Since its  inception in 1994, the Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC) has  been working to enhance cooperation and coordination between researchers and research activities in Ny-Ålesund. The committee includes representatives from all parties with major vested interests in Ny-Ålesund.

What we do

NySMAC contributes to the development of Ny-Ålesund as an outstanding site for Arctic research and environmental monitoring by advancing cooperation between scientists and research projects and by encouraging effective and sustainable use of Ny-Ålesund as a research site. As a major initiative to promote international collaboration, NySMAC contributed to the development of the four Ny-Ålesund flagship programmes.

NySMAC also provides advice and comments on research projects, research planning and coordination, infrastructure development and environmental protection. 

Central NySMAC Documents

NySMAC’s governing documents are the Founding Articles (from 1995, slightly adjusted in 2000) and NySMACs Terms of Reference.

NySMAC Founding Article (2000, pdf)

NySMAC Terms of Reference (2020, pdf)

NySMAC currently has a task force group drafting a strategy document for NySMAC to be put forward to NySMAC at their next meeting in March 2021.

The NySMAC Charter document gives a complete overview of policies agreed on by NySMAC since its creation in 1994.The current version from 2017 is slightly outdated. NySMAC will have a process to update this when the strategy plan is approved.

NySMAC Charter (last updated in 2017, pdf)

Who we are

NySMAC currently consists of 18 member institutions, and four observer institutions. A NySMAC Terms of Reference document is currently being developed based on input at the NySMAC meeting in November 2020.

The NySMAC secretariat is hosted by the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø. NySMAC convenes twice a year.

The meeting documents from previous meetings can be found in a dedicated password-protected NySMAC archive.

NySMAC Password-Protected Document Archive

You need a password to access this. Please contact the NySMAC secretariat if you need help.

The general document archive contains all NySMAC documents which are open for all. Use the category NySMAC to find all these.

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The NySMAC PID forum is an internal forum for NySMAC members to inform and discuss about project and program activities and other more general issues.

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