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Chair & Executive Committee

The EPB Executive Committee (ExCom) members are elected by Plenary and are given the mandate of following key dossiers which they have identified, and organise the work together with the other EPB Representatives and Alternate Representatives, under the guidance of the Chair. The Executive Secretary and the Secretariat provide support to achieve the goals within each dossier. Plans on deliverables and status of completion are presented by the responsible ExCom member at Plenary Meetings for advice and approval.


Key dossiers are connected with the Mission of the EPB and include:

  • Support of scientific areas
  • International collaboration
  • Cooperation on infrastructures
  • Information flow and outreach.

Ms Maaike Vancauwenberghe

Function : EPB Chair
Email : Maaike.VANCAUWENBERGHE[at]belspo[.]be
Biography : EPB Member Representative for the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO), Belgium

Professor Jane Francis

Function : EPB ExCom Member
Email : janefr[at]bas.ac[.]uk
Biography : EPB Member Representative for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK
Director of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

Dr. Björn Dahlbäck

Function : EPB ExCom Member
Email : bjorn.dahlback[at]polar[.]se
Biography : EPB Member Representative for the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (SPRS), Sweden
Director-General of SPRS

Professor Timo Koivurova

Function : EPB ExCom Member
Email : timo.koivurova[at]ulapland[.]fi
Biography : EPB Member Representative for the Arctic Centre, Finland
Director and research professor at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Professor Antonio Quesada

Function : EPB ExCom Member
Email : antonio.quesada[at]uam[.]es
Biography : EPB Member Representative for the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), Spain
Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Scientific manager of the Spanish Polar Program
Executive Director of the Spanish Polar Committee