Breaking the Ice with International Research Mobility

RESEARCHconnect dives into the Arctic as it explores how international mobility is making an impact on the world of research

Mobility and collaboration are an essential part of today’s research landscape. International mobility – researchers travelling to other countries as part of their research – continues to impact our global knowledge.

In a prime example of international research mobility in action, fifteen partners from thirteen countries, including two North American partners from USA and Canada, have joined forces to improve the capacities for marine-based research in the icecovered Arctic Ocean.

The ARICE (Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium) project aims to better coordinate the existing polar research fleet, offer scientists access to six research icebreakers and to collaborate closely with the maritime industry.

“Research icebreakers are a crucial infrastructure and tool for conducting scientific investigations in the ice-covered areas of the Arctic Ocean – those regions that urgently need to be explored before they disappear,” says Dr Veronica Willmott, Project Manager of ARICE, International Cooperation Unit at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), in Germany. “The lack of availability of icebreakers in Europe and beyond and a weakly-coordinated polar research fleet impedes Europe’s capacity to investigate this region. There is thus an urgent need for providing polar scientists with better research icebreaker capacities for the Arctic.”

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