Princess Elisabeth Antarctica

Princess Elisabeth Antarctica

For decades, Antarctica has been the home of science and an example for preservation governance. The International Polar Foundation heralded the return of Belgium on the continent with the first ever “zero emission” station: Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.

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  • The final BELARE team members head to the air strip after closing up the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica for the season. - © International Polar Foundation

    Until Next November!

    Yet another successful research season has come to an end at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.

  • Sibylle Boxho from the ULB takes snow samples from a pit dug in the snow at the coast of the Queen Maud Land for the PASPARTOUT project - © International Polar Foundation

    Entering the Home Stretch

    Last week most of the scientists and several of the crew headed home from the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, having accomplished their scientific objectives for this season. Only a core crew…

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The Snow Eagle gets ready to take another radar survey of the grounding lines of ice shelves at the coast. - © International Polar Foundation

Scientists on the Move

January 2024 saw the passage of the CHINARE research plane the Snow Dragon at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica and several resarch projecs head out into the field towards the coast.

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One Project, Multiple dimensions


Concept & Design

The design of the Princess Elisabeth Station goes well beyond the package. Every aspect of the station was worked and re-worked to minimize energy and material loss while optimizing performance and space.

Engineering work


The Construction

Two seasons of building were needed for the Princess Elisabeth Station to become entirely operational and welcome its first scientists. From 2004 onwards, follow the history of the station as it unfolds.

Construction steps


Zero Emission

Princess Elisabeth Antarctica is a puzzle that took existing parts and reassembled them in an innovative way. As a prototype, the station is subjected to perpetual improvements to its efficiency, autonomy, and equipments.

Zero Emission Station


Polar Science

A new station in a vastly unexplored region of Antarctica, Princess Elisabeth Antarctica provides scientists with a wide variety of research environments and the necessary support to conduct their research in the best conditions.

Scientific projects