The Fram Centre is a proud partner and one of the venues for the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, January  20. – 24. 2019. You can get in contact with the scientists through this expert list.


In 2019 we are involved in seven research programmes, also called our flagships.

Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, technology and agreements

Melting of sea ice in the Arctic greatly impacts the global climate. We focus on social and management challenges to fisheries, shipping and petroleum-related activities. New challenges and technological solutions pertaining to rescue and oil spill response are addressed.

Contact information for the flagship:


Arild Sundfjord
Research scientist / Oceanography
Norwegian Polar Institute
+47 77 75 05 35
+47 473 04 197


Hans-Kristian Hernes

Professor, Political Science

UiT – the Arctic University of Norway

+ 47 77645602

+47 416 94 976



Karl Gunnar Aarsæther

Senior Research Scientist – Technology


+47 976 80 711

Effects of climate change on sea and coastal ecology in the north

Research in this programme addresses the multiple ways climate change impacts the physical conditions of fjords and coasts and how, in turn, habitats and food supply are affected.

Contact information for the flagship:


Lis Lindal Jørgensen

Research scientist

Institute of Marine Research, Tromsø

Phone: +47 971 85 556


Paul Renaud

Senior scientist


Phone: +47 77 75 03 19

Mobil: +47 954 70 110

Ocean acidification and ecosystems effects in Northern waters

This flagship programme contributes to the complete understanding of ocean acidification. This process will affect the productivity of ecosystems influencing ecosystem-based management and the exploitation of commercial resources, especially in the cold waters of the North, where the uptake of CO2 is substantial and expected to increase over time.

Contact information for the flagship:

Haakon Hop

Sr. Scientist

Norwegian Polar Institute

Phone: +47 77 75 05 22

Effects of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems, landscapes, society and indigenous peoples

Changes in Northern terrestrial ecosystems are highly relevant to society, in particular for agriculture, forestry, reindeer herding and nature-based industries, species and area conservation, tourism and recreation. Issues related to climate adaptation in the North, as well the significance of climate change for Sámi culture and settlement are included this flagship.

Contact information for the flagship:


Dorothee Ehrich


The Arctic University of Norway



Jarle W. Bjerke

Senior scientist

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Fram Centre


Hazardous substances – effects on ecosystems and human health

Climate change reinforces the importance of filling the gaps in our understanding of the distribution of pollutants in the Arctic and their effects on ecosystems and human health. This flagship programme also addresses the need for this knowledge to be incorporated into international agreements and processes.

Contact information for the flagship:


Eldbjørg Sofie Heimstad
Research Director
NILU – Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Fram Centre
Phone: +47 77 75 03 84
Mobil:  +47 977 50 564

Kjetil Sagerup
Senior Adviser
Akvaplan-niva AS
Phone:  +47 77 75 03 34

Environmental impact of industrial development in the north (MIKON)

MIKON’s objective is to do research that will strengthen the knowledge base used by the authorities in efforts to limit the “footprint” of industrial activity in the High North, and ensure that new industrial activity takes place within a responsible environmental framework. The research within the MIKON programme will take into consideration both existing business activities and visions/expectations of future developments.

Contact information for the flagship:


Per Fauchald

Sr. Scientist
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
Phone: +47 77 75 04 09
Mobil: +47 452 76 808

Anita Evenset
Manager, Arctic R&D
Akvaplan-niva AS

Phone: +47 77 75 03 11
Mobil: +47 990 01 591

Plastic in the Arctic

Through an interdisciplinary research program dedicated to the plastics problem, «Plastic in the Arctic» will map plastic and microplastic distribution in the Arctic and generate new knowledge about the environmental impacts of plastic. The results will contribute to research-based measures to reduce the negative effects of plastics on ecosystem services, human health and business development.

Contact information


Claudia Halsband

Sr. Scientist


Skype for business: +47 77 02 56 70


Göran Broström

Meteorologisk institutt

Phone: +47 22963348

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) is an independent foundation for nature research and research on the interaction between human society, natural resources and biodiversity

We are 265 employees, with departments in Tromsø, Bergen, Lillehammer and Oslo. Our main office is in Trondheim.

NINA is present in the Fram Centre with ca. 30 researchers focusing on ecosystem surveillance and ecosystems and climate changes.

For more information contact:

Cathrine Henaug
Research Director, Tromsø

Norsk institutt for naturforskning – NINA


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