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Formed in 1958, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an interdisciplinary body of the International Council for Science (ICSU), and currently includes 43 member countries and 9 ICSU unions. SCAR strives to include new members, as countries not yet engaged develop an increasing interest in Antarctic science.

To learn more about our Country and Union members, visit our membership list.

2017 scar membership map Map of SCAR member countries in 2017

– Full Members are in dark blue, Associate Members in lighter blue.

Union members in 2017 are International Astronomical Union (IAU), International Geographical Union (IGU), International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA), International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS), International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and Union Radio Scientifique International (URSI).

 

List of Member Countries by date of joining

Member Associate Membership Full Membership
Argentina   3 February 1958
Australia   3 February 1958
Belgium   3 February 1958
Chile   3 February 1958
France   3 February 1958
Japan   3 February 1958
New Zealand   3 February 1958
Norway   3 February 1958
Russia (assumed representation of USSR)   3 February 1958
South Africa   3 February 1958
United Kingdom   3 February 1958
United States of America   3 February 1958
Germany (formerly DDR and BRD individually)   22 May 1978
Poland   22 May 1978
India   1 October 1984
Brazil   1 October 1984
China   23 June 1986
Sweden 24 March 1987 12 September 1988
Italy 19 May 1987 12 September 1988
Uruguay 29 July 1987 12 September 1988
Spain 15 January 1987 23 July 1990
Netherlands 20 May 1987 23 July 1990
Korea, Republic of 18 December 1987 23 July 1990
Finland 1 July 1988 23 July 1990
Ecuador 12 September 1988 15 June 1992
Canada 5 September 1994 27 July 1998
Peru 14 April 1987 22 July 2004
Switzerland 16 June 1987 4 October 2004
Pakistan 15 June 1992  
Ukraine 5 September 1994
1 January 2017
17 July 2006 - 31 December 2016
Bulgaria 5 March 1995 17 July 2006
Malaysia 4 October 2004 14 July 2008
Denmark 17 July 2006  
Portugal 17 July 2006  
Romania 14 July 2008  
Monaco 9 August 2010  
Venezuela 23 July 2012  
Czech Republic 1 September 2014  
Iran 1 September 2014  
Austria 29 August 2016  
Colombia 2 July 1990 - 3 July 1995
29 August 2016
 
Thailand 29 August 2016  
Turkey 29 August 2016  

Estonia was an Associate Member of SCAR from 15 June 1992 to 22 August 2001

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