We have the honour to announce the initiation of the Polish Polar Consortium. The members of the Consortium – 18 Polish scientific institutions (15 higher education institutions and 5 research institutes) – wish to collaborate in conducting and managing polar research in order to gain better understanding of the current changes in the environments of the Arctic and Antarctic and their influence on other parts of the Earth. The Consortium functions in close cooperation with the Committee on Polar Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences which was a mentor of its formation.The President for the years 2014-2018 became Agnieszka Kruszewska, MBA (vice-director of the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics of Polish Academy of Sciences, Polish delegate to COMNAP). Prof. Leszek Łęczyński (University of Gdańsk) and Prof. Wiesław Ziaja (Jagiellonian University in Kraków) were elected Vice-Presidents. Secretariat of the Consortium, led by Dr. Maja Lisowska, is located at the Centre for Polar Studies, University of Silesia.
The mission of the Polish Polar Consortium is to build a framework for an effective cooperation of the Polish polar research community, in the fields of: fundraising for research activities; conducting high-quality scientific projects; development of fieldwork logistics; organizing of research expeditions; supporting of activities of the Polish polar stations. Activities of the Consortium will also facilitate collaboration in research and science management at an international level. Special emphasis is put on education and support of Polish polar early career scientists. Further goals for the near future include collaboration with the economic sector, and education and outreach activities addressed to broad audience.
The Consortium invites all willing research institutions for collaboration.
We truly believe that the inauguration of the Polish Polar Consortium is a milestone in integration of Polish research society and development of Polish polar research.