Polar scientists join the POLARIN project

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Polar scientists join the POLARIN project

Today, on March 1, 2024, the POLARIN project of the EU Horizon Europe program, which involves the National Antarctic Science Center and 49 other organizations from around the world, has officially started.

International association

These are institutions that provide polar research from the EU, Chile, Canada, the USA, the UK, and other countries. The project is coordinated by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany.

POLARIN aims to unite 64 research infrastructures in the Arctic and Antarctic and provide free access to them for all participants. Access can be both direct and remote.

In this way, it is planned to support interdisciplinary research in both polar regions to address global issues, including climate change. After all, these regions are particularly important for the climate of the entire Earth and are the first to respond to changes.

A single network

“The peculiarity of POLARIN is that for the first time we offer access to research infrastructures in both the Arctic and Antarctic within the framework of one project. The created network covers all related areas of research – from marine and terrestrial to atmospheric. This is a unique and innovative approach,” says Nicole Bibow, POLARIN coordinator at the Alfred Wegener Institute.

In particular, the network will include research stations, ships, observatories, repositories, and databases. Ukraine is represented in the project by two infrastructures: the Antarctic station Akademik Vernadsky and the Noosphere icebreaker.

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Involvement of the NASC

“This will allow us to attract additional international funds to the Antarctic program, and Ukrainian scientists to use the polar facilities of other countries and participate in important scientific initiatives,” explains Yevhen Dykyi, Director of the NASC.

Ukraine will join POLARIN in 2024-2025, and the project will last for 5 years. The project budget is €14.6 million, of which more than half a million euros are earmarked for Ukraine.

Earlier, NASC received a grant from the Ukrainian-Australian Research Foundation to complete the genome sequencing of freshwater organisms in the Antarctic.

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