Connecting Science with Society

EU-PolarNet is the world’s largest consortium of expertise and infrastructure for polar research. Seventeen countries are represented by 22 of Europe’s internationally-respected multi-disciplinary research institutions. From 2015-2020, EU-PolarNet will develop and deliver a strategic framework and mechanisms to prioritise science, optimise the use of polar infrastructure, and broker new partnerships that will lead to the co-design of polar research projects that deliver tangible benefits for society. By adopting a higher degree of coordination of polar research and operations than has existed previously the consortium engages in closer cooperation with all relevant actors on an international level.
EU-PolarNet moreover benefits from its close cooperation with the European Polar Board (EPB), as outcomes from EU-PolarNet will add long-term value to EPB activity in providing strategic science policy advice to the European Commission and other international bodies. A major benefit of the involvement and support of the EPB is that the legacy of EU-PolarNet can be reliably sustained by the Board into the future.


EU-PolarNet starts into its second year

One year into the project and four years to go, the second EU-PolarNet General Assembly was a timely occasion to both look back at what has been achieved so far and to look ahead towards upcoming tasks and challenges. Read more..

Polar research in Portugal

Maria Teresa Cabrita and Gonçalo Vieira present the milestones, drivers and current initiatives of Portuguese polar research Portuguese Polar Researchin this overview.



EU-PolarNet is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme. Grant agreement number 652641.

27th May 2016

Two new cooperation partners

Arctic Portal and the University of the Arctic are now EU-PolarNet cooperation partners. Find out who else we are working with.

25th May 2016

3rd EU-PolarNet Newsletter

The third EU-PolarNet newsletter has been released with information about what the consortium has been working on the past months. Have a look!

27th April 2016

An Integrated EU policy for the Arctic

Today the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission adopted an integrated EU policy for the Arctic that is meant to guide the actions of the European Union in the Arctic region. To learn more about the policy please visit the website of the European Commission.

9th March 2016

Public Consultation on Research Priorities

Thank you very much to everybody, who participated in our public consultation on European research objectives in polar research! We recived a total of 236 replies from 23 countries and are now working on evaluating the responses. Further consultation results will be published here in the course of the following weeks - so please check back.  Click here to learn more.