The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat is a government agency in charge of coordinating and promoting Swedish polar research activities. It is located in Stockholm, has more than 30 employees, and serves under the Ministry of Education and Research. The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat does not conduct research itself, but it provides support to researchers - typically at universities - by organizing expeditions to Polar Regions, operating research stations, and providing an overall research infrastructure (logistics etc.). It also promotes polar research that does not require field work, and it takes an active role in the dissemination of research results. As part of this effort, teachers and artists are routinely part of Swedish research expeditions. The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat represents Sweden (or supports the government) in international negotiations and cooperation pertaining to polar issues. It actively pursues environmental protection of the Polar Regions.
As a government agency, the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat is mandated to co-ordinate and promotes Swedish polar research. The agency’s primary mission is to organize and support research expeditions to the Polar Regions and manage research infrastructure. The Secretariat also helps to create favorable conditions for polar research that does not involve fieldwork.
Polarforum is a meeting place for all those engaged in research concerning, or in, the Polar Regions, the Swedish mountain region and other Northern regions. The aim is to create transdisciplinary interfaces between researchers, the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat and other actors through work groups and networking. Government officials and others are welcome as observers. Polarforum currently has just over 300 members from some 40 Swedish seats of learning.
Swedish Polar Research Secretariat Research programmes as, The Swedish Arctic Research Programme (SWEDARCTIC) and the Swedish Antarctic Research Programme (SWEDARP) are designed in cooperation with the Swedish Research Council.