Josef Svoboda Research Station

Czech Arctic Research Infrastructure „Josef Svoboda Station“ (CARS)

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Operating expenses of the Czech Arctic Research Infrastructure

Satellite phone numbers for 2018

Nostoc Field Station/Petuniabukta 1 +881 632 574 100

Nostoc Field Station/Petuniabukta 2 +881 632 669 779

Longyearbyen/Clione/Petuniabukta +881 632 578 889

Clione – Iridium GO +881 622 466 149

Clione +881 632 710 164

If you need to send a message to Clione or to the Nostoc Field Station, use the web messaging service at Navisat or Iridium Messaging

Use the name of the person to whom you would like to send the message as message subject.  


Open Access

The Czech Arctic Research Station applies an open access policy to the most of provided services (e.g. use of laboratories, scientific instruments, databases, sample collections). Other equipment such as research ship,  rubber boats for coastal navigation, car or snowmobiles, as well as technical workshop, presentation devices, etc.), are available for all approved national and international users for non-profit prices, covering fuel, amortization etc. Non-profit prices are also charged for accommodation in Julius Payer’s house in Longyearbyen and Nostoc field station in Petuniabukta. Travel costs are covered by the users. In case when the demand/offer rate of the CARS’s capacities is not balanced, the Scientific Board’s Recommendations are intended to address the issues of devoting the CARS’s limited capacity to the top scientific quality research proposals. The CARS is a member of INTERACT infrastructure project under the auspices of SCANNET, a circumarctic network of currently 83 terrestrial field bases in northern Europe, Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland as well as stations in northern alpine areas. INTERACT specifically seeks to build capacity for research and monitoring in the European Arctic and beyond, and is offering access to numerous research stations through the Transnational Access program. The applicants can apply directly via appropriate calls and their proposals are evaluated by the INTERACT inner evaluation system (INTERACT-related users will be preferred during the time of relevant calls, of course). INTERACT committee provides selection of projects according to scientific value and covers at least part of their budget which supports open access.

All ethical and legal questions related to the CARS’s outputs and activities are solved in accordance with respective authorities: the special international legislation (especially the Svalbard treaty), the national legislation, and the host institutions’ regulations, which have their special departments established to deal with such issues. As the hosting institution (public national university) is tied together with the CARS, there is generally no risk of any violation in this way. Concerning the particular issues, such as protection of the intellectual rights to the datasets provided via open-access, the users are allowed to use the data to achieve their own original results, but they are formally prevented (usually by the agreement, letter of understanding, or contractually) from publishing the datasets themselves without permission of the CARS or responsible entitled authors respectively.

Generally, the users are formally (usually by the agreement, letter of understanding, or contractually) bind to state the acknowledgement to the CzechPolar2 RI in all of their relevant outputs, incl. stating the MEYS and its Large Research Infrastructure Operation Programme as the provider of the public support for CARS’s operational costs.


History of CARS 

Czech Arctic Research Infrastructure „Josef Svoboda Station“ was established on base of previous experiences and research results which were performed in different parts of the Arctic and Antarctic in second half of 20th and beginning of 21th centuries. The most important part of this activities was participation in International Polar Year (IPY 2007 – 2008) project „Biological and climate diversity of the central part of the Svalbard Arctic archipelago” sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth of the Czech Republic (MESY) – INGO LA 341 in 2007 to 2010. This project has followed the main stream of the European Union (EU) program in participation of research scientists across Europe in polar science.  This research direction was accepted by the Czech Government in connection with EU agreement, No. 169 where the Czech Republic agreed to unite the national sources for activities related with EUROPOLAR program ( 

Norwegian Polar Research Institute offered to rent one of small field station located in central part of Svalbard for Czech research activities.  On base of countryside reconnaissance the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice (USB) selected north part of Isfjorden - Billefjorden, particularly west coast of Petuniabukta (78°40’ 010’’N, 16°24’240’’) for future research. The USB rented field camp from Russian coal company Arktikugol. With help of this project the USB also installed two containers (one for accommodation and one as service place) on port wharf of Pyramiden town.
On base of these activities MESY supported USB by new project focussed on Czech Arctic Research Infrastructure establishment " CzechPolar - Czech polar stations: Construction and operational expenses - LM2010009 (2010 to 2015). Simultaneously, the Masaryk University obtained support for operation of J. G. Mendel station in James Ross Island, Antarctica. (  During this period the USB organized regular interdisciplinary research and simultaneously university courses of Polar Ecology ware regularly held (in 2012 to 2014 the courses were sponsored by project “Establishing of working team and conditions for education in the field of polar ecology and life in extreme environments”, CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0190. Project was funded by the European Social Fund and from the Government Budget of the Czech Republic. Since 2015 and 2016 the courses are organised with support of Norwegian Funds NF-CZ07-ICP-1-0532014. In 2012 the USB opened a new department Centre for Polar Ecology and, in 2013 this department moved into newly reconstructed and equipped building. In 2012, the Czech Republic was accepted as member of the International Arctic Science Committee (, and since of that time the Czech scientists are working in expert teams of this international society. In 2013, the Czech research station Julius Payer House has been opened in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. In 2015, field camp Nostoc in Petunia Bay has been opened and research boat (Motor Sailor) Clione has been prepared for regular operation in Svalbard vicinity.

In 2015 the project of research infrastructure construction was successfully finished and the Czech Arctic Research Infrastructure “Josef Svoboda Station” was opened for operation. The Infrastructure was named after Czech-Canadian Arctic plant-ecologist, Josef Svoboda, professor emeritus of University of Toronto ( Infrastructure is equipped for interdisciplinary research and university education in main polar science research topics and covers in biological science; microbiology – phycology, botany and plant physiology, zoology and parasitology, and in geographical science; climatology – glaciology, geology – geomorphology and hydrology – limnology. These research topics are performed in study area since 2007 or 2010, respectively. In connection with this research program the MESY will support the Czech research polar activities, the Czech Arctic Research Infrastructure “Josef Svoboda Station and the Czech Antarctic Research Infrastructure J. G. Mendel Station - CzechPolar2, LM2015078 for the following 2016 to 2019.

The Czech Arctic Research Infrastructure “Josef Svoboda Station” in all its parts offers research collaboration for international arctic research in all branches of polar sciences which were mentioned before. Conditions under which the infrastructure can be used is introduced in technical description of infrastructure.