Instituto Antartico Ecuatoriano (INAE)

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About Ecuador’s National Antarctic Program

COMNAP representative (MNAP): Juan Carlos Tapia Aldas​, Executive Director
(DMNAP): Santiago Alfonso Coral Carrillo, Scientific Technical Director

Ecuador signed the Antarctic Treaty in 1987 and gained consultative status in 1990. The first Ecuadorian National Antarctic Program was named the Ecuadorian Antarctic Program (PROANTEC) which was founded in 1988. In 2004, this was replaced by the Ecuadorian Antarctic Institute or, in Spanish, known as Instituto Antártico Ecuatoriano (INAE). The main goals of the INAE are to promote and maintain the country’s geopolitical projection and ongoing participation in scientific research activities in the context of the Antarctic Treaty System.­ The INAE works to harmonize national policies with international conventions and promoting the exchange of information between National Antarctic Programs.

INAE’s science is carried out at the Pedro Vicente Maldonado Station on Greenwich Island near the Antarctic Peninsula. This station is seasonal and was built in 1990 with a original maximum population of 22. Since 2012, the capacity is maximum of 32 people.

Maldonado Station, Greenwich Island-Antarctic (March, 2013).

The Organizational Structure of INAE

The INAE is a public body attached to the Ministry of National Defense. It is composed of an Executive Administration, and several departments: Scientific -Technical and Administrative-Financial. A group of researchers and academic institutes make up the Scientific Advisory Group who adheres to their guidelines and principles.

Logistics operations are organized by INAE with the support of military and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces of Ecuador.

The average annual budget for expeditions to Antarctica is USD$1,400,000 of which USD$1,000,000 is used for logistics and USD$400,000 for science.

INAE Organization Chart

Our Science Program

The INAE carries out a variety of scientific projects designed to understand the Antarctic environment, to protect and establish their relationships with climate variability of the Southeast Pacific and the role of the southern continent in climate change-related research, especially the relationship to rising sea levels accelerated in the South American coast.

The latest Ecuadorian Expedition (XVII) traveled to Antarctica in the austral summer 2012 – 2013. It was composed of 78 people, including 40 researchers from 15 different universities and institutes, between them there were 5 researchers from Venezuela and 4 from Spain working on combined projects with Ecuador.

INAE regularly participates in international meetings including the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM), COMNAP, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), and Meeting of Managers of Latin American Antarctic Programs (RAPAL). In addition, the Institute participates in international scientific dissemination events as the Latin American Symposiums on Antarctic Research and Open Science Conference.

The Institute maintains a strong outreach program to raise awareness and knowledge about Antarctica, especially in the Ecuadorian youth with contests on Antarctic topics made between schools annually.

Our Contact Details


Office Address
Blvd 9 de Octubre 416 y Chile
Ed Citibank, 4to Piso, Of. 402
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Postal Adress
PO Box: 09-01-7658

Phone, Fax, Email
Phone Commuter: (593) (4) (2) 560421/ 560521
Fax: (593-4) (2) 560421 ext. 102