The Committee on Polar Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (CPR PAS) was set up in 1975. It associates a group of experts conducting research in both polar regions of the Earth. The members of PRC represent all scientific disciplines and come from more than 24 scientific institutions in Poland. Including university teachers of many years’ standing and experienced educators. The Committee’s actions are managed by its Presidium and the scientific works are embraced by five task commissions.

The Committee’s basis tasks are:

  • Consolidation and coordination of activities of the scientific milieu of polar researchers’ in Poland.
  • Stimulating cooperation between universities and PAS institutes, as well as other scientific units, and the economy, including offering expert knowledge to Polish government agencies and to the economy sector.
  • Publishing the Polish Polar Research, a quarterly magazine of international access, and other periodical and occasional publications.
  • Popularizing among the society the results of Arctic research, especially those of a global reference.
  • Representing Polish science in more than ten international polar organizations.
  • Stimulating Polish scientific teams to work further on the results of research conducted within 4th International Polar Year, e.g. by organizing all-Poland polar symposia and international interdisciplinary scientific conferences.
  • Initiating national and international interdisciplinary scientific projects with appropriately strong participation of Polish scientific teams.
  • Scientific patronage and help in the development of Polish research infrastructure in Arctic and Antarctic polar areas in relation to Polish scientific stations and research vessels.
  • Preparing Poland’s active participation in the planned International Polar Decade.
  • Preparing and organizing the Arctic Science Summit Week, which is to take place in Poland in 2013.
  • Scientific patronage and support for APECS Poland (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) organization.

The future research personnel backup for the Committee are almost 400 Polish scientists and over 5 000 students. Many of them work every year in the Arctic and Antarctic, gaining new experience and contacts, which can be used in creating the European Arctic information network.