APECS is all about early career scientists, but we exchange and stay in touch with what is being discussed at senior level also. The two APECS delegates took part in the second meeting in 2017 of the Belgian National Committee of Antarctic Research (BNCAR) at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels on November 6th. The meeting was chaired by Frank Pattyn (ULB) and Bruno Delille (ULg) and reunited around a dozen scientists.
There, important topics were raised, such as the involvement of researchers in a scientific committee, which is active in the management of projects being held at the Belgian Princess Elisabeth station. But did you know that Belgian polar researchers are also very active in conservation? Annick Wilmotte and others engage in the elaboration of a management plan for an Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA) in Dronning Maud Land.
In addition, plans were developed to introduce an overarching web platform as entry point for information about Belgian Polar Research, likely hosted by BNCAR. The idea from Vinciane Debaille is that for example Belgian scientists going to Antarctica write blog entries on this site and link to individual pages about researchers and projects. We certainly endorse the idea and will keep you posted.
Alex & Henrik (APECS Belgium)