In partnership with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the EPB organises a series of webinars that aim to connect polar research and policy. The webinars are aimed at polar researchers, policymakers and other professionals at all career stages.
Recordings of all EPB-APECS webinars can be viewed via the EPB YouTube channel.
For the fourth EPB-APECS webinar, held on Tuesday 5th June 2018, Kristina Bär, EU-PolarNet Communications Officer, introduced the EU Arctic Cluster and how it is bringing together EU-funded polar research projects to jointly maximise their impact.
The EU Arctic Cluster is a network of Horizon 2020 and a Framework Programme 7 funded Arctic projects, with the European Polar Board (EPB) as an affiliated partner. Currently it comprises eight projects: APPLICATE, ARICE, Blue-Action, EU-PolarNet, ICE-ARC, iCUPE, INTAROS, INTERACT, and NUNATARYUK. The Cluster thus merges a broad spectrum of research and coordination activities - ranging from the most up-to-date findings on permafrost and sea ice, from enhancing observation to improving predictions, and from networking research stations to coordinating access to icebreakers.
The EU Arctic Cluster's objective is to bring the insights from various areas of expertise together in order to provide one entry point to EU funded Arctic research. Jointly the Cluster aims to provide policy-relevant information and support the EU in implementing its integrated policy for the Arctic.
For the third EPB-APECS webinar, held on 15th March 2018, Jennifer Ngo-Anh, Head of the Human Research Office at the European Space Agency (ESA), gave an overview of ESA's Human Research Programme, including their work at Concordia research station in Antarctica.
The second EPB-APECS webinar, held on Thursday 2nd November 2017, saw Timo Koivurova, Director and Research Professor at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, present “An introduction to the Arctic Council”.
The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities, and other Arctic inhabitants. Giving an overview of its structure, including Members, Permanent Participants, and Working Groups, this webinar acts as an introduction to the Arctic Council, providing information on its workings, issues of focus, recent achievements, and advice on how researchers can participate in its activities.
The first EPB-APECS webinar, on "The Antarctic Treaty and the protection of the environment", was given by Yves Frenot, Director of the Insitut Polaire Français Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV), on 26th October 2017.
The Antarctic Treaty, signed in Washington on December 1, 1959, has the purpose to ensure that "in the interest of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue for ever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord". Signed in 1991, the Protocol on Environmental Protection (the Madrid Protocol) to the Treaty, designates Antarctica as “a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science”. This webinar gives an overview of how the Antarctic Treaty and its Madrid Protocol work, and how the Treaty system is used to protect the Antarctic environment.