Welcome to the EU Polar Cluster -
a collaboration of Arctic and Antarctic projects funded by the European Commission

Cluster Members

The EU Polar Cluster currently comprises of  the following projects:, ARCSAR, Arctic PASSION, ARICE, ArcticHubs, Beyond EPICA, CAPARDUS, CHARTER, CRiceS, ECOTIP, EU-PolarNet 2, FACE-IT, FORCeS, iCUPE, INTERACT III, JUSTNORTH, PROTECT, SO-CHIC, TiPACCs and NUNATARYUK. In addition we are supported by two ongoing organisations, the European Polar Board (EPB) and SIOS, the Svalbard Integrated Observing System. We contine the legacy of previous Cluster members that have now ended: APPLICATE,  BLUE-ACTION, EU-PolarNet, INTAROS, INTERACT II, KEPLER.

The cluster thus merges a broad spectrum of research and coordination activities - ranging from the most up-to-date findings on permafrost and sea ice, from enhancing observation to improving predictions, and from networking research stations to coordinating access to icebreakers.

Project clusters


EU-PolarNet 2/EBP/Cluster Webinar - "New Arctic Policy"

24th November 2021, 10:00am CET 90 Minutes

The objective of this webinar is to introduce the new Arctic Policy to the EU Polar Community, to discuss the role of Research & Innovcation in the new strategy and to see how R&I projects can contribute to the Policy objectives. The webinar will reflect on the contribution of EU Polar Cluster projects to better understanding of changes in the Arctic, as well as to societal benefits. 

In case you missed it, you can watch the entire webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W1V6cUDo00

Call for Community Input - Arctic Observing Summit 2022 - Arctic PASSION.

Deadline to submit input: 15th January 2022. 

Please consider contributions from Arctic PASSION. https://iasc.info/news/iasc-news/890-arctic-observing-summit-2022-aos-2022-call-for-community-input There are several working groups who will offer meeting sessions at the AOS. The working groups are currently in the planning phase and we have Arctic PASSION partners thankfully involved in the planning of all of them

1.Regional to Global Observing

2.Food Security

3.Data Sharing

4.System Integration

5.Utility and Benefits

6.Capacity Building

You can find more info on the working groups and the conference on the website https://arcticobservingsummit.org/summits/aos-2022/

Deadline to submit input: January 15th, 2022 Poster abstract submission deadline: Jan 30th,  2022. Please contact Luisia Cristini or Michael Karcher if you intend to submit contributions. 

 COP26 - EU Polar Cluster session at EU Pavilion - "Polar Warming, Global Warming"

3rd November 2021 Time: 13:00 (GMT, Glasgow time) 14:00 (CET, Brussels time)

  Registration Under the topic “Biodiversity, nature-based solutions, oceans” 

Venue: Brussels Studio Room B, Brussels Bloom Hotel, Rue Royale 250, 1210 Brussels   

We provided scientific facts and community knowledge of polar change from EU Polar Cluster Members to protect and support adaptation, resilience, & sustainability, of communities and habitats, and the Polar Regions impact on European society. This session was organised by Cluster Members EU-PolarNet 2SO-CHICPROTECTTiPACCs, Arctic PASSION and the EPB, and representatives from the Alfred Wegener Institute, British Antarctic Survey, the Université libre de Bruxelles, and the University of Grenoble and was moderated by Nicole Biebow. 

The session was recorded and available for public view here

EU Adopts new Arctic Policy

with EU PolarNet and the EU Polar Cluster given prominent roles

The EU has adopted a new Arctic policy: to expand its engagement and to work with international partners to keep the region safe, stable and prosperous.

Full policy text.

Terms of Reference now in force


INTERACT - Transnational Access Call is open until 30th November

The EU-H2020 funded INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) opens a call for research groups to apply for Transnational Access and Remote Access to 47 (TA) and 30 (RA) research stations.

The sites are located across the Arctic and northern alpine and forest areas in Europe, Russia and North-America and they represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension. Transnational Access includes free access (either physical or remote) for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs. Overall, INTERACT provides three different modalities of access: Transnational and Remote Access that are applied through annual calls, and Virtual Access which means free access to data from stations, available at all times in the INTERACT Data Portal.

The current call for Transnational and Remote Access applications is open until 30th November 2021, and it is for access taking place between April 2022 and March 2023. Regarding COVID-19 and the ongoing call, we reserve the possibility to modify the call, postpone the granted accesses or negotiate a shift from physical access to remote access if the situation and safety regulations so require. You can find the TA/RA Call information, descriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the INTERACCESS on-line application system from the INTERACT website.

An on-line webinar will be held on 13th October at 10:00-11:00 (CEST, UTC +2) to provide information about the ongoing TA/RA call and for answering questions related to the application process and TA and RA in general. Join the Zoom webinar by clicking this link 

Apply INTERACT Transnational Access to conduct research at the coolest places of the North! 

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Please have a look at the latest Newsletter from Summer 2021


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