Frequently Asked Questions

Working groups (4)

That depends on the work plans, but it is up to each representative to adjust the individual work load. When preparing the work programme for the next year, a ‘in-kind budget’ is made, estimating the work load which follows each task in the work programme. Members take responsibilities for these tasks and commit their in-kind contribution for the next year.

Some examples of activities during the previous years:

  • IAG wrote a communication strategy document as deliverable and advises in ongoing outreach activities;
  • RICC worked on the observation facility catalogue and actively contributes to the Access programme to SIOS Research Infrastructure;
  • SOAG is working on the research infrastructure optimisation report and develops the SIOS core data;
  • RSWG is organising montly webinars on topics related to remote sensing in Svalbard;
  • SDMS WG has tasks like programming, preparations of end points, documenting data and data life cycle guidance in addition to developing policy documents.

There will be at least one physical meeting during the Polar Night Week. If the working group deems it necessary there may be other physical meetings, i.e. at a partner institute or other central places. Usually there is not more than maximum two physical meetings per working group. Physical meetings will typically be ½ or 1 day meetings.

Yes, during our annual meeting "SIOS Polar Night Week (PNW)" in January. The aim with the PNW is to gather all working groups and others involved in SIOS in Longyearbyen for one week – as a forum for innovation and further development of SIOS and ESS in general. There will be working group meetings, discussion forums, task forces will be established etc. Read more about the Polar Night Week here:

There is an updated list of all of our current working groups on our website: Following the links for the working groups you will find their terms of reference and their current work programme.