NWO houses European polar research partnership

11 April 2014

With effect from 1 January 2015 the new secretariat for the European Polar Board (EPB) will be housed at NWO. That was decided this week during the Arctic Science Summit Week in Helsinki. The EPB is a European partnership that provides advice to ensure a coherent policy and infrastructure in polar research. Due to its neutral and international connecting role, the Netherlands was chosen by the EPB as the ideal base for its secretariat.

Dirck Gerritszlaboratorium op AntarcticaDirck Gerritszlaboratorium op Antarctica

Dirck Gerritsz laboratory on Antarctica

The European Polar Board advises about a coherent research policy for both the North and South Poles. It ensures collaboration and contact between scientific funding bodies, national polar institutes and research organisations. In addition, the EPB charts future action points and bottlenecks in the infrastructure, such as polar laboratories.

As the Netherlands has no territorial claim to the North or South Poles it fulfils an internationally neutral role. Furthermore, with the help of NWO, the Netherlands is keen to establish connections with other countries to collaborate in polar research. The Dutch Dirck Gerritsz laboratory on the British base Rothera is an example of that. In addition, the EPB shares NWO’s focus on quality and research. The strong position that the Netherlands has acquired in recent years with the support of the Netherlands Polar Programme (NPP) has also contributed to this choice. The NPP has been made financially possible by a collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and NWO.

The secretariat will be financed with funds from the Netherlands Polar Programme, and in particular with funds that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made available for international activities within the NPP.

The Arctic Science Summit Week took place from 5 to 9 April 2014 in Helsinki.

Source: NWO


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Netherlands Polar Programme


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