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Networking from Pole to Pole: Facilitating Access for Research and Infrastructure (All-Atlantic2021 side event)

Registration is now open for the side event on Polar Research “Networking from Pole to Pole: Facilitating Access for Research and Infrastructure” (, as part of The All-Atlantic2021 – All-Atlantic R&I for a Sustainable Ocean: Ministerial High-Level & Stakeholders Conference. The event aims to discuss how we can better cooperate in Polar Research (Arctic and Antarctic/Southern Ocean) and infrastructures. The webinar is organized jointly by EU-PolarNet 2 and the European Polar Board and will be held as virtual meeting at 16:00 – 18:00 CEST on Wednesday 02nd June

The purpose of the meeting is to initiate a dialogue and develop networks that facilitate access for All-Atlantic partners to national research facilities and infrastructure at the poles. The side event will start with presentations by the AANCHOR partner countries, international initiatives of interest, followed by a moderated discussion about joint interest and next steps.

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  • Welcome by the organisers (R. Badhe (EPB) and N. Biebow (EU-PolarNet 2))
  • Introduction to the Polar Research Programmes of the All-Atlantic partners:(10 min presentations) Chair: N. Biebow (EU-PolarNet 2)
    • Brazil: Jefferson Simões
    • South Africa: South African Polar Research Infrastructure representative
    • Canada: Liisa Peramaki, Alain Dupuis
    • Europe: Renuka Badhe
  • Break (5 minutes)
  • Best practise examples for cross-border access to infrastructures and sharing of logistics (10 min presentations) Chair: R. Badhe (EPB)
    • Setting the scene: Recommendations from the EU-PolarNet Infrastructure White Paper: G. Vieira (IGOT, Portugal)
    • Arctic Examples:
      • Cross-border access to Arctic icebreakers – ARICE: V. Willmott (AWI, Germany)
      • Cross-border access to Arctic research stations – INTERACT: M. Johansson (Lund University, Sweden)
    • Antarctic Examples:
      • COMNAP Efficiency Task Force: Antarctic Peninsula: A. Quesada (MICINN, Spain)
  • Group Discussion on challenges, best practices, and next steps to facilitate an All-Atlantic cooperation in Polar research and sharing of infrastructures and logistics.
    • How should we move beyond the identified challenges to facilitate sharing of infrastructure and logistics in the polar regions?
  • End