European Polar Consortim



The European Polar Consortium (EPC) is a composed of 25 Government Ministries, National Funding Agencies and National Polar RTD Authorities from 19 European Countries and of the ESF/European Polar Board.  

With the combined European critical mass of national programmes reaching 500 million Euros per annum it is the most significant initiative to coordinate European Polar RTD Programmes ever attempted.

The European Polar Consortium will exert a massive and positive impact on this domain and lead to long-term durable partnerships within Europe and the Canals of Europe plus internationally and will also deepen and strengthen the interactions between countries with large Polar RTD programmes and Nations with evolving Polar Programmes in central and south-eastern Europe, encouraging exchange of experiences and the best practice onmanagement and financing of Programmes and infrastructures.

The long-term goal of the European Polar Consortium is the development of a "European Polar Entity" that will be established through dialogue on a political level beyond the EPC and will enable Europe to maximize and direct its critical mass at the global level. 

Managment Structures


  •  A Strategic Management Board (SMB) is the most important structure at the heart of European Polar Consortium comprising the senior representatives and partners of the Consortium. The principal responsibilities of the SMB are:  all major management decisions of the network ; final approval of documents and approaches ; monitoring of delegation of tasks ;  monitoring of work performed, ensuring quality control ; review the objectives and progress achieved towards sustainedcooperation.
  • Consortium Managing Agency based at the Coordinator Partner 1 Institut Polaire Francais (IPEV) to carry out contractual/financial management, communication with the Commission, official administration of the Consortium and fulfilling the obligations assigned by the contract.
  • Consortium Executive Directorate: daily operational management of the EPC, strategic issues, general liaison and external relations.

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Operational structures


  • European Polar Consortium Central Secretariat (CENSEC) provides support to the EPC SMB and management team, responsible for information dissemination, update of the European Polar Consortium web site.
  • European Polar Consortium Technical Committee (TECHCOM) managedby IPEV comprising Work-package leaders and task leaders who will meet to discuss progress and technical deliverables of the project. Reports to the SMB are to be made, will meet every four months in conjunction withEPICOM.
  • European Polar Consortium Scientific Advisory (SAC) managed by IPEVcomposed of senior scientists nominated by the partners of the Consortium. The Council will meet once a year in conjunction with SMB.Chairmanship elected on a rotating basis by the SMB on yearly basis.
  • European Polar Infrastructure Committee (EPICOM) established by the Consortium to provide a discussion framework of all of the main partners and observers to plan and utilize European Polar Infrastructures. The Infrastructure Committee will meet every four months in conjunction  with the European Polar Consortium technical committees.
  • EUROPEAN POLAR SUMMIT will be held once a year to showcase the achievements pf the European Polar Consortium project and will be open to programme managers, scientists and the public as a major dissemination and public outreach event. The Summits will be thematic based on the achievement of particular milestones during years 1-4 of the project.