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Published: 29 March 2016  
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Science in society  |  Environment  |  Research policy  |  Success stories

 

Countries involved in the project described in the article:
Austria  |  Belgium  |  Bulgaria  |  Finland  |  France  |  Germany  |  Italy  |  Netherlands  |  Norway  |  Poland  |  Portugal  |  Spain  |  Sweden  |  United Kingdom
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A wider circle for European polar research

The polar regions are often seen as a barometer for the health of the global environment, and understanding how changes in this area affect Europe and the world had become essential. An alliance of 22 research institutes has therefore set out to enhance the integration of European capabilities for polar research and maximise the benefits to society.

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Global warming has led to profound changes in the polar regions. This development has implications reaching far beyond the high latitudes. Polar issues have therefore been rising up the political agenda across Europe, generating a stronger demand for information on the associated opportunities and risks from Europe’s policy- and decision-makers.

An EU-funded coordination and support action named EU-PolarNet is boosting Europe’s ability to study the processes at play and generate new knowledge. Launched in March 2015, it combines the competences of 22 renowned, multidisciplinary institutions from 17 European countries — making it the world’s largest consortium of polar research expertise and infrastructure.

In line with its leitmotiv “Connecting Science with Society”, EU-PolarNet aims to create a suite of proposals for research that will generate scientific outcomes of direct relevance and benefit to European society and to the economy.

To do so, the consortium will maintain a dialogue involving policy-makers, business and industry leaders, local communities and scientists throughout the project. The aim of this interaction is to co-design an Integrated European Research Programme for the Antarctic and the Arctic.

EU-PolarNet will also work closely with the European Commission, providing support and advice on all issues related to the polar regions, and establish close relations with international partners.

Project details

  • Project acronym:EU-PolarNet
  • Participants:Germany (Coordinator), France, UK, Italy, Sweden, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Finland, Poland
  • Project Reference N° 652641
  • Total cost: € 2 174 503
  • EU contribution: € 2 174 503
  • Duration:March 2015 - March 2020

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