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​​​​​​​​About COMNAP

Welcome to the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Program (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.

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 current COMNAP officers are:  
Kazuyuki Shiraishi (Chair) from National Institute of Polar Research Japan/NIPR (kshiraishi@nipr.ac.jp)

Yves Frenot from Institut Polaire Français Paul Emile Victor/IPEV (yves.frenot@ipev.fr)

John Hall from the British Antarctic Survey/BAS (jhal@bas.ac.uk) 

Jose Retamales from Instituto Antartico Chileno/INACH (jretamales@inach.cl)

Hyoung Chul Shin from the Korean Polar Reseach Institute/KOPRI (hcshin@kopri.re.kr)

Rob Wooding from Australian Antarctic Division/AAD (rob.wooding@aad.gov.au)


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To find out more about COMNAP, email us at sec@comnap.aq.​​​​​
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 Upcoming Events

 
  
COMNAP Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2016, Goa, India
The National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) will host the COMNAP XXVIII AGM 2016 in Goa, India, from 16-18 August 2016. Registration for COMNAP Members NOW CLOSED.  Members who wish to late register, please email sec@comnap.aq.
More Information: COMNAP AGM XXVIII (2016)
COMNAP Symposium 2016
The COMNAP Symposium 2016 will be hosted by the National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) in Goa, India, on 19 and 20 August 2016. The theme of this Symposium will be "Wintering-over Challenges". Call for papers has now closed.
More Information: COMNAP Symposium "Winter-over Challenges"
34th SCAR Biennial Meetings
The Biennial Meetings include the SCAR Open Science Conference, Kuala Lumpur, 20-30 August 2016.  
More Information: http://www.scar2016.com

 



 

 

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