Comité National Belge pour la Recherche Antarctique (CNBRA)
Belgisch Nationaal Comité voor Antarctisch Onderzoek (BNCAO)
Belgian National Committee on Antarctic Research (BNCAR)
Royal Academy of Belgium – Académie Royale de Belgique – Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België

SCAR is charged with initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system. The scientific business of SCAR is conducted by its Standing Scientific Groups which represent the scientific disciplines active in Antarctic research and report to SCAR. The BNCAR is the official representing body of Belgium within SCAR



Board members

President: Prof. Frank Pattyn (2013-current)
Vice-President: Prof. Bruno Delille  (2017-current)
Secretary: Dr. Anton Van de Putte (2017-current)
Adjunct Secretary Dr. Annick Wilmotte (2017-current)
Secretariat: Belgian National Committee on Antarctic Research I.R.Sc.N.B. – K.B.I.N., rue Vautierstraat 29, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

Effective members

French-speaking members

Prof. André BERGER (UCL)
Dr. Bruno DELILLE (ULg)
Prof. Thierry FICHEFET (UCL)
Prof. Hugues GOOSSE (UCL)
Prof. Roland SOUCHEZ (ULB)
Prof. Jean-Louis TISON (ULB)
Dr Annick WILMOTTE (ULg)

Dutch-speaking members

Prof. Hugo DECLEIR (VUB)
Prof. Frank DEHAIRS (VUB)
Prof. Philippe HUYBRECHTS (VUB)
Dr. Alexander MANGOLD (RMI)
Prof. Frank PATTYN (ULB)
Prof. Ann VANREUSEL (UGent)

Associate members

Dr. Nicolas BERGEOT (ROB)
Prof. Philippe CLAEYS (VUB)
Prof. Bruno DANIS (ULB)
Prof. Patrick DAUBY (ULg)
Prof. Mark DE BATIST (UGent)
Dr. Vincianne DEBAILLE (ULB)
Dr. Dominique FONTEYN (BIRA)
Dr. François FRIPIAT (VUB)
Dr. Steven GODERIS (VUB)
Dr. Olivier LECOMTE (UCL)
Dr. François MASSONNET (UCL)
Dr. Sébastien MOREAU (UCL)
Mr. Jean-Yves PIRLOT (IGN-NGI)
Dr. Bart VAN DE VIJVER (Botanic Garden)
Prof. Nicole VAN LIPZIG (KUL)
Prof. Jean-Pascal VAN YPERZELE (UCL)
Dr. Elie VERLEYEN (UGent)
Prof. Wim VYVERMAN (UGent)
Prof. Anne WILLEMS (UGent)

Marie Cavitte (APECS-UCL)
Marianna Pinzone (APECS-Ulg)

Honorary members

Prof. Louis BEYENS (UA)
Mrs Paulette DOYEN
Dr. Georges FELLER (ULg)
Prof. Charles GERDAY (ULg)
Prof. Jean-Henri HECQ (ULg)
Prof. Christiane LANCELOT (ULB)
Prof. Tony VAN AUTENBOER (UHasselt)

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

The BNCAR is the official representing body of Belgium within SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research). This implies that BNCAR members schould:

    1. participate, when appointed, to the bi-annual meetings of SCAR as national delegate(s) or member(s) of one of the 3 SCAR Standing Scientific Groups (Geosciences, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences) or of other SCAR Standing Committees (e.g. Antarctic Geographic Information). They should also contribute to the inter-sessional activities of these Scientific Standing Groups.
    2. contribute to establish the Belgian annual report to SCAR.
    3. respond to particular information requests from SCAR.
    4. Give advice or respond on matters raised within international bodies such as the ATCM (Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting) and its CEP (Committee for Environmental Protection), CCAMLR (Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Resources), CCAS (Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals), EPB (European Polar Board).
    5. Promote (Belgian) Polar Science at an international level.

General Terms of Reference

Forum to bring members together to share information, identify common problems and to seek collective vision and endeavors for Belgian Antarctic (and Arctic) research.
Strategy to identify scientific and operational issues of strategic importance with respect to Belgian Antarctic (and Arctic) research and activities.
Voice to express a collective vision for the future Belgian Antarctic (and Arctic) research and activities in relation to developments in Belgium, Europe and the World.
Specific National Terms of Reference

Participate in the Belgian coordination bodies concerning Antarctic research.
Establish by means of invited speakers or surveys an overview (State of the Art) of Belgian Antarctic (and Arctic) research and activities.
Organize – whenever appropriate – manifestations, symposia etc. to promote Antarctic (and Arctic) research.
Voice – whenever appropriate or necessary – our concerns about the state of the environment in Antarctica (and Arctica) within the framework of sustainable development.
Promote Polar science in general within the Belgian context.