NIERSC was officially founded in 1992 in St. Petersburg, Russia after the initiation by Prof. Ola M. Johannessen and Academician Kirill Ya. Kondratyev (1920-2006). The joint-venture had four co-founders: Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Bergen, Norway; Research Centre for Ecological Safety of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia; Max Planck Society, Munich, Germany; and Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, Ann-Arbor, MI, USA with a support of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission by Prof.Jean-Pierre Contzen (12.02.35 - 27.10.2015). In 2001 NIERSC was re-registred into a non-profit Scientific Foundation. At present it has six founders.
Legal Matters and Major events at the Nansen Centre:
Establishment (registered as a noncommercial company at the office of Vice Governer of St. Petersburg, signed by Vladimir Putin) – 19 October 1992.
Registration as a Scientific Foundation – 2 July 2001
Scientific accreditation at the Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology of RF – 26 December 2002
Organization and holding of the 31st International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment,
St. Petersburg, 20 - 24 June 2005
Descartes Award of the European Union in 2005 for the project "Changes in the environment and climate in the Arctic» (CECA) - 2 December 2005
Official opening of the «Nansens House» – the new premises of the Nansen Center, in St. Petersburg,
9 December 2005
Roshydromet Licensing – 3 July 2006
Re-registration as a Scientific Foundation according to new RF law on non-commercial organizations –
22 December 2006
Visit of Norwegian Minister of Education and Research Mr. ystein Djupedal - 18 September 2006
Visit of the Committee for foreign affairs of the Norwegian Parliament, 18 January 2007
Roscocmos Licensing – 5 November 2008
On 19th October 2012 NIERSC celebrated its 20th anniversary. The staff of our centre looks into the future with optimism and is ready for conducting the research in the framework of new research projects and for supervising new promising PhD students.