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Key priorities for polar research – invitation to survey

EU-PolarNet and a group of 50 polar experts and stakeholders are working together to develop a set of polar white papers. These white papers will provide a state of the art for a range of societal relevant polar issues and outline possible approaches on how to address these. We now would like to invite you to contribute to this process.

A brief anonymous online survey aims at giving you a chance to state where you see challenges and opportunities arising in the Polar Regions, which should be solved by future research. Your answers will build a fundamental basis for the white papers, which - once completed - will be given to the European Commission and other funding agencies as recommendations towards which issues need further investigation. Deadline is 2 June 2017.

EU-PolarNet ( is a Horizon2020 Coordination and Support Action. Its ambition is to connect science with society. As the world’s largest consortium of scientific expertise and infrastructure for polar research, the consortium aims to develop effective research strands and successful partnerships that will address the urgent need for knowledge about changes in the Polar Regions. Outcomes from this research will inform policy decisions that address the global imperative for a low-carbon future.

The survey comprises a short list of demographic questions, including your area of expertise, nationality and gender and one main question: "What are the most important topics in relation to your work and/or everyday life (either locally, nationally or internationally) in the Polar Regions that should be solved by future research?" 

You will be able to list three topics. We will then ask you to categorize your topics under one of the five overarching themes:

  • People and societal issues
  • Climate and cryosphere
  • Sustainable resources and human impact
  • Polar biology, ecology and biodiversity
  • New technology

Please follow this link to participate: the survey.

EU-PolarNet very much looks forward to your input. Please feel free to share this survey with anyone who could be interested in participating.

If questions, please contact the EU-PolarNet communications officer Kristina Bär ( at the Alfred Wegener Institute, or Jon Børre Ørbæk (, Research Council of Norway and Norwegian contact person for EU-PolarNet.

Written by:
Jon Børre Ørbæk Spesialrådgiver +47 22 03 75 29
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