CIRFA has been awarded a project under the programme “International partnerships for excellent education and research” (INTPART). The project is titled “Arctic Field Summer Schools: Norway-Canada-USA collaboration” and is lead by Associate Professor Anthony Doulgeris at UiT.

The project supports a three-part research and education collaboration between UiT-the Arctic University of Norway, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and University of Calgary, Canada (UC). Both UAF and UC have worldwide recognition for their excellence to Arctic research, in particular in relation to climate issues, sea ice studies, and Earth monitoring technologies. This project will allow students of the three nations to get field experience from the physical Arctic environment, hands on knowledge on how measurements are performed to support scientific questions, and learn how environmental changes can be studied and monitored through the use of advanced remote sensing technologies. Students will develop a common understanding of knowledge gaps, research methods, technologies and data analysis requirements in Arctic monitoring, and tie this work into pressing societal information needs. This collaboration will build sustainable relationships between the institutions by exploiting the experience, resources, infrastructure, and complementary expertise of the partners.

This year, a total of 20 INTPART projects, out of 69 applications, were awarded funding for international collaboration on research and higher education.


The programme will promote the development of long-term relations between Norwegian higher education and research institutions and high-quality academic environments/research groups in the eight priority countries.

The objective of the INTPART programme is to develop world-class research and education in Norway. The programme will create a framework for expanding cooperation between research groups considered to be at the international forefront today or that are believed to have the potential to become world leaders in their fields in the future.

The programme will help to increase the extent and enhance the quality and relevance of scientific cooperation with selected countries, in particular by establishing strong ties between higher education and research cooperation. It will also pave the way for cooperation with the business and public sectors, when relevant. The programme will ensure that its portfolio covers all eight countries: Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa and the USA, and encompasses both new and established partnerships.

The programme will provide funding for the establishment and further development of institutional cooperation on research and higher education. In addition to including relevant academic environments/research groups, the collaborative activities should also involve strategic leadership and administration, and be reflected in the strategic plans of the applicant institution.

Educational cooperation must be integrated as far as possible in the institution’s other educational programmes, and must comprise activities that extend beyond collaboration between individual researchers and doctoral candidates.

Read more about this year’s awarded INTPART projects.


Iceberg in Kongsfjorden (Photo: S. Gerland).
Iceberg in Kongsfjorden (Photo: S. Gerland).