Facilities

Laboratories

On the first floor of the A building, there are chemistry, microscopy and plant labs that are used as shared labs, as are the two geology labs on the ground floor: they are free to use by anyone staying at the research station. However, for co-ordination purposes, you must inform us of such needs beforehand. Once at the station, you should also use the booking lists on the laboratory entrance doors when you want to work there.

On the ground floor of the A building there are a few labs that can be assigned to research projects. The use of these labs will be planned on a season-by-season basis by the station management. If you need private lab space, you should make sure that you include this in your application.

Lab hosts

Abisko Scientific Research Station has a system of lab hosts, who will help you to find your way around the labs and ensure that the labs are kept in order. The lab hosts are Majlis Kardefeldt, Lilian Ericsson and Keith Larson (CIRC Superintendent).

Offices and work space

On the upper floor of the B building, there are four smaller work/meeting rooms. You are welcome to use these for office work if they are not booked for conferences etc. Wi-Fi is available in the B building.

On the first and ground floors of the A building there are offices that can be assigned to research projects. The use of these offices will be planned on a season-by-season basis by the station management. If you need a private office, you should make sure that you include this in your application.

Lecture halls and meeting rooms

In addition to the old and new lecture halls, we have created five more meeting rooms in the B building – one on the ground floor that seats 12–14 people, and four on the upper floor that seat 6–8 people each. All of these can be booked for conferences, courses etc.

Storage, including freezer and fridges

If there is anything you want to store outside your accommodation, you need to arrange this with the station staff – this includes samples in the refrigerator and freezer rooms. Anything you want to store needs to be labelled and registered. The reason for this is that we sometimes need to reorganize the storage to allow for cleaning and maintenance, as well as making sure that things are not left behind and forgotten about.

At the end of the season (late October/early November) we will make an inventory of all spaces, i.e. offices, labs, storage rooms, lockers, freezer, fridges etc. Any unmarked/unregistered items may then be removed for destruction – including unmarked samples!

Field huts

Abisko Scientific Research Station has a total of five field huts that you can book. Myrvillan in Stordalen is mainly used as a day shelter and for equipment storage. North of Torneträsk there are two huts, at Jieprenkiedde and Lullihatjårro. To the west of Abisko, there are huts at Latnajaure and in Kärkevagge. All field huts offer simple accommodation.

Other services

There are three vehicles available for hire at the station: two station wagons and a minibus. You can book them at the reception. We urge you to coordinate the hire and use of cars so that we can offer transportation to more users. You should be aware that the station staff may require the use of cars or may give other users priority, so if you absolutely need a car during your visit, we recommend that you rent one at Kiruna Airport.

Before sending any equipment, instruments etc. to the station, you must contact the station staff to make sure that proper procedures are followed. This is of particular importance if you ship things from abroad. Should you need things sent from the research station, the staff can help you with this; any cost incurred will be added to your invoice.

The station technicians are happy to help out if you need something done in the workshop or in the field. However, at times they have a lot to do, so they might not be able to help you immediately. You are not allowed to use the workshops without prior permission from the station technicians. If you need any particular service, e.g. gas supply or help from a technician on a given date, you should make sure that you include this request in your application.

Map of the Abisko Scientific Research Station

Last modified: 6 April 2017