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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

COMNAP consists of 30 National Antarctic Program Members. Each  Member program is represented by the Manager of that 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 COMNAP Executive Committee (EXCOM) elected officers are:  

  • Kelly Falkner, Chairwoman, from the US National Science Foundation/USAP (kfalkner@nsf.gov)
  • Javed Beg from National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research/NCAOR India (javed.beg@gmail.com)
  • John Guldahl from Norwegian Polar Institute/NPI (john.guldahl@npolar.no)
  • Agnieszka Kruszewska from the Polish National Antarctic Program/IBB PAS (agnieszkak@ibb.waw.pl)
  • Uwe Nixdorf from Germany's Alfred Wegener Institute/AWI (uwe.nixdorf@awi.de)
  • Rob Wooding from Australian Antarctic Division/AAD (rob.wooding@aad.gov.au).

Access practical resources here:  

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

COMNAP AGM XXX (2018) & Symposium 2018
The COMNAP Annual General Meeting (AGM) XXX (2018) will be held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, hosted by AWI, on 11-13 June 2018.  The COMNAP Symposium 2018 will also be held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on 14 June 2018 (immediately following the AGM). Registration is NOW OPEN for COMNAP Members.
More Information: COMNAP AGM XXX and Symposium Information
COMNAP Mini-Symposium I & II at POLAR2018
As part of the Open Science Conference "POLAR2018" in Davos, Switzerland, COMNAP will convene an open mini-symposium session, split into two sessions.  Session I is entitled "The Critical Science/Science Support Nexus"; Session II is entitled "Implementation of Multi-national Polar projects". These are open sessions and anyone registered for the SCAR OSC in Davos is welcomed to attend.
More Information: POLAR2018 Programme and Schedule


This week at Casey: 20 April 2018 Australian Antarctic Division News


​COMNAP & SCAR jointly announce the opening of the Antarctic Fellowship 2018 application round. 
Norway's new vessel RV Kronprins Haakon

RV Kronprins Haakon was a long time in the making. The design contract was awarded in 2008, but it was not until 2013 that the Norwegian Parliament allotted €145 million for the construction and outfitting of the vessel. The vessel underwent final outfitting and was delivered in March 2018.​ Read about the making of the vessel at https://www.hydro-international.com/content/article/the-making-of-rv-kronprins-haakon

​South Korea's Icebreaker Araon launches Antarctic mission to explore ice shelf

The Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) said that the Araon left the southern New Zealand port town of Lyttelton on Tuesday to sail for the Larsen C ice shelf.  Find out more at: