Welcome to the first EU-PolarNet 2 newsletter in 2023! We are looking forward to an exciting 3rd year of our project. This year we will focus strongly on research prioritisation. The highlight will be a workshop in June with members of our Polar Expert Group and other high-level scientists and stakeholders. We will also be promoting further service contracts in the field of climate science to contribute to research prioritisation. Another transdisciplinary workshop is planned in Brussels early this summer, which will focus on Antarctic science and policy.

Last but not least, we will continue to develop the structures for the European Polar Coordination Office, which will be the legacy of EU-PolarNet.

Stay tuned for an exciting year with EU-PolarNet 2!



EU-PolarNet 2 at Arctic Circle

EU-PolarNet 2 had two sessions at Arctic Circle, both on October 15. The first session, called “Funding International Arctic Science”, addressed the need for stronger international coordination of Arctic science funding and the state of Arctic research. The consecutive session “EU-PolarNet 2 – structure of European Polar research funding: dialogue and cooperation” presented the overall goals and objectives of the EU-PolarNet 2 project and focussed on the structure of European Polar Research Funding and cooperation with partners beyond Europe.

In parallel, EU-PolarNet 2 was part of a panel about “EU-Arctic cooperation: challenges, collaboration and results”, organised by the European Commission, on 15 October 2022.

New features of the Catalyst platform

Have you visited the Catalyst Platform yet? It is one of the main cooperation tools developed by EU-PolarNet 2 that shall improve the information flow within the European Polar community. Learn about the interactive platform in these new, short video tutorials and join the European polar research community today! More information here.

EU-PolarNet 2 session at ASSW2023

EU-PolarNet 2 organises a session at Arctic Science Summit Week ASSW2023 called “EU-PolarNet 2: advancing European Polar research strategies”, on 21 February 2023, 8:30 – 10:00 CET. The session will include short presentations about the EU-PolarNet 2 research prioritisation process, as well as a panel discussion and open debate on the research needs of our various stakeholders. More information here.

EU-PolarNet 2 stakeholder workshop in Nuuk, Greenland

In early November 2022, EU-PolarNet 2 held its second transdisciplinary workshop in Nuuk, Greenland. The workshop was hosted by our partners from the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources. The workshop aimed to elaborate Research Priorities of local stake- and rightsholders in Greenland. Read more.

EUROGEO Workshop 2022

On 8th December 2022, EU - PolarNet 2 & the EPB successfully co-chaired the session "EU polar observations – challenges ahead in terms of technology and governance" at theEuroGEO Workshop 2022 in Athens.


EU Polar Cluster news

In October 2022, the EU Polar Cluster had a booth at the Arctic Circle Assembly 2022 in Reykjavík. The booth was organized and managed by members of EU-PolarNet 2 and the European Polar Board. The EU Polar Cluster had also a booth at AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall Meeting 2022 in Chicago. The booth was organised and managed for the EU Polar Cluster by the European Polar Board Secretariat and included information flyers from all of the Cluster Members.

The EU Polar Cluster welcomes its new members: APECS, AI-ARC, EPOC and OCEAN:ICE became members of the Cluster in autumn 2022. The EU Polar Cluster will be present at ASSW2023. It will host a business and community meeting on 18 February 2023 and a Polar Research Communications Meeting on 21 February 2023. Both are public and hybrid events.
Since summer 2021, the EU Polar Cluster publishes its own regular newsletters. Read the latest edition of the EU Polar Cluster and sign up to the Cluster newsletter here.


Parner highlights on polar research

IGOT is launching the Portuguese Polar Campaign PROPOLAR 2022-23

The Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT), the Portuguese partner in EU-PolarNet 2, is organizing the Portuguese Polar Campaign PROPOLAR 2022-23. This season, 4 projects from different national research institutions will be developed in the Arctic and 7 in Antarctica, in topics as varied as Antarctic fisheries and food webs, Arctic bird migration, atmospheric rivers, changing permafrost, deep-sea ecology, ecosystem multifunctionality, just to name a few. Find out more.

An overview of the activities of CNR

The main research interests of the Institute of Polar Sciences of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-ISP) have mainly focused on the studies on: Natural risks and anthropogenic impacts, Paleoclimate and paleoenvironments, Global change, Earth Observation and Biosciences at both Poles. In the Arctic area research activities took place under the auspices of the Italian Arctic Research Program (PRA) and the EU INTERACT III cooperation program, spanning from the Canadian to European Arctic. Calls were also included for improving or upgrading the infrastructures present in the Arctic.
Find out more.

Urbanisation and development of technological support for human life in the Arctic

The Arctic brings new opportunities for industrial developments. Urbanisation and development of all technological support for human life is one of the most globally urgent tasks for future. The construction of the Arctic photobioreactor and pilot experiments with the closed rotated type; annular column, aerated by air + CO2 mixture in Svalbard was tested in summer season 2022.
Find out more.

Alfred Wegener Institute and the MOSAiC research expedition awarded the Arctic Circle Prize

The Alfred Wegener Institute and the MOSAiC research expedition were awarded the Arctic Circle Prize on Saturday, 15 October 2022 in Reykjavik. With the prize, the international organisation Arctic Circle recognises extraordinary contributions to securing a sustainable and prosperous future in the Arctic.

Arctic Ocean: Greater Future acidification in summer

Over the past 200 years, our planet’s oceans have absorbed more than a quarter of all anthropogenic carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. In this regard, the water’s pH value isn’t constant; it varies both seasonally and regionally. But that could soon change, as experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute report in the journal Nature. Find out more.

SIOS-Planet call

The SIOS−Planet cooperation project proposal call to demonstrate the usability of high-resolution Planet data in the Arctic is to provide free access to high-resolution optical satellite data acquired by Planet’s satellite constellation to stimulate geospatial product generation in Svalbard. In cooperation with Planet, the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) is inviting project scientific proposals from the global Arctic science community to demonstrate the usability of high-resolution data in Svalbard. Deadline is 28 February 2023. Find out more.

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