The IPY is the world's largest internationally coordinated research effort, gathering no less than 60,000 scientists and support staff from 60 nations. The two-year programme has helped bring knowledge about the poles - and their influence on the rest of the planet - forward and has attracted media attention worldwide.
Celebrations were heightened by the first broadcast ever of "Beyond the Poles", a movie directed and produced by the International Polar Foundation (IPF). A celebration of the 4th IPY, "Beyond the Poles" explores some of the polar research projects carried out across the globe and offers a wider perspective into the future of our planet. The movie was enjoyed by all and continues to be acclaimed to this day.