Newsletter EU-PolarNet 1​

July 2020

Winter News

EU-PolarNet is looking back at a busy summer and an eventful autumn: From writing the Integrated European Polar Programme with a diverse group of experts, to establishing close links with other EU funded polar projects – and there is yet more to come! Get an overview of what we have been up to and where we are heading next.

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.

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.

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 deliverable

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.