International Polar Foundation

International Polar Foundation (2002; Brussels; 7 staff; polarfoundation.org)

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.”

Projects:

  • 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.

Publications:

Leadership: Alain Hubert (Founder, Director of the Board)
Budget: ~$7m (2013)

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