Few places are transformed more rapidly by on-going climate change than the Svalbard archipelago. The scientific potential of this unique natural laboratory to constrain the trajectory of future change is reflected by a surge in research activity and infrastructure development. Yet research is often conducted along the lines of established disciplines, despite the demonstrated added value of inter-disciplinary cross-fertilization. To catalyze this process and intensify scientific innovation, SVALHOLA seeks to create a platform for discussion and collaboration for research focused on climate and glacier change on Svalbard. We will do so through a series of workshops, aimed at I) identifying promising avenues and critical knowledge gaps for the community, and II) bringing together the interdisciplinary research consortia that are urgently needed to address these challenges. Concretely, these efforts will deliver a) a synthesis paper that will review the current state of knowledge, b) a community authored roadmap that outlines future research priorities, and c) a series of collaborative proposals. By doing so, SVALHOLA will help herald a new area of intensified cooperation and resource pooling that has the potential to transform the Svalbard climate science community.