This page shows individual project sessions, webinars, and workshops. 

Collaborative sessions at major conferences etc. are listed separately, with more detail and links to session outputs.


Upcoming Cluster project events

  • EU PolarNet 2 General Assembly 25th and 26th October:
    • Monday, 25 October 2021, 13:15 CET: General Assembly with guest speakers, progress update of the work packages. Open to all interested.
    • Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 12:45 CET: 2nd part of the GA, discussion sessions of the different work packages. Open to whole consortium and guests interested in discussing and contributing to one of the work packages.
    • (For information: Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 09:00 CET: Joint EU-PolarNet 2/EPB session on the development of the European Polar Coordination Office (EPCO). Open only to the EU-PolarNet 2 consortium and EPB Plenary.)
  • NUNATARYUK at Arctic Frontiers: 31st January - 3rd February 2022 - Session 3: Arctic Costs in Transition We envision a highly interdisciplinary session, including perspectives from across the Arctic, and welcome contributions on topics including, but not limited to:
    • environmental and societal drivers of Arctic coastal change;
    • physical change of Arctic coasts–coastal dynamics and rates of change;
    • impacts on coastal ecosystems and local Arctic communities;
    • supporting sustainable planning, management, mitigation and adaptation measures for an Arctic coast in transition.

 Past Cluster project events


  • CHARTER - FIRST CHARTER GENERAL ASSEMBLY 4 - 6th October 2021, Helsinki, Finland. The CHARTER project is now entering its second year and this makes it time for our 1st General Assembly! A final version of the programme is available on the internal page of the CHARTER website. The Assembly is for project participants only, but we will be reporting outcomes and stories from the Assembly over the coming weeks, including a new CHARTER newsletter to which anyone can subscribe, details to follow.
  • HERMOSA workshop: 5 - 6th October 2021. Interested in atmospheric aerosol sampling, analysis and data handling and working in Svalbard? Then you should check out this upcoming workshop, aiming to harmonise and integrate relevant research activities: https://sios-svalbard.org/HERMOSAworkshop
  • Blue Action: Multi-annual to Decadal Climate Predictability in the North Atlantic-Arctic Sector. 20th - 22nd  September 2021. The workshop aims to foster scientific exchanges and collaborations on multi-annual to decadal climate predictability, including research on: climate predictability from interannual to multi-decadal timescales and our understanding of the associated physical processes and their representation by models,   improvement of dynamical prediction systems, and increasing need for actionable information dependent on skillful climate predictions. Keynote speakers (including both prominent and promising scientists) have already confirmed their participation. More info: flyer and on the web pageOrganisers:  EU H2020 Blue-Action, TMS Bjerknes Climate Prediction Unit, JPI Climate-Oceans ROADMAP project and the CLIVAR Atlantic Region Panel, CLIVAR/CliC Northern Oceans Region Panel and CLIVAR Climate Dynamics Panel. The workshop is also linked to the EU Climate Modelling Cluster, established by EASME/EC in 20218. Location: we are aiming for a hybrid format, with physical location in either Bergen (Norway) or Copenhagen (Denmark). A decision will be taken in June.

  • International ONLINE Conference for Young MArine REsearchers (ICYMARE): A conference designed by and for young marine researchers. ICYMARE stands for “International Conference for YOUNG Marine Researchers”: www.icymare.com. Further details can be found on the event flyer here21st - 24th September 2021.
  • ESA Polar Science Cluster Collation Meeting September 15-17  

    The  ESA Polar Science Cluster involves a set of different ESA-funded scientific activities addressing different aspects of Polar research. Through this set of projects ESA aims at working hand by hand with the scientific community to:

    • Improve our observation capacity over Polar regions and contribute to develop the next generation of Polar observations from space;
    • Enhance the basic scientific understanding of the different processes governing Polar changes and their regional and global impacts;
    • Contributing to translate new knowledge and scientific results into actionable solutions for society.

    The ESA Polar Science Cluster is supported by a number of research opportunities and networking actions promoting collaborative research, and fostering European and international scientific collaboration, especially with EC funded activities within the context of the joint EC-ESA Earth System Science Initiative.

    The purpose of this meeting is to review the latest developments and results of the different projects, present the new projects recently kicked off and discuss with you the potential scientific priorities for the future. In particular, we would like to review the results of the EC-ESA Polar Science Week and define with you a set of collective goals and a way forward for 2023+.

    More information, results and the complete set of projects is provided in the dedicated web site

    Please access the ConfTool system, create an user account and proceed by registering to participate HERE

    The meeting Agenda is available for your information HERE


  • ASM3 webinar series – in collaboration with the EPB: This webinar series is designed to increase transparency of the Arctic Science Ministerial science process and to provide additional opportunities for scientists, Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders to further engage with the science and proposed actions leading up to the Third Arctic Science Ministerial in Tokyo, Japan in May 2021. The webinar series is a cooperation between the ASM3 Organisers in Iceland and Japan, and the European Polar Board. Each webinar will be recorded and made available on the EPB YouTube channel.

  • Kick-Off Meeting for the Southern Ocean UN Decade: Friday 9th July 2021 - Following the publication of our report on Southern Ocean priorities for the next 10 years, we are pleased to announce that the Southern Ocean Task Force will be hosting a Kick-off meeting for the Southern Ocean UN Decade online.This webinar will gather speakers from the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and members of the Southern Ocean Task Force. 

  • How to apply for an EU-PolarNet 2 Service Contract: Webinar: EU-PolarNet 2 seeks support from the European Polar Community to develop ideas for concrete research activities. For this purpose, EU-PolarNet 2 will open a Call for Services on July 1st, 2021. On July 7th 2021, 13:00 CET we will hold a 90-minure webinar to present the following aspects of the Call for Services:

  • KEPLER Final General Assembly on Monday 21st June 2021. Do please join us to discuss the recommendations and output of the KEPLER project. (Monday open to all + evening virtual drinks/networking. Tuesday is for KEPLER participants only). Please register here. KEPLER Final General Assembly Programme.
  • The EU’s Arctic influence: Presentation of a report on the EU actions affecting the Arctic: The seminar will present a report prepared in relation to the project “Overview of EU actions in the Arctic and their impact”. The study considers a broad range of ways in which EU policies affect the Arctic and influence the EU’s environmental footprint and economic presence in the region. During the study the EU’s environmental and economic Arctic impact has been considered, relevant policies have been identified and analysed as well as policy options for strengthening the EU Arctic approach have been proposed. The report has been written by a team of experts led by Prof. Timo Koivurova. The seminar will include the presentation of the study, commentaries from Arctic stakeholders as well as insights into the current stage of developing the new EU’s policy towards the Arctic, to which the report is to contribute. In order to register for the Seminar please enter the below link, click "Arctic Register Form" fill the data required and click "REGISTER"https://eprd.pl/en/arctic/arctic-seminar/
  • SIOS Earth Observation and Remote Sensing for the online conference. More information: https://sios-svalbard.org/RS_ 8th - 10thJune 2021.
  • EPB ASM3 webinar series: Closing webinar - Post-Ministerial Review: Joint Statement and Actions 09 June 2021, 13:00-15:00 UTC
  • An anchor point to a drifting world: is going to be about terrestrial research in Svalbard. Join us to learn about current research on terrestrial biology in Svalbard as well as knowledge gaps. For more details on the programme and registration, visit our webpage. 7th May.
  • Women Communicating Arctic Science Gender in Transdisciplinary Research (Part of 'Breaking the Ice Ceiling' webinar series): 6th May, 5-6pm BST. Learn about the heart & sense dilemma women face in science communication & the role gender plays in transdisiplinary research. For further details and to register click here.
  • ARCSAR: The 3rd ARCSAR Innovation and knowledge exchange event and 2nd ARCSAR dissemination workshop hosted by Nord University and Lapland University of Applied Sciences. The event will take place 5th May, 13.00-16.30 CEST (UTC +2). The event will be held digitally and starts with the 2nd ARCSAR dissemination workshop aimed at promoting the project activities and proceeds with the 3rd ARCSAR Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Event with a focus on “Training for innovations and innovations for training in the Arctic and North Atlantic”. To register, click here.
  • The International Polar Tourism Research Network Welcomes the ProAct Team 15th April 
  • Open Day for the NERC Arctic Station on Thursday 25 February: The session will highlighted the rapid environmental changes in and around Svalbard; the support provided by the Station, including new for this season ROV & AUV and lots of other marine and lab kit; and the latest developments and funding opportunities. Full details and registration: https://www.arctic.ac.uk/news/nerc-arctic-station-day-2021-registration-now-open/
  • KEPLER training: online workshop for students and early career scientists 17-18th February 2021. The Horizon 2020 funded project 'Key Environmental monitoring for Polar Latitudes and European Readiness' (KEPLER) hosted an online workshop for students and Early Career Scientists. https://kepler-polar.eu/2021/02/15/kepler-ecr-workshop/
  • SO-CHIC webinar: Ocean variabilities in the Southern Weddell Sea   13:00 UTC on Wednesday 27th January.
  • EPB ASM3 webinar 3: Theme 1, Observe: Observing networks; Data sharing – towards implementation 20 January 2021, 13:00-15:00 UTC
  • EPB ASM3 webinar 4: Theme 2, Understand: Enhance understanding and prediction capability on Arctic environmental and social systems and its global impact 17 February 2021, 13:00-15:00 UTC


  • The 2020 EU Polar Cluster meeting will be held as part of the European Polar Science Week on the 27th October 2020, online, in collaboration with ESA - http://eo4polar.esa.int/
  • EGU General Assembly 2020 - Vienna, Austria  3th - 8th May 2020.
    • APPLICATE splinter session 5th May, 10:45 - 12:30, room 2.17 (SMP37)
  • European Polar Board, EPB, Spring Plenary meeting, Sofia, Bulgaria 23rd - 24th of April, 2020. 
  • 5th Joint Arctic SAR Workshop and TTX. Hveragerði, Iceland, 15th - 16th April. https://www.aeco.no/events/joint-arctic-sar-workshop-and-ttx/ 
  • ASSW (Arctic Science Summit Week) 28 March - 30 March 2020
    • EPP, ARICE, APPLICATE, EUPolarNet involved in sessions
  • Arctic Observing Summit, Iceland, 31st March - 2nd April 2020
    • INTAROS involved in preparatory work
    • KEPLER submitted side session
  • Arctic Frontiers Tromso, Norway, 26th-30th January 2020

Open calls or position vacancies

  • At Northumbria University, Newcastle UK, we are a seeking a research fellow  in Glacier Dynamics and Ocean Interactions.

This is a two-year funded post through the EU project Tipping Points in Antarctic Climate Components

You will be working as a part of a large international team including researchers at Northumbria University, Newcastle, and several other European research groups (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/820575).

The work involves running ice-flow and simplified ocean circulations models (plume and box models) and contributing to the further development and testing of the model configuration. There is considerable scope for exploring new research directions and testing and trying new methodologies to understand that stability regime of the coupled ice+ocean system.

You must hold a PhD degree in earth sciences, physical geography, physics, mathematics, or related fields. Previous experience in ice-flow modelling and/or the use of ocean circulations models is of advantage, but not an essential requirement.

The deadline for submitting the application is 31 October 2021.

Apply at https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/work-for-us/job-vacancies/academic-6667-research-fellow---glacier-dynamics-and-ocean-interactions

For informal enquiries about this post please contact Prof. G. Hilmar Gudmundsson (Hilmar.Gudmundsson@northumbria.,ac.uk).

  • 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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  • EU-PolarNet 2 survey on “Polar Observing Assets”: 30th September 2021. The diverse and distributed nature of observing systems in polar regions presents a fundamental challenge for assessment, planning, integration, and synthesis. There is an interest in creating overviews of these systems, since this, among other things, will allow more efficient use of facilities and allow for the understanding of where gaps in observation capacities exist. There is an interest in knowing answers to questions like “Who is going where? When are they going? What will they observe? What observing equipment will they have there? Who is responsible for organizing logistics?”, etc. The purpose of this EU-PolarNet 2 (https://eu-polarnet.eu/) survey is to seek to create an overview of existing sources of information on polar observing facilities, systems and activities. This will allow the definition of procedures that can access these sources and compile the information from the various sources. Please complete by 1st August. EU-PolarNet 2 seeks support from the European Polar Community to develop ideas for concrete research activities. For this purpose, EU-PolarNet 2 will open Calls for Services for all six research needs of the European Polar Research Programme:
      1. Better understanding of climate change in the Polar Regions and its links to lower latitudes
      2. Informed weather and climate action
      3. Resilient socio-ecological systems
      4. Prospering communities in the Arctic
      5. Challenges and Opportunities for Polar Operations
      6. Inclusive creation, access and usage of knowledge.

The Call for Services offers financial support of up to 15.000 € to cover expenses necessary for successfully implementing the proposed activities. Applications are welcome from European researchers and/or stake- and rightholders. Early-career and female applicants are encouraged to apply. Check for the full eligibility criteria, funding conditions and submission guidelines here: https://eu-polarnet.eu/call/ This first Call for Services asks to formulate activities related to research needs 4 and 6 above. The Call stays open for submissions until 30th September 2021.

  • SIOS Innovation Award: Deadline: 10th September 2021.Have you heard about the SIOS Innovation Award? We are looking for proposals for innovations in support of Earth System Science in Svalbard. If you have a good idea, take a look at our website for further information: https://sios-svalbard.org/InnovationAward Application deadline: 10th September 2021.
  • KEPLER- Maritime and Research sector needs workshop on Wednesday 19th May 2021 (13:30- 17:00 CET). With contributions from ARCSAR and ARICE. Registration 
  • ECR for the Remote Sensing Working Group: SIOS offers the opportunity for an ECR with expertise in remote sensing to become involved in our international organisation and develop important organisational skills. https://sios-svalbard.org/ECR_RSWG_Recruitment2021
  • Research Associate/Senior Research Associate Earth Observation scientist for EU Arctic PASSION: Closing date 5th August. The role: We seek an experienced Earth Observation scientist with a background in polar research, preferably related to Arctic glaciers and/or the Greenland Ice Sheet. You will be part of an international team of scientists working on an exciting and ambitious EU funded four-year project to develop an integrated, holistic observing system for the Arctic. The focus of your part of the project is on an Arctic land ice observing system. Project webpage: https://arcticpassion.eu/  What will you be doing? You will be developing approaches and tools for providing comprehensive observations of key environmental variables related to land ice cover across the Arctic. You will be assessing the impact of different sensor and satellite configurations for both existing and future missions, testing and optimising the observing concept to provide the best possible set-up for Arctic land ice. You will be working with leading groups across Europe and beyond to integrate the land ice concept into a complete Arctic observing system. You should apply if: You have a background in Earth Observation and polar research, are ambitious, a good team player, committed to excellence, keen to publish impactful research and excited about being part of an ambitious international project.  Additional information: For informal queries, contact details: Jonathan Bamber, +44 117 428 2490,  Salary range £33,797-£42,792 depending on experience. Further details and application procedure: https://tinyurl.com/53eaw6sm We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.
  • ESA is opening a number of post-doc positions in EO for Earth System Science, to come and work in ESRIN, Frascati.The different topics include Polar and Cryosphere science, Ocean science, Hydrology and Water cycle, Terrestrial Carbon cycle, Climate adaptation: extremes and natural disasters.For more information, for more information please click here. Closing date 28th June 2021
  • Toolik Field Station - Web Developer - deadline for applications: 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, 2021 Toolik Field Station (TFS) is a research station operated and managed by the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). TFS provides logistical, operational, and scientific support to visiting scientists conducting Arctic research. Located 370 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska and about two degrees north of the arctic circle. The field station population ebbs and flows throughout the year with a minimum population of 4 in the winter and up to 150 in the summer. For a detailed description of the job duties or to apply, follow this link to the University of Alaska Careers page: https://careers.alaska.edu/en-us/job/516889/web-developer-toolik-field-station. UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination  
  • DEEPICE PhD positions: The DEEPICE project, funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Innovative Training Network) calls for applications for 15 fully funded PhD positions (early-stage researcher, ESR) to be filled between July and October 2021, with attractive complementary training activities and associated research and travel budgets. DEEPICE aims to train a new generation of scientists working on issues related to past climate change in Antarctica by taking advantage of the unique scientific dynamic of the on-going EU H2020 “Beyond EPICA-Oldest Ice Core” project (2019-2025) which aims at extracting a 1.5 million years old ice core in Antarctica. https://deepice.cnrs.fr/deepice-phd-projects/

Stakeholder Engagement Task Group

Lead by Annette Scheepstra, RUG ()


The stakeholder task group within the EU Polar Cluster was established in early stages of the Cluster as there was a clear need to coordinate and collaborate in stakeholder activities conducted in Polar projects. As the number of EU Polar Cluster projects rise, the need for coordination and collaboration increases with the increased demand for stakeholder engagement.

Mission of the stakeholder task group

The mission of the stakeholder task group is to coordinate and collaborate in organizing joint stakeholder events, this is particularly important when Arctic local and Indigenous communities are being reached out. By working jointly in organizing activities, projects can reduce the stakeholder fatigue and are able to better target the stakeholders and rights holders by pooling the resources available by projects. Pandemic will also influence the future events and actions, as travelling has to more efficient with clear purpose and by combining needs of several projects into same event that spreads over two days or more, is beneficial in many ways.  

Specific items to be decided and discussed in the task group: 

  • Joint terminology: The terminology we agree to use across this task group: what do we mean with “stakeholders”? Find the explanation in this section of the wiki.
  • Stakeholder mapping: Maps of the stakeholders in the clustered projects, with links to deliverables and reports on the mapping.
  • Stakeholder engagement: Links to the documents related to the stakeholder engagement methodology, approach.
  • Indigenous engagement: How to engage with the indigenous communities.

Stakeholder Engagement Task Group project contacts:



 Marta Terrado

 Barcelona Supercomputing Center

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  Penelope Wagner     

  Norweigen Meteorological Institute 




Penelope Wagner 2 


  Robert Lynch 

  Halpin Centre for Research  and Innovation

  Robert Lynch 3 

  Janet Pawlak






   Head and Shoulder 5






   n/a  Head and Shoulder 5

    Chiara Bearzotti

    Danish Meteorological Institute

   Head and Shoulder 5

    Rikke Becker Jacobsen

    Aalborg University

   Rikke Becker Jacobsen 4

    Pjotr Elshout 

    European Polar Board

   Head and Shoulder 5

    Renuka Badhe

    European Polar Board

   Renuka Badhe 2
EU-PolarNet 2

    Annette Scheepstra 

    University of Gronigen

   Annette Scheepstra 2
EU-PolarNet 2

    Kirsi Latola

    University of Oulu

   Kirsi Latola 2
EU-PolarNet 2     Janet Pawlak    Head and Shoulder 5
FACE-IT     Maiken Bjørkan    Maiken Bjorkan 2

    Matthew  Salter

    Stockholm University

   Matt Salter 2
iCUPE      Head and Shoulder 5

    Erik Buch


   Eric Buch 2
INTERACT     Niklas Labba    Head and Shoulder 5

    Tanja Joona

    University of Finland

   Tanja Joona 2

    Penelope Wagner  

    Norweigen Meteorological Institute 


   Penelope Wagner 2
NUNATARYUK     Justine Ramage    Head and Shoulder 5

    Dariusz Ignatiuk


   Dariusz Ignatiuk 2
SO-CHIC      Head and Shoulder 5
TIPACCs      Head and Shoulder 5

Data Management

Lead by: Øystein Godøy, Met Norway () and Stein Sandven, NERSC, Norway ()

Scope of the group:

  • Promote and facilitate collaboration within the area of data management between EU Polar Cluster projects
  • Coordination of data management activities between cluster participants
  • Facilitate the adoption and implementation of data management standards that will enable free, open and timely access to data and interoperability of discovery metadata and systems as needed
  • Coordination of cluster data management activities towards the SAON/IASC Arctic Data Committee
  • Collaborating with relevant national, regional, global, discipline or cross-disciplinary data management activities to ensure that European data management activities are relevant, cost-efficient and sustainable.
  • Liaison with the European Open Science Cloud ensuring proper integration of Polar data
  • Compilation of guidelines on data management for cluster projects
  • Identification of gaps in cluster data management practises and mitigation
  • Establishing dedicated task (sub)groups as required to solve the issues above.

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Data Task Group project contacts:




   Øystein Godøy

   Norwegian Meteorological


Oystein Godoy 2



   Penelope Wagner

   Norwegian Meteorological


   Penelope Wagner 2

   Artmir Galica

   Laurea University of

   Applied Sciences

   Artmir Galica 2

  Øystein Godøy

  Met Norway

  Oystein Godoy 2

   Vito Vitale


   Vito Vitale 2

   Chiara Venier

   Institute of Polar Sciences 

   Chiara Venier 2
BLUE-ACTION      Head and Shoulder 5

   Marcin Wichorowski

   Polish Academy of Sciences

  Marcin Wichrowski 2 
EPB      Head and Shoulder 5
EU-PolarNet 2      Head and Shoulder 5

   Robert Schlegel

   Institut de la Mer de Villefranche

   Robert Schlegel 2

   Matthew Salter

   Stockholm University

   Matt Salter 2

   Alexander Mahura 

   University of Helsinki

   Alex Mahura 2

   Steffen Noe

   Estonian University of Life Sciences

   Steffen Noe 2

   Stein  Sandven


   Head and Shoulder 5
INTAROS    Torill Hamre    Head and Shoulder 5

   Corine Wood-Donnelly

   Uppsala University

   Corine Wood Donnelly 2

   Anna Irrgang

   Alfred Wegener Institute


   Dariusz Ignatiuk


   Dariusz Ignatiuk 2
SO-CHIC    Antonio  Novellino    Head and Shoulder 5
SO-CHIC    Patrick  Gorringe    Head and Shoulder 5
TIPACCs      Head and Shoulder 5

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The following projects are part of the EU Polar Cluster.

We currently have five cross-cutting Task Groups that integrate project activity. Please see the Task Group pages for more detail, outputs, and contact points for each project. 


Communications Task Group

Lead by Elaina Ford, British Antarctic Survey ()(KEPLER, EU PolarNet 2, ARICE)

Co-leads are Susan Millar, Uopsala University (JustNorth), and Ruth Higgins, EurOcean (INTAROS)

Email the group:

The Communications Task Group is responsible for:


Stakeholder Engagement

Lead by Annette Scheepstra, RUG ()

  • Joint terminology: The terminology we agree to use across this task group: what do we mean with “stakeholders”? Find the explanation in this section of the wiki.
  • Stakeholder mapping: Maps of the stakeholders in the clustered projects, with links to deliverables and reports on the mapping.
  • Stakeholder engagement: Links to the documents related to the stakeholder engagement methodology, approach.
  • Indigenous engagement: How to engage with the indigenous communities.


Data Management Task Group

Lead by Øystein Godøy, Met Norway () and Stein Sandven, NERSC, Norway ()

 Scope of the group:

  • Promote and facilitate collaboration within the area of data management between EU Polar Cluster projects
  • Coordination of data management activities between cluster participants
  • Facilitate the adoption and implementation of data management standards that will enable free, open and timely access to data and interoperability of discovery metadata and systems as needed
  • Coordination of cluster data management activities towards the SAON/IASC Arctic Data Committee
  • Collaborating with relevant national, regional, global, discipline or cross-disciplinary data management activities to ensure that European data management activities are relevant, cost-efficient and sustainable.
  • Liaison with the European Open Science Cloud ensuring proper integration of Polar data
  • Compilation of guidelines on data management for cluster projects
  • Identification of gaps in cluster data management practises and mitigation
  • Establishing dedicated task (sub)groups as required to solve the issues above.

Education and Training Task Group 

Lead by Josefine Lenz, APECS, Germany  () and Katharina Beckmann, Lund University, Sweden ()

Scope of group:

  • Sharing experience
  • Knowledge exhange
  • Linking networks
  • Funding.

Gateways for education:

  • Virtual: online, webinars, online courses
  • In-person and on-site: schools, training, field courses, workshops
  • Materials: educational material, field guides, factsheets and videos.

Policy Advice Task Group

This is a new Task Group formed December 2020. It's primary aim will be to coordinate messages from member projects to policy makers, primarily in the European Commission. 

More information will be added in due course.

The Policy Advice Task Group lead is Nicole Biebow, AWI (EU-PolarNet and ARICE), and co-lead is Gustav Sigeman, Uppsala University (JUSTNORTH)

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

The EU Polar Cluster is a network of Horizon 2020 and a Framework Programme 7 funded polar projects. We have a range of Arctic, Antarctic and Southern Ocean, and Polar projects. Projects that have ended still provide input to the Cluster, and we include them here to support the legacy of these projects. The Cluster projects are also supported by key partners, who are involved in the Task Groups.

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.

Our objective is to bring the insights from our various areas of expertise together in order to provide one entry point to EU funded Polar research. Jointly we are aiming at providing policy-relevant information and supporting the EU in implementing its integrated policy for the Arctic.

How do we do this? In fostering international cooperation, in reporting on the impacts of climate change on the Arctic’s fragile environment, in promoting sustainable development and in cooperating with policy makers, indigenous peoples and local communities, business and NGO representatives and other societal actors. We achieve this by key contacts from the projects coming together through Task Groups. These will either be long term or time limited, as appropriate. Working Groups will also be made to integrate projects across task groups for key events.  

Vision of the EU Polar Cluster

A strong, well-connected ecosystem of European Polar projects and organisations operating together to substantially increase their combined impact and legacy.

Mission of the EU Polar Cluster

  • To connect EU Polar Cluster Members, further developing the European polar research, observation, infrastructure and/or modelling community network.
  • To organise joint activities by Cluster Members for greater impact than possible individually, while minimising duplication, sharing workload, and avoiding stakeholder fatigue.
  • To support the sustainability and accessibility of large-scale EU-funded Polar projects’ selected legacy outputs after their official end.
  • To share advice and best practices among EU Polar Cluster Members.
  • To promote the European polar research community, especially the strength, excellence, integration and best practices of EU-funded polar research.
  • To provide a single contact point to all EU Polar Cluster Members for external partners and stakeholders, including Indigenous and local communities.

Added value of clustering activities

  • Higher impacts than single project’s outputs
  • Upscale collective projects’ efforts
  • Increased knowledge sharing
  • Less but better engagement with stakeholders
  • Greater visibility
  • Better use of citizen’s money

The EU Polar Cluster website is hosted by the European Polar Board, and managed by the British Antarctic Survey.