Researchers are attracted by the unique qualities of the place which includes easy access to modern communications, pristine, virtually unpolluted surroundings and a place on the globe that provides special opportunities to study climate change.
Around the village are numerous glaciers, permafrost areas, a fjord that serves as a climate indicator of the state in the ocean as well as sensitive ecosystems in the water and on land.
The Svalbard treaty has made many nations look towards Svalbard when pursuing Arctic research. The international scientific cadre comes from many research fields to this settlement in the high Arctic, giving great opportunities for interdisciplinary research.
The surroundings and enticing history give great inspiration for co-operation, friendship, scientific creativity, hard work and devotion towards finding knowledge that can help us make good choices for the future of culture, peace and our environment in the Arctic.