Only 20 countries have year-round research stations in the Antarctic. Working at the Polish Antarctic Station provides a rare opportunity to visit and get to know this region.
The Polish Academy of Sciences Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics has announced a call for participants of the 43rd Antarctic expedition 2018-2019, mostly for the positions of technical and maintenance personnel.
The Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station is the only unit of this kind managed by a Polish research centre, Poland being of the 20 countries to maintain year-round research stations in the Antarctica. The station provides a unique insight into the largest natural “wildlife laboratory” – Antarctica, allows for realising ambitious, multidisciplinary research programs and offers opportunities to collaborate with the best research institutions based in different countries. Extreme climate conditions in Antarctica, strict requirements regarding environmental protection and the complexity of logistics involved in maintaining research stations and managing scientific projects result in the fact that this area has also become a laboratory for testing new technologies. Numerous research programs realised using the Station have potential application value.
The Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station and two field bases, Lions Rump and Demay, are used to carry out research in oceanography, geology, glaciology, geomorphology, climatology, microbiology, botany, ecology, ornithology, genetics, marine biology and chemistry, cartography and in constant environmental monitoring. The studies are conducted within interdisciplinary programs related to issues such as changes in polar ecosystems, evolution, structure and dynamics of biodiversity, as well as the impact of climate change in the area of the Antarctic Peninsula on marine and land ecosystems.
Materials and data gathered at the Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station since 1977 have been used incessantly by 20 Polish research centres and by scientific institutions form 22 countries. Those materials served, among others, to create a bank of psychrophilic strains of microorganisms originating from various environments. At present, the collection includes ca 3,000 isolates, of which many exhibit features that may be of use in biotechnology.