There are several organisations and institutes around the world that helped to sponsor the APECS World Summit 2015 by providing financial support for the summit itself and / or the travel of our participants and mentors. On behalf of APECS and the organizing team we want to thank all of them for their support and for contributing to the success of the event
Sponsors are listed in alphabetical order.
APECS is providing partial travel support for several summit participants
Assarel-Medet JSC Mining and Processing Complex is the first, biggest and leading Bulgarian company for open pit mining and processing of copper ores providing around 50% of the national production of the vital metal for the human development - copper. It has a structural-determinant significance for the Bulgarian economy, as one of the leading industrial company with an important contribution to the raw materials independence and Gross Domestic Product of the country.
"Bohemia" Ltd is a certified Bulgarian tour operator. The agency specializes in the organization of cultural tourism programs, excursions, congress and seminar tours and travel services. Bohemia was awarded with the prestigious Best Buy Award for the best balance between price and quality in the category travel agency in Bulgaria for 2015/2016 by the world famous organization for certification ICERTIAS - International Certification Association.
Bulgarian Antarctic Institute (BAI) is the national operator of Bulgarian Antarctic activities. BAI works under patronage of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria and organizes annual Antarctic campaigns and operates the Bulgarian Antarctic base “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands.
The President of the Executive Board of the Institute is prof. Christo Pimpirev.
BAI is a member of COMNAP (Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs), SCALOP (Standing Committee on Antarctic Logistics and Operations), EPB (European Polar Board) and SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research).
Established in 1991, the Commission is Canada’s primary polar knowledge agency and has responsibility for: monitoring, promoting, and disseminating knowledge of the polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic); contributing to public awareness of the importance of polar science to Canada; enhancing Canada’s international profile as a circumpolar nation; and advising government on matters related to the polar regions. In carrying out its mandate, the Commission builds and maintains polar knowledge networks, hosts conferences and workshops, publishes information regarding the polar regions, and works closely with other governmental and non-governmental agencies to promote and support Canadian polar knowledge.
The Commission serves as Canada’s primary point of contact with the circumpolar knowledge community, and is Canada’s adhering body to the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR). In addition, the Commission maintains a liaison with research organizations and institutes throughout the circumpolar world, providing guidance into multilateral scientific projects relevant to Canadian interests.
COMNAP is the international association, formed in 1988, which brings together its Members, who are the National Antarctic Programs. National Antarctic Programs are those organizations that have responsibility for delivering and supporting scientific research in the Antarctic Treaty Area on behalf of their respective governments and in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty.
COMNAP’s purpose which can be found in its Constitution is to “develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica". It does this by:
- Serving as a forum to develop practices that improve effectiveness of activities in an environmentally responsible manner;
- Facilitating and promoting international partnerships;
- Providing opportunities and systems for information exchange; and
- Providing the Antarctic Treaty System with objective and practical, technical and non-political advice drawn from the National Antarctic Programs' pool of expertise.
More information: https://www.comnap.aq/SitePages/Home.aspx . COMNAP is providing partial travel support for one partcipant to attend the APECS World Summit.
Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest and most culturally diverse university with Australia’s third largest international student population. With campuses in Malaysia and Singapore as well as face-to-face teaching in a number of countries, Curtin has a strong commitment to international engagement. This cultural diversity adds a rich and valuable dimension to our campus atmosphere, preparing all graduates to live and work effectively in an increasingly global environment.
Curtin University is providing partial travel support for one summit participants from Australia
The Foundation for Polish Science has been in operation since 1991. It is a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit institution which pursues the mission of supporting science. It is the largest source of science funding in Poland outside of the state budget.The Foundation realizes its statutory purposes through:
- Support for distinguished scholars and research teams in all fields of inquiry
- Modernization of research facilities
- Assisting innovative ventures and commercialization of scientific discoveries and inventions.
The Foundation for Polish Sciences is providing travel support for one summit participants from Poland
The Gordon Foundation is a private, philanthropic foundation based in Toronto, Canada. The Foundation undertakes research, leadership development and public dialogue so that public policies in Canada reflect a commitment to collaborative stewardship of our freshwater resources and to a people-driven, equitable and evolving North. Over the past quarter century The Gordon Foundation has invested over $27 million in a wide variety of Northern community initiatives and freshwater protection initiatives.
The Gordon Foundation is providing partial travel support for two summit participant from Canada (Yukon).
The objectives of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) are:
- to promote studies of cryospheric subsystems of the Earth solar systems
- to encourage research in the above subjects by members of the cryospheric community, national and international institutions and programmes, and individual countries through collaboration and international co-ordination
- to provide an opportunity on an international basis for discussion and publication of the results of the above research
- to promote education and public awareness on the cryosphere
- to facilitate the standardisation of measurement or collection of data on cryospheric systems and of the analysis, archiving and publication of such data.
The International Association of Cryospheric Sciences is providing travel support for four summit participants from India, Russia, Turkey and Hungary
The National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research in Goa, India is providing accommodation support for one summit participant from India
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) supports research into our world’s frozen realms: the snow, ice, glaciers, frozen ground, and climate interactions that make up Earth’s cryosphere. NSIDC manages and distributes scientific data, creates tools for data access, supports data users, performs scientific research, and educates the public about the cryosphere.
The NSIDC is co-sponsoring a mentor attending the Summit.
The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) partners with research agencies to develop a global understanding of Antarctica's impacts and vulnerability in a changing global climate.
Our vision is to inform industry, government and community alike so that we can plan for impacts of change and where possible mitigate them.
Our focus is Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and the Sub-Antarctic. In particular the Ross Sea Sector, where the Southern Ocean reaches its furthest south (85oS) beneath the Ross Ice Shelf.
Funding for NZARI is sought from organisations concerned with global scale connections to Antarctica and consequences of its changing environment.
NZARI is a charitable trust.
The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute is providing partial funding support for two Summit participants from New Zealand
The Norwegian Polar Institute is Norway's central institution for research, environmental monitoring and mapping of the polar regions. The Institute is the Norwegian authorities' consultant and supplier of knowledge, and contributes to the best possible administration of Norwegian polar areas. Through active participation in national and international bodies, the Polar Institute is central when it comes to protecting national interests in matters of research and the environment. Approximately 110 persons are employed at the Institute in Tromsø, Svalbard and Dronning Maud Land.
For more information please visit the Norwegian Polar Institute website.
The Norwegian Polar Institute is providing partial travel support for two Norwegian participants
The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is a committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU), that is charged with the initiation, promotion and co-ordination of scientific research in Antarctica. SCAR also provides international, independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty system. To meet the objective of developing scientific capacity in all SCAR Members, especially with respect to younger scientists, and promoting the incorporation of Antarctic science in education at all levels, SCAR will take the following strategic approach:
- works towards building human and institutional capacity for Antarctic science by a variety of means;
- promotes education of the public and of students so as to increase awareness of the value of Antarctic science; and
- promotes the development of Antarctic science through appropriate means.
- provides fellowships to encourage the active involvement of early career scientists and engineers in Antarctic scientific research, and to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in Antarctic research.
Funding support for the APECS World Summit 2015 was provide by the following SCAR committees and Scientific Research Programmes for mentor and participant travel: Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SCADM), State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (AntEco) and Antarctic Thresholds - Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation (Ant-ERA)
The Sofia University is the oldest higher education institution in Bulgaria, founded on 1 October 1888. The university's edifice was constructed between 1924 and 1934 with the financial support of the brothers Evlogi Georgiev and Hristo Georgiev, whose sculptures are now featured on its facade. Sofia University is the best university in Bulgaria in National Rankings.
The University has 16 faculties and 3 departments, where 21,000 students receive their education. In addition, it also disposes of a university library, a university press, a computer center, a sports center and several other structures.
Sofia University will be the venue for the APECS World Summit 2015.
The WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF is providing travel support for two summit participants from Switzerland
The goal of the Yukon Environmental Training Fund is to support training, retraining, upgrading and improving of occupational skills of those employed by Yukon's environmental groups or individuals working on environmental issues and activities in the Yukon.
The travel support for Canadian participant from the Yukon for the APECS World Summit is partially funded through the Yukon Environmental Training Fund