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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 officers are:  

  • Kazuyuki Shiraishi (Chair) from National Institute of Polar Research Japan/NIPR (kshiraishi@nipr.ac.jp)
  • Javed Beg from National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research/NCAOR India (javed.beg@gmail.com)
  • Yves Frenot from Institut Polaire Français Paul Emile Victor/IPEV (yves.frenot@ipev.fr) 
  • John Guldahl from Norwegian Polar Institute/NPI (john.guldahl@npolar.no)
  • Jose Retamales from Instituto Antartico Chileno/INACH (jretamales@inach.cl)
  • 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

CEP XX (2017)
The Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP) XX Meeting will be held from Monday 22 May to Friday 26 May 2017 in Beijing, China.
More Information: http://www.ats.aq
ATCM XL (2017)
The Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) XL (2017) will be held from Tuesday 23 May to Thursday 1 June 2017 in Beijing, China.
More Information: http://www.ats.aq
The COMNAP Annual General Meeting (AGM) XXIX (2017) will be held at the Best Western Premier Hotel International Brno, in Brno, Czech Republic, hosted by our COMNAP Members from Masaryk University.  The AGM will take place over 3 days beginning 31 July 2017 (31 July - 2 August 2017). Registration for COMNAP Members is now OPEN!
More Information: COMNAP AGM XXIX (2017) Information


​COMNAP Fellowship Application round for 2017 NOW OPEN.  Information here.​
The Norwegian Polar Institute has recently published a new map of Dronning Maud Land.

​The British Antarctic Survey announces plans for Halley VI Station for this winter.​​​
​The French Polar Institute (IPEV) announces plans for a new vessel to replace the 30 year old L'Astrolabe​
The 23rd International Symposium on Polar Sciences "Life at the Extremes: Resilience, Adaptation and Application Potential". May 17-18, 2017, KOPRI, Incheon, Republic of Korea. http://symposium.kopri.re.kr​