EU-PolarNet Newsletter

The EU-PolarNet newsletter informs you regularly about news from the consortium and affiliated projects, reflects on developments in European polar research and gives a glimpse on conferences and events coming up in near future.

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Current issue: December 2019

EU-PolarNet is in its last year

We are preparing our last major deliverables as e.g. the Integrated European Polar Research Programme or the White paper on European polar infrastructure access and interoperability! We are looking forward to many interesting conferences and events coming up in the next months, hoping that they will give us the opportunity to meet you in person soon. We would like to inform you that we have faced staff changes in the EU-PolarNet management team. Kristina Baer left EU-PolarNet for an exciting positon at the Arctic Circle Secretariat and David Velazquez joined the EU-PolarNet team as new communication officer. We would like to thank Kristina very much for her outstanding contribution to the development of this project!!

European Polar Research Programme Workshop

EU-PolarNet organised a three-day workshop in Sandbjerg Gods (Denmark), bringing together 21 polar experts from different disciplines to discuss the on-going development of the Integrated European Polar Research Programme. The output are seven truly transdisciplinary Research Needs. Learn more about the workshop and its outputs here.

Arctic Circle 2019 Assembly

During the Arctic Circle Assembly 2019 in Reykjavik, we had the chance to share the last advances of the Integrated European Polar Research Programme in a well-attended breakout session co-organised with APPLICATE and NUNATARYUK on “Connecting Arctic science with society: Lessons learned and progress”.

The session showcased examples of collaborative approaches to knowledge exchange between research and society and fostered active discussions on how to further improve science - stakeholder cooperation in Arctic research. More information here.

The EU Polar Cluster

The currently funded Horizon 2020 Polar projects together build the EU Polar Cluster – a network, which merges the most up-to-date findings on Polar change and its global implications. We are happy to welcome new projects focusing on research in Antarctica: SO-CHIC, Beyond EPICA, FORCeS and TiPACCs. More information is available here.

Polar stakeholder consultations

EU-PolarNet conducted in 2015-2018 twelve stakeholder events focused on a topical Polar issue and involving different stakeholders (e.g. Industry, policy makers, and Arctic Indigenous Peoples) and researchers. These events were used to identify the societal needs and challenges for the development of the Integrated European Polar Research Programme and for learning and sharing information on best practices in stakeholder engagement. The outcomes are now online.

Public deliverables

White paper on status of stakeholder engagement in polar research

European and global society are affected by the current challenges driven by climate change and globalization. These challenges affect all sectors in society and it is inevitable that societies cannot tackle the problems by themselves, but science, research and innovations are needed for finding sustainable solutions. Get more info about the full White Paper here.


Roadmap for optimisation of monitoring and modelling programmes

The document reviews a series of recent documents for their recommendations on Polar
monitoring/observing and modelling. The recommendations raise the need for long-term, sustained observations, resulting in longer time-series of data with a better spatial coverage and the inclusion of more variables. Download the full version here.

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