In view of the interdisciplinary research initiated by the ROICE teams, as well as the aim of achieving the objectives and the realization of research plans agreed with the Korean partners, the expeditionary scientists in Antarctica of the National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, the Arctic and Antarctic Research Department collaborated with representatives of the following institutions:

  1. Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
  2. Aarhus University, Denmark
  3. Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), Chile
  4. The “Emil Racoviță” Institute of Speleology, Bucharest, Romania
  5. International Centre of Biodynamics, Bucharest, Romania
  1. Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
  2. The Norwegian University of Life Sciences is a hub of expertise within life sciences, environmental sciences and in the area of sustainable development.

    Vision of the NMBU is “Knowledge for life”.

    NMBU’s mission is “to contribute to the well-being of the planet. Their interdisciplinary research and study programmes generate innovations in food, health, environmental protection, climate and sustainable use of natural resources”.

    NMBU hosts four Research Excellence Centres funded by the Norwegian Research Council and one Nordic Centre of Excellence funded by Nordic Council of Ministers.

    Additional data is available at

  3. Aarhus University, Denmark
  4. Aarhus University is one of most important universities in the world that wants to be a global university with involvement in research and education excellence and in the development of society.

    Owing to its size and impressive results as a research-intensive university, Aarhus University has a strong reputation and influence across the entire spectrum of disciplines, locally, nationally and globally.

    Its vision is: “Excellence in research and teaching generates knowledge to the benefit of society”.

    Aarhus University has two Nobel prizes, many other awards and grants, and is on the 65th position in the Shanghai rankings.

    Additional data is available at

  5. Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), Chile
  6. Aware of international responsibility for Antarctica, the Chilean Government created the Chilean Antarctic Institute, as a single state agency responsible for coordinating, planning and implementing the actions related to Antarctica, centralizing and developing in this organism the activities implemented in the Chilean Antarctic Territory.

    Mission –n”Comply with the National Antarctic Policy, encouraging the development of scientific, technological and innovation in Antarctic research, following international canons, effectively participating in the Antarctic Treaty System and international forums, strengthening Punta Arenas as a gateway to the Continent white, performing actions and outreach and assessment of Antarctic knowledge in the national community, and advise the authority on matters Antarctic”.

    Government Strategic Objectives and Institutional Strategic Objectives, as well as all data of interest regarding the Chilean Antarctic Institute can be found at

  7. “Emil Racoviță” Institute of Speleology, Bucharest, Romania
  8. “Emil Racoviță” Institute of Speleology is the first one in the world dealing with caves research and was founded by the great savant Emil Racoviță (1868-1947), biologist, polar explorer and pioneer of the biospeleology.

    Nowadays, organized under the patronage of the Romanian Academy, “Emil Racoviță” Institute of Speleology comprises five departments involved in specific research trends and programmes:

    • Biospeleology and Karst Edaphobiology
    • Geospeleology and Paleontology
    • Karstonomy, Karst Inventory and Protection
    • Hydrogeochemistry
    • Cluj – Napoca Department

    Additional data is available at

  9. International Centre of Biodynamics, Bucharest, Romania
  10. The Centre initiates and coordinates research, technological development, and regional (European) training programs in the field of Biodynamics: for the development and applications of rapid, non-invasive methods to analyze and control biosystems in Biotechnology, Medicine, Food Industry and Ecology.

    The International Centre of Biodynamics pursues the development of the regional collaborative network that brings together researchers from Romania and 15 other European Countries.

    ICB realises the researches through:

    • Characterization techniques for cellular systems, with emphasis on noninvasive, real-time monitoring;
    • Biomass monitoring;
    • Detection of contaminants (microbes & toxins);
    • Nonlinear Analysis of living systems;
    • Biomedical applications – hematological assays, pre-clinical drug screening, monitoring of tissues, organs, and cell suspensions (including ischemic processes);
    • Monitoring the effects of external agents on the evolution of cellular systems (drugs, toxic compounds, EM radiation etc.).

    Additional data is available at