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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, Chair, from the US National Science Foundation/USAP (kfalkner@nsf.gov)
  • Sergio Gago Guida from the Brazilian Secretariat of the Interministerial Commission for Sea Resources​ (SECIRM) / PROANTAR (guida@marinha.mil.br​)
  • 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)
  • Ho Il Yoon from the Korean Polar Reseach Institute (KOPRI) (hiyoon@kopri.re.kr)

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

COMNAP EXCOM Meeting (Virtual)
The annual COMNAP EXCOM Meeting will be held as an on-line, virtual meeting in support of the COMNAP sustainability goals. The meeting will take place over 3 days on UTC 4-6 November, 2000-2130 hours.
Antarctic Aviation Workshop
COMNAP will convene the Antarctic Aviation Workshop as per the ATCM XLII (2019) request.  The workshop will be hosted by the Australian Antarctic Division, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, on 30-31 July 2020.  More information will be made available soon.
COMNAP AGM XXXII (2020) & SCAR Meetings
The COMNAP Annual General Meeting (AGM) XXXII 2020 will be held in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, hosted by our colleagues at the Australian Antarctic Division from 3-6 August 2020.  The COMNAP Symposium will be held on 2 August 2020. Further information will be available soon.
More Information: COMNAP AGM XXXII (2020)

30th RAPAL Meeting Closes 

The 30th Meeting of Administrators of Latin American Antarctic Programs​ (RAPAL) held in Punta Arenas, Chile, has ended after an effective and successful three days of discussion.  

More information can be found here.​

International Ice Charting Working Group 20th Meeting Executive Summary

The 20th meeting of the IICWG was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, September 23-27, 2019. The meeting was hosted by the Danish Meteorological Institute. Ninety-two attendees representing 40 organizations from 18 countries participated. The theme for the meeting was “Responsive Ice Services: Innovating Science and Service for a Changing Environment”.
An Executive Summary of the meeting is here:​ IICWG-XX_Meeting_Exec_Summary.pdf

Lunch is on! A Chef in Antarctica

Japan's National Broadcasting Corporation (HNK) will broadcast on-line the story of a man who runs a restaurant in Japan and became the chef of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition.Tune in to see how the chef at the southernmost place on the planet gets to work in the kitchen.

Streamin at any time at: Lunch is on!​