Arctic and Antarctic Research


Antarctica (ROICE 2020)

The fourth Romanian Scientific Research Expedition in Antarctica (ROICE 2020), organized by the National Institute for Research and Development of Biological Sciences (INCDSB) started today, January 02, 2020, by the team departure to Antarctica.

The ROICE 2020 expedition takes place from January 2 to February 04, 2020, at the King Sejong Antarctic Station of the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) on King George Island in Western Antarctica and is based on the Framework Agreement between INCDSB and KOPRI.

ROICE 2020
ROICE 2020 team on departure from “Henri Coandă” International Airport, Bucharest, Romania

Scientific objectives:

The ROICE 2020 objectives are in the fields of Life Sciences and Geosciences (paleoclimatology) covered by the National Antarctic Research Program 2014 – 2020 and the SCAR Program and have been approved by the Korean partners.
These objectives are:
1. Investigating the water quality of the Antarctic Ocean, aiming at identifying potential polluting compounds (eg plastic degradation compounds, oil residues, and so on.);
2. The chemical characterization of snow / ice with the purpose of establishing correlations between it and the structure of the communities of microorganisms;
3. Investigating microbial diversity as a potential indicator of the air transfer of microorganisms;
4. Isolation and characterization of microorganisms adapted to extreme temperatures from snow, ice, seawater with the purpose of isolating strains with potential bionanotechnological applications;
5. Assessment of the impact of climate change and more precisely the withdrawal of the Antarctic ice sheet on the microbial communities included in the ice.
In addition, the impact of extreme conditions (cold, stress, depth) on the human body and on the behavior of the members of the expedition will be monitored.

ROICE 2020 sponsors are:

ROICE 2019 – The Romanian Scientific Expedition in Antarctica

On March 15, 10:30 am, it has been organized at the National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences (INCDSB) a media event regarding the successful ending of “ROICE 2019 – The Romanian Scientific Expedition in Antarctica”.

ROICE 2019 is the third ROICE expediton – at King Sejong Station, the Korean National Institute of Polar Research (KOPRI) station from King George Island, Barton Penninsula in west Antarctica. The expedition was held between 17 January – 15 February 2019 on the basis of the agreement between INCDSB and KOPRI, for a period of five years (2015 – 2020).

The event was attended by the State Secretary Prof. Lucian Puiu Georgescu, from the Ministry of Research and Innovation, from the Ministry of Environment, Counselor Nela Miauta, CEP Contact Point on Romania, on behalf of the Romanian Academy, the National Commission for Antarctic Research CNCA), Mr. Acad. Dumitru Murariu, Mr. Acad. Nicolae Panin and Mrs. dr. Cristina Purcărea, Scientific Secretary.

The opening of the event was made by the INCDSB General Director, Manuela Elisabeta Sidoroff, Vice President of CNCA, that presented ROICE expedition members, (dr. Cristian Coman – scientific leader of the expedition, dr. Corina Itcus and dr. Iris Maria Tusa – expedition members), the scientific results of the team as well as the vision that Romania, through INCDSB, to continue to involve into the domain of Antarctic research. There were presentations about the current researches and future research plans of the expedition team, about how the activities are organized at KOPRI center from King George Island.

Short movies with the field and laboratory activities from Antarctica were projected, and there were held discussions on the topic of the event.

The CNCA members made references on the necessity of finding solutions to open up the possibility of participation of researchers from several research areas in the Antarctic area.


At the end of the event, Mr. Secretary of State Prof. Lucian Puiu Georgescu congratulated the ROICE 2019 researchers and offered them on the behalf of Ministry of Research and Innovation, diplomas of excellence.

Press Office of INDCSB / 15.03.2019

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