Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Connecting science with society - EU boost for polar science

19.05.2015

A new initiative to enhance the integration of Europe’s scientific and operational capabilities in the Polar Regions has been funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

The €2 million five-year EU-PolarNet programme brings together 22 of Europe’s internationally-respected multi-disciplinary research institutions to develop and deliver an integrated European polar research programme that is supported by access to first-class operational polar infrastructures.


Members of EU-PolarNet represent 22 of Europe's internationally-respected multi-disciplinary research institutions from 17 countries. For the project kick off meeting they gathered in Bremerhaven.

Photo: Alfred-Wegener-Institut

EU-PolarNet will involve stakeholders from the outset to create a suite of research proposals whose scientific outcomes are directly relevant and beneficial to European society and its economy.

Polar issues have been rising up the political agenda across Europe over the past decade. The level of investment now being made by governments is a clear demonstration of how critical polar research is for forming policies, including those relating to climate change, energy security, global food security, innovation and economic growth.

By establishing an ongoing dialogue between policymakers, business and industry leaders, local communities and scientists EU-PolarNet aims to create an Integrated European Research Programme for the Antarctic and the Arctic. This legacy from EU-PolarNet will be sustained into the future by the European Polar Board, all of whose members are integrally involved with the project.

A key role for EU-PolarNet is to cooperate closely with the European Commission to provide support and advice on all issues related to the Polar Regions.

Dr Andrea Tilche, Head of the Climate Action and Earth Observation Unit, in the European Commission DG for Research and Innovation, comments:
"The European Commission welcomes this new Coordination Action which brings together polar scientific communities and other stakeholders. It creates a new "home" where science and innovation on polar issues can be discussed for the benefit of our planet and our societies".

EU-PolarNet is coordinated by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Germany. Director, Professor Karin Lochte comments:

“EU-PolarNet represents a fantastic challenge for leaders of national polar research programmes. It is our ambition to enhance the high-level of collaboration and cooperation that exists currently across Europe and the rest of the world. Our network is ideally positioned to play a leading international role in forming new partnerships within scientific, business and policy-making communities. The knowledge and discoveries that we make in the polar regions have an impact on our daily lives. This is a very exciting time for polar science.”

EU-Polarnet is a Horizon 2020 funded Coordination Action. Full information about the programme and its participants is at http://www.eu-polarnet.eu.

Issued on behalf of EU-PolarNet by
Kristina Baer
Alfred Wegener Institute
Dept. of Communications and Media Relations
Tel.: (+49) 0471/4831 - 2139
Fax: (+49) 0471/4831 - 1389
e-mail: Kristina.Charlotte.Baer@awi.de

NOTES FOR EDITORS
EU-PolarNet benefits from its close cooperation with the European Polar Board (EPB). The EPB is a think tank and the European high-level facilitator of cooperation between European national funding agencies, national polar institutes and research organisations. 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.

Follow EU-PolarNet on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EUPolarNet

EU-PolarNet Participants:

Alfred Wegener Institut Helmholtz Zentrum für Polar und Meeresforschung (AWI)/Germany
Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique (CNRS)/France
British Antarctic Survey (NERC-BAS)/United Kingdom
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche - Department of Earth System Science and Environmental Technologies. (CNR-DTA)/Italy
Polarforskningssekretariatet (SPRS)/Sweden
Institut Polaire Français Paul Emile Victor (IPEV)/France
Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território da Universidade e Lisboa (IGOT-UL)/Portugal
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG)/Netherlands
Norges Forskningråd (RCN)/Norway
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO)/Spain
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)/Spain
Universität Wien - Austrian Polar Research Institute (UW-APRI)/Austria
Bulgarian Antarctic Institute (BAI)/Bulgaria
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)/Denmark
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)/Belgium
Oulun Yliopisto (UOULU)/Finland
Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique (RBINS)/Belgium
Instytut Geofizyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk (IGF PAS)/Poland
Tallinna Tehnikaülikool (IG TUT)/Estonia
Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme Secretariat (AMAP)
WOC- World Ocean Council
Gronlands Naturinstitut (GINR)/Greenland

Ralf Röchert | idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft
Further information:
http://www.awi.de/

More articles from Awards Funding:

nachricht Tracking down the origins of gold
08.11.2017 | Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien gGmbH

nachricht Lasagni awarded with Materials Science and Technology Prize 2017
09.10.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS

All articles from Awards Funding >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: A “cosmic snake” reveals the structure of remote galaxies

The formation of stars in distant galaxies is still largely unexplored. For the first time, astron-omers at the University of Geneva have now been able to closely observe a star system six billion light-years away. In doing so, they are confirming earlier simulations made by the University of Zurich. One special effect is made possible by the multiple reflections of images that run through the cosmos like a snake.

Today, astronomers have a pretty accurate idea of how stars were formed in the recent cosmic past. But do these laws also apply to older galaxies? For around a...

Im Focus: Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ

Just because someone is smart and well-motivated doesn't mean he or she can learn the visual skills needed to excel at tasks like matching fingerprints, interpreting medical X-rays, keeping track of aircraft on radar displays or forensic face matching.

That is the implication of a new study which shows for the first time that there is a broad range of differences in people's visual ability and that these...

Im Focus: Novel Nano-CT device creates high-resolution 3D-X-rays of tiny velvet worm legs

Computer Tomography (CT) is a standard procedure in hospitals, but so far, the technology has not been suitable for imaging extremely small objects. In PNAS, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) describes a Nano-CT device that creates three-dimensional x-ray images at resolutions up to 100 nanometers. The first test application: Together with colleagues from the University of Kassel and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht the researchers analyzed the locomotory system of a velvet worm.

During a CT analysis, the object under investigation is x-rayed and a detector measures the respective amount of radiation absorbed from various angles....

Im Focus: Researchers Develop Data Bus for Quantum Computer

The quantum world is fragile; error correction codes are needed to protect the information stored in a quantum object from the deteriorating effects of noise. Quantum physicists in Innsbruck have developed a protocol to pass quantum information between differently encoded building blocks of a future quantum computer, such as processors and memories. Scientists may use this protocol in the future to build a data bus for quantum computers. The researchers have published their work in the journal Nature Communications.

Future quantum computers will be able to solve problems where conventional computers fail today. We are still far away from any large-scale implementation,...

Im Focus: Wrinkles give heat a jolt in pillared graphene

Rice University researchers test 3-D carbon nanostructures' thermal transport abilities

Pillared graphene would transfer heat better if the theoretical material had a few asymmetric junctions that caused wrinkles, according to Rice University...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Ecology Across Borders: International conference brings together 1,500 ecologists

15.11.2017 | Event News

Road into laboratory: Users discuss biaxial fatigue-testing for car and truck wheel

15.11.2017 | Event News

#Berlin5GWeek: The right network for Industry 4.0

30.10.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth

17.11.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

NIST scientists discover how to switch liver cancer cell growth from 2-D to 3-D structures

17.11.2017 | Health and Medicine

The importance of biodiversity in forests could increase due to climate change

17.11.2017 | Studies and Analyses

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>