Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Scott Polar Research Institute (Polar Museum), Lensfield Road, Cambridge, UK

Established: 1958

Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation
Geographical scope: Global
Member countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Republic Of, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay
Participating countries: Austria, Belarus, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Iran, Islamic Republic Of, Monaco, Pakistan, Romania, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic Of
Funding source Percentage

Organisation’s vision:

To be an engaged, active, forward-looking organization that promotes, facilitates, and delivers scientific excellence and evidence-based policy advice on globally significant issues in and about Antarctica.

Organisation’s mission:

To advance Antarctic research, including observations from Antarctica, and to promote scientific knowledge, understanding and education on any aspect of the Antarctic region.

Organisation’s objectives (if different from the Mission):


  • Antarctic research
  • polar science


  • Defining strategies/road maps/priorities for Earth (ocean) observing/science
  • International law, policies, conventions
  • Training scientists/technicians