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The European Polar Board (EPB) is an independent organisation that focuses on major European strategic priorities in both the Arctic and the Antarctic regions. Current EPB membership includes research institutes, funding agencies, scientific academies and polar operators from across Europe.

Since 2015, the EPB has been an independent entity, with its Secretariat hosted by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in The Hague. Established in 1995, the EPB was earlier an Expert Board of the European Science Foundation, formed to provide strategic advice on Arctic and Antarctic issues.

The EPB envisions a Europe with a strong and cohesive polar research community and wherein decisions affecting or affected by the polar regions are informed by independent, accurate, and timely advice from the EPB.

The EPB has a mission to improve European coordination of Arctic and Antarctic research, by optimising the use of European polar research infrastructures. We promote multilateral collaborations between our Members and provide a single contact point for the global polar community. We advance the collective knowledge of polar issues, particularly in the context of European societal relevance. 


Chair & Executive Committee




25th Anniversary



Other Polar Organisations

Members' Area

Organisational information

The European Polar Board is registered as a Dutch nonprofit organisation with ANBI (algemeen nut beogende instelling) status.


Legal name: European Polar Board (EPB)

Legal residence: The Hague, The Netherlands

Rechtspersonen en Samenwerkingsverbanden Informatienummer (RSIN): 856206362

Articles of Association (including Executive Committee renumeration policy, in Dutch and English)

Deed of Incorporation and Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Commercial Register extract (Kvk-nummer: 65665759)

EPB Strategy 2023 - 2027

EPB Strategy 2017 - 2022

EPB 2022 annual accounts

EPB Internal Review 2021

EPB 2021 annual accounts

EPB 2020 annual accounts

EPB 2019 annual accounts

EPB 2018 annual accounts

EPB 2017 annual accounts

EPB 2015 - 2016 annual accounts

The basic conditions for the employment of EPB Secretariat staff are set out in the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for the Research Institutes.