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The Willem Barentsz Polar Institute is a Dutch Institute for and by researchers and is a conjunction of research, education and knowledge concerning the North and the South Pole.


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Thesis Frigga Kruse
On 19 December 2013 Frigga Kruse will defend her thesis FROZEN ASSETS British mining, exploration, and geopolitics on Spitsbergen, 1904-53 at the University of Groningen. After the defence there will be a symposium about Arctic mining.

Er gaat niets boven ijsberen
On Saturday 30 November 2013, WBPI and WWF organising a polar bear symposium in Groningen.

Symposium Canadian Arctic
The Centre for Canadian Studies and the Arctic Centre are organising a joint symposium on the Canadian Arctic on 28 November, 2013.

Dutch Polair Symposium: 1 November 2013
The Dutch Polair Symposium will take place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague on 1 November 2013. The symposium is entitled Polar science and policy: a happy marriage? and will focus on the policy and economic relevance of Dutch Polar science.

Polar thesis defence Bert Buizer
Bert Buizer has defenced his thesis on September 2013. His thesis is titled Climate change affecting dwarf shrubs from temperate and Arctic ecosystems: an experimental approach.

Farewell symposium Louwrens Hacquebord: 28 May 2013
In honour of Louwrens Hacquebord the Arctic Centre has organised a symposium Climate change, Polar exploitation and geopolitical consequences .

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