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The French Polar Institute is pleased to announce the start of the polar months preceding the ATCM

From June 14 to 24, 2021, France is hosting and chairing the 43rd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM). The objectives of this diplomatic meeting are to negotiate new regulatory measures and allow the exchange of information, to examine questions of common interest concerning Antarctica, to study, formulate and recommend measures to their governments. intended to ensure respect for the principles and pursuit of the objectives of the Treaty.

In this context, the French Polar Institute and its partners are deploying a series of events.

List of events:

  • Thursday, March 25, 2021: Press release, the Polar Institute presents its Carbon assessment

  • From March 29, Océanopolis and the French Polar Institute Paul-Émile Victor are joining forces to offer the general public and schools a " Connected Polar Festival " taking place more widely in the Polar Months, events organized during the months preceding the RCTA.
    • Junior Polar Seminar , Monday March 29 Like the scientific conferences, the 115 students participating in this junior polar seminar were invited to prepare in advance, in class, a subject dedicated to the poles.
    • Conference - round table "The poles: science, geopolitics and risk management" Friday April 2, at 8:30 p.m. Live broadcast on Facebook and in replay on YouTube : The two poles of the planet focus on important societal issues relating to research, the environment, the economy, geostrategy or even defense. The common vector for these subjects lies in the notion of risk: human, environmental, geopolitical risk, risk of conflict. The speakers, each bringing a strong national competence on the subject while being based in Brest, will bring their professional perspective to this central and fascinating subject in more than one respect.
    • Live broadcasts around the exhibition "Polar animals, a scientist's life" Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 April, from 2:30 p.m. Live broadcast on Facebook and replay on YouTube How animals tell us more about climate change in polar zones? In total, 6 researchers will take turns on these two afternoons dedicated to the knowledge of polar animals.
  • Friday April 2: Brest Business School Co-organization UMR Amure (Center for Law and Economics of the Sea), University of Western Brittany, European University Institute of the Sea (IUEM)
    • 9 am-10.30am: Round table on Polar Regions, a need for risk management? Long protected from human activities, the polar regions attract envy. The prospects for economic uses of the region are intensifying both in terms of commercial navigation and the exploitation of resources. States are therefore faced with the desire of companies eager for new commercial activities in areas which are nevertheless characterized by the fragility of their natural environment.
  • Week of May 17 to 21: APECS
    • Polar Week: Popular science event on the theme of the poles . It is organized by APECS-France, the French national committee of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and takes place twice a year in spring and fall. During Polar Week, young researchers present different aspects of science around the poles in the form of free video-conferences for young people in primary school.
  • April 2021 to mid-June 2021: French Polar Institute
    • Pastille Mondays : a short video of discovery or interview for another look at the poles
    • Fridays of polar history : an archive of the Archipôles site unveiled to tell the French polar history
  • Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 May
    • CNFRA days at the Oceanography Institute
    • General public conference