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The Willem Barentsz Polar Institute wants to join institutes that actively participate in Dutch polar research in the polar areas. WBPI is an institute of researchers specially for researchers.

The research in polar areas are overwhelmed by a wide interest from politics, policy, research, education and general public. The Netherlands take actively part in research in Polar areas for years. However the Dutch polar research is strongly fragmented in bodies and groups, while it requires funding and a critical mass of staff and logistics that far surpasse the level of an average research group. Continuity and a time horizon of funding that surpasses the length of individual research projects is therefore of avail to polar research. Besides that there is an international need of a clear identity and contact point of Dutch research in polar areas. Therefore it was decided to establish the Willem Barentsz Polar Institute. This joint venture wants to give a positive boost to new initiatives from the Netherlands in the polar areas.

The present secretary is the Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen.

postal address: Aweg 30, postbus 716, 9700 AS Groningen
telephone:+31 (0)50 363 5826
email:wbpolarinstitute@gmail.com

The daily management is in the hands of a manager and a co-ordinator. The Het is formed by representatives of the participating institutes. At the moment the following institutes are part of the Willem Barentsz Polar Institute:

University of Groningen Groningen
Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
VU University Amsterdam
The Netherlands Institute of Ecology
Institute for Marine Resources & Ecosystem Studies

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Bundeling van kennis, onderzoek en onderwijs over de Noord- en de Zuidpool

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