Arctic Centre, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

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The Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen was founded on 19 January 1970. The original purpose was to stimulate the study of languages and cultures of arctic and sub-arctic peoples. When during the 1970s archaeologists, biologists and geographers joined, the scope of the Arctic centre widened scientifically and also geographically by including Antarctica. nowadays, the Arctic Centre is an expertise centre for multi-disciplinary polar research in the Netherlands, aiming at getting a better understanding of the Arctic environment and its use by people in past and present. Part of this research is carried out at the centre itself, by researchers in the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, biology, geography and history working in close co-operation.

The Arctic Centre represents the Netherlands in the council of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and in the working groups of the Arctic Council on conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), Pollution (AMAP) and Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG). The Arctic Centre is also represented in the Interdepartementaal Polair Overleg (IPO), the Committee of Antarctic research (CAO) and the National Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR). The Arctic Centre operates the Netherlands Arctic field Station in Ny-Ny-Ålesund and is represented in the Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee.

Arctic Centre

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