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EPB Session at ASSW: Europe in International Polar Research – 25 years of Arctic and Antarctic cooperation with the EPB

15:00-18:30 GMT, Tuesday 23rd March 2021

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(This session is open to all. Registration for the ASSW conference is not necessary)

Cooperation across national and disciplinary boundaries has long been characteristic of the European polar research community, conducive of its global leadership in research in the Arctic and the Antarctic.

In celebration of the EPB’s 25th Anniversary and continued collaboration with IASC and SCAR, this session will showcase world-leading, bi-polar European research and the impactful policy it has helped to shape.

By fostering collaboration and connection between Arctic and Antarctic researchers, across borders and disciplines, Europe has further cemented its leadership in international research at both poles, building on a long history. This session will explore some of the large-scale, leading research made possible by the international and interdisciplinary research environment nurtured in Europe.


  • Session opening and welcome – Renuka Badhe, Executive Secretary, EPB
  • Invited research highlights
    • “The importance of ice in the polar environment”, Ruth Mottram, Danish Meteorological Institute, Denmark
    • “From a permanently to a seasonally ice-covered ocean: expected ecosystem changes and knowledge gaps”, Pauline Snoeijs Leijonmalm, Stockholm University, Sweden
    • “Indigenous knowledge of Arctic (Yakutia) social-ecological systems in the context of global change”, Stanislav Ksenofontov, ARCTICenter, University of Northern Iowa, USA
    • European Polar Infrastructure, Gonçalo Vieira, IGOT, Portugal
    • “From polar science to policy making - taking stock and moving forward”, Gosia Smieszek, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway

Coffee break

  • The EPB 25th Anniversary – past and future highlights, Kirsi Latola, Chair, EPB
  • Presentation by Catherine Ritz, Vice President for Science, Scientific COmmittee for Antarctic Research (SCAR)
  •  “International Collaborations in Polar Science - Accomplishments, Benefits, and Challenges”, Larry Hinzman, President, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
  • Virtual MoU signing between EPB, SCAR and IASC
  • Panel discussion – “Looking at the next 25 years of European Leadership in Polar Research” (Moderator: Kirsi Latola, Chair, EPB)
    • Henry Burgess, Chair, EPB Action Group on International Cooperation
    • Miguel Ojeda, Chair, EPB Action Group on Infrastructure
    • Nalan Koç, Deputy Chair, EPB Policy Advisory Group
    • Vito Vitale, Deputy Chair, EPB Policy Advisory Group
  • Session closing, Renuka Badhe, Executive Secretary, EPB