International Polar Foundation

Founding Year: 2002

Staff: 7

Budget: ~$7m

Alain Hubert (Founder, Director of the Board)

A foundation that “supports polar scientific research for the advancement of knowledge, the promotion of informed action on climate change, and the development of a sustainable society.”


  • Princess Elisabeth Antarctica – A “flagship project: Powered by wind and solar energy, the world’s first zero emission research station welcomes scientists from around the world.”
  • Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship – “Provides young scientists with the opportunity to conduct research out of the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station in East Antarctica.”
  • Arctic Futures Symposium – An annual conference, held in Brussels, that “brings together international policymakers, scientists, academics, Arctic indigenous peoples and industry representatives to discuss the future of the Arctic.”
  • Polaris Climate Change Observatory (PCCO) – A “state-of-the-art venue for contextualising the role of polar science in issues of major social importance, through innovative installations that possible responses to climate change.”
  • INTERACT – An “infrastructure project funded by the EU. It falls under the SCANNET umbrella, a circumpolar Arctic network of more than 80 terrestrial field stations across northern Europe, Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Scotland and some northern alpine areas.”
  • Antarctic Operator – Supporting Science: As operator and manager of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, the International Polar Foundation provides logistics and infrastructure support to scientists from the international research community.
  • ExploraPoles: Polar Adventures – The ExploraPoles portal features news and features on polar expeditions and explorers. Through adventure, we hope to share in the discovery of these fabulous regions and their importance in our planet’s climate systems.
  • Class Zero Emission – The International Polar Foundation’s highly successful educational workshop brings new interactive methods into the classroom, reaching school age children and their teachers with current science knowledge on climate change.
  • EducaPoles: Science Education – The Educapoles platform delivers a fresh approach to the scientific process by enabling teachers to explore climate and polar science with their students through the use of creative tools and learning methods.
  • SciencePoles: Polar Science Hub – The SciencePoles portal communicates on scientific research from the Polar Regions; essential for greater public understanding the Earth, its ecosystems, and the global climate system.



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International Polar Foundation contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    Calls for an end to poverty globally by 2030 and promotes increased access to basic services and social protection.
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  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    Aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well Being
    Aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, by reducing mortality rates and increasing access to equitable health care for men and women.
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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    Aims to end gender discrimination in all forms and promote equal opportunity for all women and girls in terms of education, career, and sexual/reproductive rights.
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  • SDG 6 -Clean Water and Sanitisation
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by promoting global access to adequate sanitation and hygiene.
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  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by promoting affordable and reliable energy sources.
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  • SDG 8 -Decent Work and Economic Growth
    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
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  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.  
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  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    Aims to achieve economic growth by reducing inequalities regarding social, economic and political opportunities and freedoms.
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  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    Aims to promote the globalization of sustainable cities and communities in turn providing universal safe and affordable housing.
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  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    Aims to create responsible and sustainable practices involving consumption and production through efficiently using natural resources.
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  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    Calls to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts through global awareness, education, and integration into government policies.
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  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    Calls to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and prevent and reduce marine pollution in order to protect ecosystems and achieve healthy oceans.
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  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    Aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    Aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Calls to reduce all forms of violence and deaths related to violence and to end abuse and exploitation
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  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
    Aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development by mobilizing domestic resources in order to provide support for developing countries.
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