Task 1.3

International cooperation and Transatlantic Research Alliance

Due to the remoteness of the polar areas and the high costs associated with research there, polar scientists and infrastructure providers already have a long tradition of cooperating with each other on an international level. Nevertheless, to significantly improve the output and outcomes of polar research and the access to national infrastructures or territories this international cooperation still needs to be improved and new partners on the EU and international level have to be involved.

The general aim of this task is therefore to establish and secure a reliable cooperation between EU-PolarNet and third-countries carrying out research activities in the Polar Regions, and foster active collaboration with these partners. It will support the implementation of the Transatlantic Research Alliance by assisting the project partners in cooperating with US and Canadian research organisations and networks.

EU-PolarNet has a strong connection to IASC and SCAR. Both organisations have agreed to the support the goals of EU-PolarNet and give the project access to the whole international research community.

This task will support the Work Packages 2, 3 and 4 in establishing and maintaining relations with international partners and organisations. Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) and Institut polaire français Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV) will co-lead this task, because both partners have strong and long-lasting international relationships with relevant players in the Arctic and Antarctic. The World Ocean Council (WOC) will also play a significant role here.

This task will focus on:

  • Supporting the EU-PolarNet consortium in connecting to international partners by continuously scanning international polar activities.

  • Identifying the most important third-country partners and recommend an International Cooperation Strategy for European Polar Research.

  • Actively implementing the Transatlantic Research Alliance by ensuring that the US and Canadian partners are taking part in all EU-PolarNet actions.

  • Providing European and international scientists with a platform to interact (physically by organising meetings at side events on polar related conferences and virtually through the EU-PolarNet website).

  • Regularly informing international partners and organisations of the progress made in EU-PolarNet in close cooperation with Work Package 4.

  • Working towards sustaining international cooperation by preparing collaborative agreements between the European Polar Board and US and Canadian institutes and organisations, as well as other international partners and organisations.

Work Package lead

Nicole Biebow
Project Manager EU-PolarNet
Alfred-Wegener-Institut (AWI)
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Bremerhaven, Germany
Tel.: (+49) 4714/831-1011
Email: nicole.biebow@awi.de

Task leads