Arctic Centre - University of Groningen

The Arctic Centre is an information centre for polar research in the Netherlands. Part of the multidisciplinary research is carried out at the centre itself.

The Arctic Centre does not have a full educational programme, but offers courses for students as part of their bachelor and master program. The courses are truly multidisciplinary both in content and in the discipline from which the students originate.

The mission of the Artic Centre, University of Groningen, is to:

  • Conduct primaryresearchinto: the functioning of Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems; undertake inter-disciplinary investigation of long-term human-environment relations in these regions, using archaeological, anthropological, historical, biological and geographic approaches; monitor human impacts on polar environments and explore the growing geopolitical significance of these areas for transport, tourism and mineral extraction.
  • Provide education, trainingand career developmentopportunities to new generations of polar researchers through provision of specialist undergraduate courses, PhD research programmes and an internship/visiting scholars programme.
  • Undertake public outreachwork to inform society about the ecology, environments, cultural and linguistic diversity, archaeology and history of the polar regions, as well as highlight some of the challenges these regions now face due to rapid climate change and other environmental and sociopolitical transformations that are currently underway.
  • Participate actively in nationalbodies (IPO, CPO, WBPI); represent The Netherlands and Dutch polar researchers on the major international scientific committees, including active research collaborations with the Arctic Council (CAFF, AMAP, SDWG), International Arctic Science Committee and European polar programmes (SIOS, EU-PolarNet); manage the Netherlands Arctic Stationin Spitsbergen; undertake consultancy    


Facts and figures

Year Established 1970
Total Number of Staff 5
Number of Academic Staff 4
Number of Students 30
Focus Areas

- long-term human-environment relations

- ecology of migratory birds

- the origin of emissions in the Arctic