Jun. 18, 2009
Idea and organization
The idea for the school came from NILU, and it is organized and sponsored by UNIS (The University Centre in Svalbard), The Norwegian Space Centre and NILU.
The programme includes lectures from world-leading experts, practical exercises, a visit to KSAT, the obligatory social events (including a BBQ at the beach of Longyearbyen), and the even more obligatory (at Svalbard) safety lecture and rifle practice course (highly popular).
Details of the school programme can be found at http://school.nilu.no/.
Over 100 applicants applied to the School, and 45 were accepted. The successful and well-qualified candidates come from the following countries: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, UK and the USA.
Their interests and work cover all areas dealing with the Arctic Earth System: atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, land and ocean. ESA are sponsoring 5 students, and WMO one student. And there are more women students than men students
Organizing this school has shown the large demand for these training activities, especially when the topic, lecturers, location and programme come together to constitute a world-class package. Remember, it is not just about attracting the students – you have to attract the people supporting the attendance of the students. The school, once it finishes in about 3 weeks, is expected to show that NILU can play a key role in providing such a world-class package.
The summer school is also sponsored by ESA (European Space Agency), WMO (World Meteorological Office) and KSAT (Kongsberg Satellite Services