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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

Our Members are the National Antarctic Programs of the 29 Consultative Parties to the Antarctic Treaty. Each is represented by the Manager of the 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:  
Heinz Miller (Chair) from Alfred Wegener Institute (heinrich.miller@awi.de)
Juanjo Dañobeitia from Unidad de Tecnologia Marina, CSIC (jjdanobeitia@cmima.csic.es)

Brian Stone from National Science Foundation (bstone@nsf.gov)
Jose Olmedo from Ecuador National Antarctic Program (jolmedo@inae.gob.ec)

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

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

Access practical resources here:  

Download a pdf version of the COMNAP Presentation to ATCM XXXVII, presented by COMNAP Chair Professor Heinz Miller on 22 April 2014:
Download a copy of the COMNAP Report to ATCM XXXVII (Information Paper 003)

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

SCAR Open Science Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 25-28 August 2014
The SCAR Open Science Conference (OSC) 2014 will focus on Global Messages from Antarctica. To register for the OSC and for further information please visit the SCAR OSC website.
More Information: http://www.scar2014.com
COMNAP Symposium 2014, Auckland, New Zealand, 25 August 2014
The COMNAP Symposium 2014 will be held on Monday 25 August 2014, after the opening plenary session of the SCAR Open Science Conference in Auckland, New Zealand. The theme for this year's Symposium is "Success through International Co-operation". All COMNAP delegates and any person registered for the SCAR OSC may also attend the Symposium. The Symposium Review Committee will have the final program available soon.
More Information: Symposium
COMNAP AGM 2014, Christchurch, New Zealand, 27 - 29 August 2014
The COMNAP Annual General Meeting (AGM XXVI) 2014 will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Wednesday 27 August through Friday 29 August 2014. Registration for COMNAP delegates for the COMNAP AGM is now open at the members-only area of the COMNAP website.
More Information: COMNAP AGM XXVI
COMNAP Wastewater Management Workshop, Christchurch, New Zealand, 28 August 2014
The COMNAP Wastewater Management Workshop will be held from 1330-1800hrs on 28 August 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The workshop themes and further information can be found on the COMNAP AGM website.
More Information: COMNAP AGM XXVI and Wastewater Management Workshop
The Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting 2015 (ATCM XXXVIII) and Committee for Environmental Protection meeting 2015 (CEP XXVIII) will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 1 June - 10 June 2015.
More Information: http://www.ats.aq
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