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  • Science conducted in and around polar and high-altitude regions is critical to understanding the evolution of the Earth’s climate.
  • Due to the complex logistics, challenging access and difficult safety conditions in these extreme environments, the Swiss polar community requires specific competencies and dedicated support.
  • The Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) offers tailored support to scientists based in Switzerland who work in polar regions and remote high-altitude environments.



Tara Polar Station © Fondation Tara OCÉAN, Olivier Petit

Workshop on opportunities with the Tara OCÉAN Foundation and the Tara Polar Station

26 February 2024, 2:00-6:00 pm (Swiss time) / ALPOLE, Sion & Online

The SPI and the Fondation TARA OCÉAN meet to discuss collaboration opportunities and sign a memorandum of understanding. If you are interested in taking part in the workshop, please register via the link below.

Workshop on collaborative research between AWI and SPI

1 March 2024, 2:00-5:00 pm (Swiss time) / Online

In the context of their recently signed MoU, the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and the Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) are organising an online workshop event that intends to built on existing synergies and foster new collaboration between AWI and Swiss-based scientists working in both Antarctic and Arctic regions.

All scientists with an interest in polar regions are invited to participate in the event and we particularly invite ECR and researchers with no existing collaborations with AWI-based researchers.

Explore all SPI funded projects

Every year the Swiss Polar Institute awards competitive grants to scientific projects in the Arctic, Antarctic and remote high-altitude regions. This section offers an overview of the scientific projects supported by the Swiss Polar Institute in polar and high-altitude regions.




Funding for field access, logistics and technology


International Collaboration and Agreements


Information events, scientific workshops and conferences


swiss polar class educational programme


Expeditions organised by the SPI


Courses and support measures for fieldwork



Featured Images

Polar Access Fund: Artificial ice reservoir (ice stupa) built to enhance water management in Ladakh
© Suryanarayanan Balasubramanian, all rights reserved
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Polar Access Found: iceberg fill the Narsarsuaq fjord in Greenland.
© Hanna Rosinger, all rights reserved
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SPI Exploratory Grant: Fieldwork on vegetation patterns above Zackenberg Research Station in Greenland
© Christophe Randin, all rights reserved
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Calving iceberg on Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, summer 2023. The scale is hard to capture, but this iceberg is rising up more than twice the height of the calving front which is approximately 130-150 meters high.
© Janneke van, all rights reserved
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A Polar Access Fund grantee is recovering GPS data in order to monitor a landslide near the Portage glacier (Alaska).
© Raphael Moser, all rights reserved
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SPI Technogrant: Prototype for a low-cost and robust electrical resistivity tomography monitoring system for remote permafrost environments
© Christian Hauck, all rights reserved
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Polar Access Fund: Challenging access to fieldwork site on a debris-covered glacier in the Garhwal mountain range in northern India
© Marin Kneib, all rights reserved
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Field & Summer School: International Geochronology Summer School, Switzerland
© Giovanna Ceppi, all rights reserved
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