We’re creating the world’s most unique drone conference.

18 & 19 September 2018
Svalbard 74° to 81° north

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Nordic drone event

We are inviting leading experts in the unmanned aerial vehicle industry to share their best ideas as to how drones can be used for the good of the environment.

The Nordic Drone Conference is a global climate initiative organized by UAS Norway, UAS Denmark, UAS Sweden and RPAS Finland, in close collaboration with the Norwegian union for engineers, NITO, and the non-profit unmanned vehicle systems organization AUVSI.

The primary goal is to enhance the focus on the role of drones in environmental protection work and inspire the world to get involved and become aware of drone technology and its enormous opportunities. The location of Svalbard, Norway, with its Arctic, wild and exotic nature, hopes to attract a great number of people within the drone community.

Location: Svalbard, Norway

74° to 81° north

Human population:

Polar bear population:

Home of The Svalbard Global Seed Vault

1,000 researchers from 30 nations conduct research in Svalbard every year.

Why should you attend?

Globally there are a large number of unmanned aerial vehicle conferences. This one is different.

At the Nordic Drone Conference we’re only going to invite a very small number of people to participate. You are one of them.

We’re tailoring the conference so we’re getting the right people on board whom together make a perfect match. We are inviting the leading experts in the unmanned aerial vehicle industry, environmentalists, scientists and professional end-users of unmanned systems to share their best ideas for how drones can best be used for the good of the environment. Even though the conference will be located on Svalbard, and the northern region of the world is easy to place one’s attention on, we still encourage you to think globally. We will consider the question of how drones can and will help us understand and save the environment.

One of the objectives of the conference is to focus on the fact that you, as one of the leading experts in your field, truly can make a difference by attending and sharing your knowledge with other experts in a group session, which will be streamed globally to the rest of the world.

One of the great parts of the conference is that for the first time ever we, together with DJI, will be announcing the Global Environmental Award. This prize will be given to the best environmental project that shows how drones can benefit their project in the best way possible. Prior to the conference we’ll invite participants to enter the Global Environmental Award project by submitting their proposal for projects. The three finalists will be invited to Svalbard and have their projects discussed by an expert panel.

About the event

18 & 19 September 2018
Svalbard, Norway

  • Dinner, boat trip and attendee fee

  • Attendee fee
  • Dinner 2 nights
  • Boat trip to «Pyramiden» and «Nordenskiold» glacier
  • 4.000 NOK
  • Flight, accomodation, attendee fee

  •  Attendee fee
  • Flight (Oslo – Svalbard – Oslo )
  • Accommodation hotel 3 nights
  • Dinner 2 nights
  • Boat trip to «Pyramiden» and «Nordenskiold» glacier
  • 9.900 NOK

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Practical information

Key dates:
Arrival: 17 September 2018
Conference: 18 & 19 September 2018
Departure: 20 September 2018

Flight details:
SK4414 17 September 2018 Oslo – Longyearby 09:55 – 14:00
SK4425 20 September 2018 Longyearby – Oslo 14:45 – 18:55

Attendee fee including flight*, hotel and dinner: 9,900 NOK
* Flight Oslo – Svalbard – Oslo

Since accommodation and travel to/from Svalbard has its limitations, we`ve taken the liberty of pre-booking flights to/from Oslo and a hotel room for your stay in Svalbard. Please book your flights to Oslo, Gardermoen Airport, so you can make the connection to Svalbard on Monday 17 September, departure at 09:55. Return from Svalbard is Thursday 20 September departing at 14:45 from Lonyearbyen and arriving at Oslo, Gardermoen at 18:55.

18 September

08:30 – 12:00 Keynote sessions at the University of Svalbard
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 17:00 Expert discussion of the finalists’ projects for the Global Environmental Award
18:00 Informal dinner

19 September

08:00 – 18:00 Boat trip to the glacier “Nordenskioldsbreen” and abandoned city Pyramiden on Svalbard. Practical test and usage of unmanned systems throughout the whole day.

20 September
Feel free to explore Svalbard. Please remember that the flight leaves from the airport 14:45. You should be at the airport by 13:00.

Approvals for the operations

UAS Norway will be able to assist you in getting all necessary approvals for the operations of unmanned systems at Svalbard. If you have an unmanned system you’d like to operate and demonstrate at Svalbard, please let us know so we can assist you in getting all the necessary papers in order as soon as possible.

Transport of LiPo batteries

For the flight to/from Oslo – Svalbard we have an agreement with our carrier SAS to transport LiPo batteries. If this applies to you, please contact us so we can enter this into your booking.

Full program

Tuesday 18th

Time Event
09:00-09:15 Opening of Arctic Drone event Trond Markussen – President of NITO and President of Nordic Engineers organisation
09:15-09:45 Use of UAV technology in arctic areas Rune Storvold, NORUT
09:35-09:55 The environment needs your attention Penelope Lea, Children’s Climate Panel
09:55-10:15 Coffee Break
10:15-10:35 Unmanned Vehicle Systems and data acquisition in the artic areas Geir Olav Kjøsnes, Maritime Robotics AS
10:35-10:55 Dream in Thermal: UAS Payloads in Action Randall Warnes, FLIR systems
10:55-11:15 Norwegian produced drone will increase safety and security in the high Arctic Terje Kristiansen, Andøya Space Center
11:15-11:35 An overview of recent NASA airborne science missions in the Arctic using manned and unmanned platforms Matthew Fladland, NASA
11:35-11:55 Governmental UAV partnership/Maritime broadband radio infrastructure on Svalbard Kjetil Aasebø, Norwegian Costal Administration
11:55-12:30 Lunsj
12:30-12:50 Arctic University of Tromsø – UAV engineering for the future  Håvard Mjøen and Martin Barthe
12:50-13:10 Energy efficient AUVs: the next generation of marine environmental monitoring Salve Dale, Akvaplan Niva AS
13:10-13:30 Questions and roundup  All
13:30-14:30 Bus trip to Gruve 3 – quick look around in the abandoned mine. All
14:30-15:00 Welcome, introduction of concept, and case finalist representatives Anders Martinsen and Rune Schlanbusch
15:00-16:00 Introduction and workshop – Case 1 Case 1 representative
16:00-17:00 Introduction and workshop – Case 2 Case 2 representative
17:00-17:30 Break All
17:30-18:30 Introduction and workshop – Case 3 Case 3 representative
18:30-19:00 Wrap up and break All
19:00-21:00 Dinner at Gruve 3
21:00-21:30 But trip to Longyearbyen

Wednesday 19th

Time Event
08:00 Boat leaves for Nordenskioldsbreen M/S Polargirl
08:00-08:30 Settle inn
08:30-08:50 Drones for the environment – safely Ingolv Bru, Indra Navia
08:50-09:10 Satellite independent navigation  Atle Saegrov, Radionor Communications
09:10-09:30 Presentation of NORKRING extended coverage  Jonas Jacobsson & Vivi Nyseter-Østby, NORKRING
09:30-09:50 The Governor of Svalbard`s use of UAV technology  Espen Olsen, The Governor of Svalbard
09:50-11:00 Enjoy scenery at deck and a coffee
11:00-12:00 Demonstration at Nordenskioldsbreen
12:00-13:00 Lunch and voyage to Pyramiden
13:30-15:30 Demo & guided tour at Pyramiden
15:30 Boat leaves for Longyearbyen M/S Polargirl
15:30-16:00 Settle inn and coffee
16:00-16:20 Baltic sea case studies – Emergency, research & monitoring Jari Silander, Finnish Environment Institute
16:20-16:40 Video and data management solution – go anywhere, share everywhere Jon Kaster, KSI
16:40-17:00 Enjoy scenery at deck
17:00-18:00 Dinner on deck 
18:00 Boat arrives at Longyearbyen

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Project manager Anders Martinsen
(+47) 93 63 8000

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