Tag Archives: training

Ready for winter

Autumn is in the air in the Northern Hemisphere while Antarctica's winter is wrapping up. In this blog entry, ESA-sponsored medical doctor Dr. Carmen Possnig explains how the Concordia research station prepares to survive the winter

What to expect when you’re expecting 12 months in...

Dr. Carole Dangoisse is this year’s ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. She is facilitating a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the...

In Greenland. Credits: Paul Cosgrove

Flight of the Concordians

Introducing ESA-sponsored medical doctor Beth Healey who is now at Concordia station. Her first blog entry describes the training before the start of her Antarctic adventure: Introduction: I was working for Tangent Expeditions, at 70°44’35”N in North...

Enter the Brave

Next stop in my autumn sojourns was Brest, or to be precise, a place close-by called Plouzane. The headquarters of the French Polar Institute “Paul-Emile Victor” (IPEV) are located here and our training for the upcoming experience was about to begin. It was in Brest that I first met my winter comrades, or at least ‘the French connection’: Olivier, Cecile, Pierre, and Julien. Xavier and Bruno would join us later. We spent a week in small summer bungalows which was a fun experience. We were not alone, in fact every French polar explorer that would journey to the Arctic, Antarctic, or Subantarctic in the coming months was there! We dined every night...