Newsletter EU-PolarNet 1​

November 2017

EU-PolarNet is looking back at a busy summer and an eventful autumn: From writing polar white papers with a diverse group of experts, to establishing closer 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.


  • In polar boot camp
    EU-PolarNet organised a five-day white paper workshop, bringing together 50 polar experts to discuss urgent polar issues of high societal relevance. The output are five truely transdisciplinary topics.


  • A farewell and a welcome
    Antje Boetius succeeds Karin Lochte as scientific director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, and thus becomes the new coordinator of EU-PolarNet.


  • COP23: Linking the poles to small island states
    EU-PolarNet is co-organising three events at the upcoming UN climate conference in Bonn – of which one is officially endorsed by the Fijian Presidency and gives the floor to Fiji’s Climate champion Hon. Inia Seruiratu and Aqqaluk Lynge, former President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council. 


  • The EU Arctic Cluster
    The currently funded Horizon 2020 Arctic projects together build the EU Arctic Cluster – a network, which merges the most up-to-date findings on Arctic change and its global implications. Learn more about the cluster’s objectives and its participating projects.


  • Science as a catalyst for cooperation
    EU-PolarNet, the European Polar Board and INTERACT organised a joint interactive session on “EU Arctic Policy: Science As Catalyst For International Cooperation” at this year’s Arctic Circle – and got some valuable input from the audience.


  • Meeting Report: Policy Briefing
    EU-PolarNet organised its first policy briefining in Brussels, teaming up with the European Polar Board. The theme: “Breaking records: How high temperatures in the Arctic affect European society”. The briefing report is online.


  • Meeting Report: ICASS IX
    EU-PolarNet hosted two sessions at the Ninth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences, which took place in Umeå, Sweden, beginning of June.
Polar Boot Camp - The participants of the EU-PolarNet White Paper Workshop (Photo: EU-PolarNet)
The former and the new AWI director and coordinator of EU-PolarNet - Karin Lochte and Antje Boetius (Photo: Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Kerstin Rolfes)
Speakers of the COP23 Side Event at the Fiji Pavilion (Photo: M. Funcke-Bartz/GIZ)
Former Inuit Circumpolar Council president Aqqaluk Lynge and former president of Kiribati, Anote Tong. at the COP23 Side Event in the GIZ (Photo: Kristina Baer/AWI)