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Academia Borealis, Northern-Norway’s Academy of Science and Letters

The main purpose of Academia Borealis, Northern-Norway’s Academy of Science and Letters is to promote the importance of science and scholarship in our society (Statutes, §2). So far the main activity of the Academy has consisted of lectures by established researchers who present their research for a wider audience than scholars in their own field. The discussions following the lectures may provide a deeper understanding of the topic. Lectures are open to the public and are advertised in local newspapers.

Since 2018 , the Board has consisted of  (left to right) Førsteamanuensis Rune Blix Hagen, Professor Åshild Fredriksen (Secretary General), Professor Emerita Synnøve des Bouvrie (President), Professor Steinar Thorvaldsen, and Professor Jens-Ivar Nergård,.


The Academy has 170 members,  researchers from Tromsø institutions residing in Tromsø, as well as members from elsewhere in Norway and abroad.  How new members are elected is described and specified in the Statutes § 3-4.


1) Academia Borealis manages the fund, “The Comet – North-Norway’s Research Fund”, whose purpose it is to support research, primarily in and about North-Norway. The research fund was established in 2003 by merging two older funds as well as a gift from the local researcher’s union.

Master and doctoral students may apply for scholarships from the Fund (these are advertised annually), including also grants for fieldwork, travel, and necessary equipment.