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Belgium Returns to Antarctica: an Interview with Dr. Philippe Mettens

A new interview with Dr. Philippe Mettens has just been published on the IPF's SciencePoles website. Dr. Mettens is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Belgian Science Policy Office, which will be managing the scientific research programmes going to the Princess Elisabeth station.

In the interview Dr. Mettens discusses the significance and legacy of Belgium's new Antarctic station, how it will contribute to the international scientific research community in Antarctica, the importance of Belgium being an example in sustainable development, and the positive aspects of the public-private nature of the project.

Dr. Mettens also talks about the research projects that will eventually be carried out at the station. Monitoring programmes and field work is currently being planned in the fields of crustal physics, meteorology, glaciology, atmospheric physics, geomagnetics and terrestrial biology.

Author: IPF

Picture: Philippe Mettens - © International Polar Foundation

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