Balises numériques 32Ko
un projet de Catherine Rannou

production du Festival @rt Outsiders / Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, 2009
en collaboration avec le Centre d'art contemporain Passerelle, Brest.


08/10/23-TU20H50 - RM - polar diffusion


The International Polar Foundation

The International Polar Foundation (IPF) was created with the aim of providing a novel interface between science and society. The IPF seeks to bring about a keener appreciation of the role of science, and in particular scientific research in the Polar Regions, through the re-examination of the World and the impact of human actions on the environment and evolution of millennial climate cycles.

Co-founded by Belgian explorer and civil engineer Alain Hubert, and Professors emeriti André Berger, climatologist at the Université Catholique de Louvain, and Hugo Decleir, glaciologist at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the International Polar Foundation (IPF) was established as a charitable non-profit organisation in 2002. The IPF is a private foundation of public utility, set up under Royal Statute.

The IPF develops its projects within a context of sustainable development, following its three-fold mission of information, education and demonstration to the wider public.

* Inform the wider public on the importance of polar research in understanding how the Earth's climate functions, and disseminate the results of research on the Polar Regions and on climate change.
* Educate the wider public by offering new tools and resources that will allow the educational community to efficiently communicate complex ideas to the younger generations.
* Demonstrate that action can be taken today in order to address the causes and adapt our lifestyles in the face of current climate change. To this end, the IPF realizes and offers its support to exemplary sustainable development initiatives.

The IPF runs 4 different websites covering various aspects of polar science and climate change:

* PolarFoundation: Presents the IPF through its objectives, structure, projects and realisations.
* SciencePoles: Popularizes polar sciences and research findings across a variety of disciplines.
* EducaPoles: Offers educational tools and projects relating to climate change and Polar Regions.
* ExploraPoles: Provides an overview of polar expeditions and explorers and introduces Polar Regions.


Private participation remains the Foundation's main source of revenue. While patron companies support the Foundation's general mission, sponsoring companies choose to contribute to specific IPF projects. Public donations are granted to some of the IPF's educational projects of public interest. To find out more about the IPF's company sponsors, please visit the website's "partners & support" page.

The International Polar Foundation communicates and educates on polar science and polar research as a way to understand key environmental and climate mechanisms. The IPF also promotes innovative and multifaceted responses to the complex challenges raised by the need for action on sustainable development.
International Presence
The IPF's headquarters are situated in Brussels, Belgium, at the crossroads of European Union institutions. The Foundation is also internationally represented by foreign offices in Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom, and local correspondants in the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, South Africa and the United States of America.