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The following Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) have been signed by the European Polar Board:

 

European Polar Framework MoU :

This MoU establishes detailed aspects of general cooperation between national polar programme authorities, national funding agencies and national polar operators in a coordinated usage of European polar infrastructure for polar research. This flexible and open agreement encourages variable geometry cooperation in areas of strategy, programmes, infrastructures, and the general coordination and convergence of activities. (Signed in Brussels on 9 June  2009) 

Arctic_ECRA MoU:

The European Polar Board (EPB) has endorsed the ‘Arctic Climate Stability and Change’ (Arctic ECRA) collaborative programme under the umbrella of the European Climate Research Alliance. The programme strengthens the scientific and technological capabilities for Arctic climate research within Europe and addresses collaboration in scientific work, sharing of infrastructure and exchange of scientists and technicians. (Signed in Paris on 8 November 2012)  

EPB Constitution MoU:

 

In view of the planned closure of the European Science Foundation, currently hosting the European Polar Board, the EPB members signed this MoU, based on the EPB Constitution, in order to continue the EPB’s activities in a structured manner starting on 1 January 2015 with a new host organisation. (Signed by the member organisations during 2014)

EPB/IASC/SCAR MoU:

The purpose of this MoU is to foster cooperation between IASC, SCAR and the EPB members and to define the corresponding terms and conditions for a joint effort in developing international programmes and initiatives based on scientific priorities, scientific excellence and use of European Antarctic and Arctic infrastructures. (Signed in Helsinki on 7 April 2014)

EPB – ESA MoU:

The purpose of this agreement is to foster cooperation between the European Space Agency (ESA) and EPB members and to define the corresponding terms and conditions for the use of European Antarctic stations for scientific and technological purposes, including planetary simulation studies, medical and psychological relevant issues and life support. (Signed in Paris on 3 February 2016)

EPB – INTERACT MoU:

This MoU recognises EPB  and INTERACT mutual interest to work together to produce a European Polar Station Catalogue, including Arctic stations still not covered by INTERACT (Svalbard, upper atmosphere stations on the main land) and Antarctic stations managed by EPB. General objectives and agreed procedures are also provided. (in progress)