Welcome to the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) website


COMNAP is the international association, formed in 1988, which brings together its Members, who are the National Antarctic Programs. National Antarctic Programs are those organizations that have responsibility for delivering and supporting scientific research in the Antarctic Treaty Area on behalf of their respective governments and in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty​.

COMNAP’s purpose which can be found in its Constitution is to "develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica". It does this by:

  • Serving as a forum to develop practices that improve effectiveness of activities in an environmentally responsible manner;
  • Facilitating and promoting international partnerships;
  • Providing opportunities and systems for information exchange; and
  • Providing the Antarctic Treaty System with objective and practical, technical and non-political advice drawn from the National Antarctic Programs' pool of expertise.

Download the printable COMNAP brochure.

About our Members

COMNAP consists of 30 National Antarctic Program Members. Each Member program is represented by the Manager of that National Antarctic Program and/or the Deputy Manager of that program. National Antarctic Programs collectively have the greatest first-hand experience of living and working in the Antarctic. Many of the National Antarctic Programs have operated in the Antarctic since the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957/58.

Learn more at Our Members​.

About the COMNAP Executive Committee

The COMNAP Executive Committee (EXCOM) is composed of the elected officers of COMNAP and the Executive Secretary (as an appointed, non-voting member). There is a Chair and up to five Vice Chairs, each with a term of three years. The officers are elected at the Annual General Meetings (AGM).

The COMNAP Executive Committee (EXCOM) elected officers are:

About the COMNAP Secretariat

The headquarters for COMNAP is the COMNAP Secretariat, hosted by the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Secretariat is staffed by the Executive Secretary & the Research and Project Development Manager and receives administrative support from Gateway Antarctica. The COMNAP Secretariat had two previous locations: initially at the American Geophysical Union Headquarters, Washington D.C., USA (1989-1997) and then at the State Government of Tasmania Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (1997-2009).

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News & Events

New COMNAP Observer programme

After a formal application process as per COMNAP Rules of Procedure, we are pleased to announce that the National Antarctic Programme of Colombia, through its lead governmental agency the Colombian Ocean Commission (CCO), is the newest COMNAP Observer programme. Congratulations!

COMNAP is now 30 Member programmes & 7 Observer programmes.

COMNAP Annual General Meeting (AGM) XXXIII (2021)

Registration for the COMNAP AGM XXXIII (2021) is NOW OPEN. Participation is restricted. Further details are available in the Members Only Area of this website.


Expert Groups / Topical Discussion Forums
2, 3, 9 & 10 June 2021

Regional Break-out Groups
12, 13 & 14 July 2021

COMNAP AGM Business (Plenary) Session
14 July 2021

Call for nominations
The Medal of the 30th Anniversary of the Madrid Protocol

At the 43rd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in June 2021, France wishes to acknowledge the importance of the Madrid Protocol by rewarding for the first time a scientist whose research contributed to support the spirit behind the Protocol. The Medal will recognize an outstanding contribution in science. Applications are open to all nationals of a country that ratified the Madrid Protocol. Nominations must be received by the deadline of 30 April 2021.
Full details and application form here.

Antarctic Organisations announce launch of 2021 Antarctic Fellowships and Scholarships

COMNAP, IAATO and SCAR launch Antarctic fellowships for early-career
researchers. The fellowships are launched in conjunction with the Scientific Scholarship Scheme of the CCAMLR. Read the Announcement of Opportunity 2021 here. Information on how to apply to the COMNAP Antarctic Fellowship can be found here.

Online COMNAP "Townhal Meetings" Schedule 2021

"Townhall Meetings"
UTC days 7, 8, 13 & 14 April 2021

Participation is restricted.

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Access practical resources here:

COMNAP COVID-19 Guidance for Members only.
COMNAP Antarctic Station Catalogue.​
Antarctic Roadmap Challenges (ARC) publication.
The COMNAP/SCAR Non-native Species Voluntary Checklists for Supply Chain Managers checklists.
Information on the COMNAP Antarctic Flight Information Manual (AFIM).
Information on the COMNAP Asset Tracking System (CATS).
Rescue Co-ordination Centres (with Antarctic co-ordination responsibility) points of contact.