At the recent workshop in Varese it was decided to move ANTPAS from an Expert Group to a Research Program so what is a Research Program? Scientific Research Programmes (SRPs) are major international scientific initiatives coordinated by SCAR, with the focus to addressing scientific questions that will require sustained efforts over 6-8 years. ANTPAS will do well within this, since it addresses crucial questions on Antarctic soils, permafrost environments, as well as the active layer. Furthermore, ANTPAS collaborates extensibvely with the biological sciences, since fauna and flora find their niches within Antarctic soils (as well as other environments, of course). AS such, ANTPAS can, as an SRP, address major, priority scientific issues of global or fundamental importance, at the cutting edge of the science, that will require substantial field-work and/or observations in the Antarctic to be successful. More on the SCAR guidelines on establishing am SRP is available here.
How do I become a member?
HOW CAN ANTPAS HELP MY RESEARCH?
You can list your project(s) as one that contributes to one of ANTPAS objectives. In order to have your project considered as an ANTPAS project, you should send a request by email to the co-chairs with an abstract of the project objectives and expected outcomes.
HOW CAN I LINK MY PROJECT WITH ANTPAS?
The Steering Committee is able to provide a letter of support to project proposals showing excellent quality and clearly linked to ANTPAS objectives. An abstract of the project, with clearly stated objectives, including the list of project researchers and the top 5 publications by the team should be sent to the Steering Committee for evaluation, so that a letter is prepared.
HOW DO I ACKNOWLEDGE ANTPAS SUPPORT?
A reference to ANTPAS should be included in the acknowledgements in the papers to be published. If you are presenting at an ANTPAS-organised event or one that is affiliated with ANTPAS, or have received funding from ANTPAS to present your work at any event, please include the ANTPAS logo and SCAR logo in your presentation.
IS ANTPAS INTERNATIONALLY AFFILIATED?
ANTPAS IS an Expert Working Group of SCAR. SCAR fosters international collaboration and engagement and is an International Council for Science (ICSU)-affiliated body. The ICSU is a non-governmental organisation with a global membership of national scientific bodies and International Scientific Unions.