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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.



Tips for planning a successful research campaign

7 May 2024 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm @ ETH Zurich

From administrative hurdles to equipment failure and changing weather conditions, fieldwork can become a tumultuous experience hindering scientific research. In this event, speakers from diverse backgrounds will share their experience and perspectives on planning a successful field campaign. This event is specifically designed for early-career researchers to learn more about the various challenges of fieldwork, and most importantly, how to navigate around them.

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Rencontres au pôle Nord

23 May 2024 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm @ Ferme-Asile, Sion

In collaboration with the Swiss Polar Institute, Ferme-Asile organises a guided tour of the GRAND NORD exhibition in the company of a scientist and an artist for a polyphonic exchange as they comment on the exhibited artworks and put their perspectives in dialogue.

The tour will be in French only.

The exhibition GRAND NORD unites works by 27 artists, created or designed during artist residencies on sailboats in the Arctic region. Initiated by artist and curator Alexia Turlin, this exhibition is an opportunity to observe how these floating residencies give rise to new ideas and creative processes. Collective and highly personal, these inner journeys are also spatial explorations.

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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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© Evan Miles, 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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