European Polar Board

With the current hosting period of the European Polar Board (EPB) Secretariat at the Dutch Research Council (NWO) coming to an end in December 2024, the EPB Members have decided that the EPB Secretariat will move to, and be hosted by the Arctic Center at Umeå University, Sweden from January 2025.

From January 2025 the EPB will also establish and host the European Polar Coordination Office (EPCO). EPCO will act as a central contact point between the European scientific community and the European Commission (EC), policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders. Representing EU-funded polar projects and European researchers in both polar regions, EPCO will provide expert input and advice to European policy actors, such as the EC and national and regional agencies, aiding informed decision-making on polar issues, opportunities, priorities, and challenges. EPCO aims to highlight the significance of polar regions in global climate systems and ensure continued funding for polar research through the EU and other funding agencies.

Additionally, EPCO will coordinate the EU Polar Cluster and promote collaboration and cooperation within the European polar science community.

What is the European Polar Board

The European Polar Board (EPB) is an independent organisation focused on major strategic priorities in the Arctic and Antarctic. EPB Members include research institutes, logistics operators, funding agencies, scientific academies and government ministries from across Europe.

The EPB’s vision is of a strong and cohesive European Polar research community, wherein decisions affecting or affected by the Polar Regions are informed by independent, accurate, and timely advice from the EPB.

The EPB has a mission to improve European coordination in Arctic and Antarctic research through improved information sharing, optimised infrastructure use and joint initiatives between Members.

EPB promotes multilateral collaborative activities between its Members and provides a single contact point to the European Polar research community as a whole for international partners.

The EPB engages in large-scale Arctic and Antarctic projects in collaboration with European and international partners. Its activities primarily involve coordinating polar research and communicating with policymakers and other stakeholders. Current projects include INTERACT III, SO-CHIC, Arctic PASSION, OCEAN:ICE, POLARIN, and EU-PolarNet 2.

Source: EPB 

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