UK Polar Partnership - Call for Steering Committee Membership and Chair | POGO

UK Polar Partnership - Call for Steering Committee Membership and Chair

The UK has great depth and breadth in its polar research, but there is an awareness that the quality and impact of the science could be enhanced still further if it were better coordinated strategically. For the Antarctic, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) acts as a natural focus for activity, however there is not a fully joined-up UK Antarctic research programme that draws on all the capabilities of the community. The situation in the Arctic is arguably even more diverse.

Accordingly, there are moves to develop a UK Polar Partnership (UKPP), to provide the sustained, strategic leadership in polar science that is required by the UK, with a view to enabling bigger, better, more coherent science, with more impact. The mission of such a UKPP would be specifically to:-

• develop a coherent science strategy for the UK in the polar regions,
• facilitate new funding opportunities,
• support and promote the efficient use of polar logistics,
• increase the visibility of UK polar science on the international stage, and
• improve the impact of UK polar science by developing strong partnerships with a variety of stakeholders.

Following an initial planning meeting in February 2014, a core group of polar scientists consisting of David Hopkins (UKNCAR/Heriot-Watt University), Mike Meredith (SAMS/BAS) and Philip Wookey (IASC/Heriot-Watt University) has been invited to take the lead in establishing the first UKPP Steering Committee, and to identify a Chair.


*At this stage, we therefore invite nominations and self-nominations from members of the UK Polar research community, and associated stakeholders, who would be interested in serving on the UKPP's first Steering Committee*.


Once appointed, the full Steering Committee will meet to decide how to take things forward and how to entrain and represent the whole UK Polar community. The UKPP is seen as a key mechanism to ensure the sustainability of excellent UK polar research and linked international initiatives at a time of significant changes in funding mechanisms and national and international programmes.


If you wish to be considered as a member of the UKPP Steering Committee then please complete the attached application form and return it to Nicola Munro at the NERC Arctic Office ( by 16:00 on Tuesday 22nd April 2014. Initial queries should be directed to Nicola Munro:

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