Research in Ny-Ålesund centers around the independent stations and institutions that are based in the settlement. Increasing activities were causing a need for cooperation and coordination of the scientific efforts, and spurred the idea of establishing the Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC). The committee was established in 1994, and has since been meeting twice annually. Members of the committe consist of representatives of the institutions involved in research and services in Ny-Ålesund.
Planning of future research, information about existing research, and commenting the overall developments of Ny-Ålesund stands at the core of NySMAC's activities. In addition NySMAC also convenes a science seminar and workshop every two years.
NySMAC has no representative in Ny-Ålesund. The secretariat is located at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø.
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