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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  • Frank Pattyn and Brice Van Liefferinge working on their radar machine - © International Polar Foundation / Jos van Hemelrijck

    Getting ready for the first field expeditions

    "We got treated with warm croissants for breakfast this Sunday. Apart from that, it was nothing like a normal Sunday here at Princess Elisabeth," recounted veteran Belgian reporter Jos van…

  • A group photo taken just before leaving Belgium for Cape Town - © International Polar Foundation / Nathalie Van Isacker

    The scientists are coming!

    Several scientists, a teacher, a veteran Belgian journalist, a field guide, and the team’s doctor will arrive in Antarctica in a few days, more than doubling the number…

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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