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 signed the return of Belgium on the continent with the first ever “zero emission” station: Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.

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  • Drilling on the King Baudoin Ice Shelf - © International Polar Foundation / Jos Van Hemelrijck

    Back from an adventure at the coast!

    The team of scientists who spent a few weeks on the King Baudoin Ice Shelf has returned from their field expedition and is preparing to head home in time for…

  • Alexander and Quentin tying up a weather balloon before releasing it - © International Polar Foundation / Jos van Hemelrijck

    New toys for Antarctica’s Aerosol Men

    Dr Alexander Mangold from the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) of Belgium is now on his sixth season in Antarctica. He and his colleague Dr Quentin Laffineur have been busy with…

  • The King Baudouin Ice Shelf - © International Polar Foundation / Alain Hubert

    A drill stuck in the ice

    The scientists at the coast have been extracting ice and firn cores from various sites across the King Baudouin Ice Shelf. The shallow firn core drillings Jan Lenearts has been…

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A view of the loading dock at the Port of Zeebrugge on the North Sea coast of Belgium.  - © International Polar Foundation

Loading the Mary Arctica at Zeebrugge

We documented the loading of the Mary Arctica, the ship that is transporting cargo to Antarctica for BELARE 10.  It took 10 hours to load 45 containers of equipment and supplies (including…

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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