CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Polar Research Board


The Polar Research Board (PRB) is the focal point within the National Academies for providing independent advice to the federal government and others on issues related to the Arctic and Antarctic.


The Board identifies, develops, and oversees activities such as discussion forums, program and document reviews, assistance in setting priorities and identifying research opportunities, evaluation of technologies and methodologies, analyses of controversial and nationally important topics, and information dissemination. The PRB also serves the nation at the international level, as the U.S. National Committee to two international non-governmental polar science organizations: the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC).


The Board’s volunteer members meet periodically (in person and by virtual means) to give oversight to current PRB activities, plan new activities, and interact with a wide array of scientists and decision-makers.


The membership term for some current Board members will end this year, and we are seeking nominations for candidates to fill these roles and to expand the Board’s expertise in new areas. While anyone may be nominated, we are particularly interested to find candidates with expertise in the following areas:

  • Carbon and permafrost dynamics

  • Polar physical oceanography

  • Polar research support logistics and infrastructure

  • Indigenous Alaskan perspectives, especially related to social / economic sciences

  • Education (K-12 and/or general public engagement)

We seek highly-respected individuals with a broad understanding of polar research and policy issues. We especially encourage participation of women and underrepresented minorities in these activities.


Self-nominations are welcome.


Deadline for Nominations: Thursday, February 28.


To submit a nomination, please fill out this form.




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