Researchers from Brno’s Masaryk Universitry set out on Thursday on a two-month expedition to the Johann Gregor Mendel Polar Station on Antarctia’s James Ross Island. A university spokeswoman said the 11-member team included climatologists, geologists and ornithologists. The experts are bringing new equipment to the station which should allow for international scientists to take part in future research there. The expedition should reach its destination by January 5. The university-run station opened in 2006 and was named after the Moravian botanist Johann Gregor Mendel.