Co-operating research institutions:

Institute of Botany, Academy of Science of the Czech Republic

Section of Plant Ecology
Dukelská 135, 379 82 Třeboň

Czech Geological Survey, Prague

Klárov 3
118 21 Praha 1

Czech Technical University, Prague

Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Technická 2, 166 27  Praha 6

University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice

Faculty of Science
Branišovská 31, 370 05 České Budějovice

Charles University, Prague

Faculty of Science
Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2


European Polar Board 

The European Polar Board (EPB) is a consortium of European countries interested and involved in research in the polar areas. It is Europe’s strategic advisory body on science policy in the Arctic and Antarctic. It is a platform for European engagement in international science programs and provides strategic science policy advice to the European Commission and international bodies. EPB, under the auspices of the European Science Foundation, focuses on the management and coordination of logistical operations in the polar areas and is engaged in scientific cooperation conducted within international research projects and programs in the Arctic and Antarctic. EPB members choose their own representatives, who meet twice a year in Brussels. Evaluation of the international activities of EPB members and regular news are an integral part of EPB meetings. Actual trends, priorities, tendencies in polar research, the preparation and submission of research proposals are also discussed during meetings. EPB strives to collect information about polar areas and to create a comprehensive European polar database.

The Czech Republic has been a member of EPB since 2004 and participates in the present EPB program – Polar Climate (especially Masaryk University is involved in this program). Its aims are to support high quality transnational research at the European level in the Arctic and Antarctic. The main research tasks of Czech scientists are the measurement of climate variables and describing climatic conditions in relatively unexplored areas. The climate variables are measured in both the Antarctica (James Ross Island) and the Arctic (Svalbard). The main aim is to compare climate changes in both polar areas and to evaluate the information gathered during research activities. Comparing information gained by studying different polar parts is also very important. Another topic included in the Polar Climate program is to monitor the response of polar vegetation to artificial climate warming.