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Arctic Council – The leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic states, Arctic Indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.
European Polar Board (EPB) – This is an independent European Organization of Directors and Managers of the major European National Polar Programmes. It is concerned with major strategic priorities in the Arctic and Antarctic and has members from national operators and research institutes in 17 countries.
International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) – This is a non-governmental, international scientific organization. The IASC mission is to encourage and facilitate cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research, in all countries engaged in Arctic research and in all areas of the Arctic region.
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) – This is the leading funder of independent research, training and innovation in environmental science in the UK.
NERC Arctic Office – Funded by NERC and hosted at the British Antarctic Survey, the Office incorporates the management of the UK Arctic Research Station at Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard and is closely linked to the NERC Arctic Research Programme, which was launched in June 2010 and will run through to 2016.
Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) – is an inter-disciplinary committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU). SCAR is charged with initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic region (including the Southern Ocean), and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system.
UK Antarctic Place-names Committee – The APC considers proposals and makes recommendations for place-names within the British Antarctic Territory (BAT), that part of the Antarctic that is south of 60°S and extending from 20°W to 80°W. The APC also considers and recommends names for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
UK National Committee on Antarctic Research (UKNCAR) – promotes and co-ordinates the UK’s interest in the activities of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and other areas of international Antarctic scientific activity. It is a committee under the auspices of the Royal Society, the national body representing the UK’s interests to the International Council for Science (ICSU).
Universities and Research Institutes:
Networking and Outreach Organisations:
Association for Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) – This is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere.
UK Polar Network (UKPN) – UK branch of APECS with over 400 members. The UKPN organises skill development workshops, networking days and mentor panels for early career polar research scientists.
UK Polar Programmes:
iSTAR – NERC Ice Sheet Stability programme – investigating the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet
NERC Arctic Research Programme – £15M programme funded by NERC in 2010 which aims to understand and improve our predictions of Arctic change at seasonal to decadal time scales and to establish what the regional and global impacts of such change may be.
NERC Arctic Research Programme: The Changing Arctic Ocean – the new £16M Arctic research programme, funded by NERC in 2015. The programme aims to understand how change in the physical environment (ice and ocean) will affect the large-scale ecosystem structure and biogeochemical functioning of the Arctic Ocean.
EU Polar programmes:
EU Arctic Cluster Programmes: The EU Arctic Cluster is a network of Horizon 2020 and a Framework Programme 7 funded Arctic projects. Currently it comprises eight projects: APPLICATE, ARICE, BLUE ACTION, EU-PolarNet, ICE-ARC, iCUPE, INTAROS, INTERACT and NUNATARYUK.