1. GoPro Movie: Clearing Antarctic Snow

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    In this short GoPro video, Jacques Touchette - our favourite Canadian joiner - films the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica tech team getting to grips with the annual "spring cleaning": clearing massive amounts of snow accumulated during winter, servicing the vehicles and starting up the station's systems.

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    • Inside the station

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      Inside the Station will take you on an interactive journey inside the legendary Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, the world’s first zero emission polar research station. People of all ages will experience what it’s like to live and work in the frozen south, learn about polar science, and the continuing evolution of the wind and solar-powered centre for international polar scientific research. “In 2007, an incredible 35,000 people came to Tour & Taxis to see Princess Elisabeth Antarctica for themselves before it was shipped south to Antarctica”, said International Polar Foundation Executive Director Thierry Touchais. “Now it’s our pleasure to welcome the public to once again share in the success story that is Princess Elisabeth Antarctica”. Inside the Station features amazing reconstructions that give you the opportunity to experience first hand: The technologies used at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica– the electrical smart grid, the renewable energy systems, and more The incredible Antarctic environment - including glaciers, rugged mountains, blue ice fields and exotic wildlife Logistics – the arduous yet exciting journey to the Antarctic – using satellites, aircraft, ships, and tractors The Science – the scientific programmes at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, which help us to learn more about our planet, its climate and how it works Daily Life – Working, eating, sleeping and managing energy use in the remote and frozen South Princess Elisabeth Antarctica is an example of how we can deal with climate change – and the actions we can take at a personal and community level to respond to this challenge. Inside the Station coincides with Belgium’s Antarctic Research mission (BELARE 2012-2013), during which some 30 scientists from Belgium and other countries live and work at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica. Need more information? Head over to the Inside the Station website for detailed information on ticketing, guided tours, opening hours and directions : www.insidethestation.be

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      • Princess Elisabeth Antarctica turns five!

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        Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, the first Zero Emission polar research station, was officially inaugurated five years ago, on the 15th of February 2009. In this video, we look back on those five years of scientific research and operations in the extreme environment of Antarctica and look at what lies ahead for the station. We start with the birth of that adventure, the zero emission concept and the unique public / private partnership that made it possible for the station to become an international reference point, both in terms of environmental management and support of polar science. We then have a closer look at the Belgian and international scientific projects taking place at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica and at the logistical and operational support given to them by the International Polar Foundation as the appointed Belgian Antarctic Operator. Finally, we look at what lies ahead for Princess Elisabeth Antarctica in the coming five years and beyond.

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        • Scientists at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Discover 18kg Antarctic Meteorite

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          A team of scientists working at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica has recently discovered a meteorite weighing 18kg embedded in the East Antarctic ice sheet, the largest such meteorite found in the region since 1988. Head over to Princess Elisabeth Antarctica's website for more information : www.antarcticstation.org For any press inquiries, please contact Press officer Dave Wash: press@polarfoundation.org Copyrights: International Polar Foundation - Harry Zekollari

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          • Polar Quest

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            Watch the video of the Polar Quest project, an educational project of the International Polar Foundation. It was conceived as a contest, through which the teacher of the winning class could go to the Princess Elisabeth research station in Antarctica, to learn about the work of scientists and share the knowledge and the experiences with his students.

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            • Royal visit to "Inside the Station" exhibition

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              Princess Elisabeth and Prince Philippe Visit Antarctic Station Exhibition. We were proud to welcome Their Royal Highnesses, Prince Philippe, and his daughter Princess Elisabeth of Belgium to the “Inside the Station” exhibition at Tour & Taxis, Brussels “Inside the Station” features an interactive journey inside the iconic zero emission polar research station, Princess Elisabeth Antarctica. The station was named in honour of Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth on its inauguration in 2009, so the Foundation takes special pride in the Princess’ visit.

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              • Convoy leaving for the coast

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                After a delay of a few days caused by bad weather and a few mechanical glitches to fix, Jean Lennaerts and the ICECON team finally left Princess Elisabeth Antarctica for the coast. It doesn't sound like much when you say it like that but that is quite alot of gear and people leaving for the coast. We filmed the departure of the convoy so you can appreciate the size of the caravan, as well as how it gets lost in the immensity of Antarctica. It is an ever present feeling here: we constantly feel very small and fragile compared to the immensity and harshness of this place, even when driving big Prinoth tractors.

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                • How well can you prepare for the dangers of Antarctica?

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                  Antarctica is a beautiful place, but it can be very dangerous if you’re not careful. Even a minor accident can be serious, because there are no ambulances to come pick you up when you’re out in the field. Expert Swiss field guide Christophe Berclaz explains the importance of taking appropriate safety precautions an undergoing adequate field training to prepare for potential emergencies. Making sure everyone in the team has at least basic understanding of what to do in an emergency makes things much easier in case something happens.

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                  • Video 0.1: Leerkracht Koen Meirlaen naar het Princess Elisabeth-station op Antarctica

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                    Vertrek vanuit Zuid-Afrika met leerkracht Koen Meirlaen naar Antarctica! Hij verbleef van december 2011 tot februari 2012 in het Princess Elisabeth Antarctica-station om er het wetenschappelijk onderzoek op te volgen. Dit filmpje maakt deel uit van het educatieve pakket 'Polar Quest 2010-12', ontwikkeld door de International Polar Foundation. Het werd gemaakt door Olivier Pierre & Pierre Haelterman van 'Have a look productions'.

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                    • Dr. Jan Lenaerts awarded 2014 InBev-Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship

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                      In this video, Dr. Jan Lenaerts based at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) is interviewed after being awarded the 2014 InBev-Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship for his Benemelt project which is expected to provide important insights into how surface melt affects ice shelves. To begin fieldwork on his project, Jan Lenaerts will travel to the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica polar research station in November 2014. He will spend three weeks working on the Roi Baudouin ice shelf. A joint initiative of the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund and the International Polar Foundation, the InBev-Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship promotes scientific excellence in Antarctica and underscores the crucial role polar science plays in furthering our understanding of the Earth and how it functions.

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