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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.

NEWS

The Polar Access Fund call for proposals open

The Polar Access Fund supports Early career researchers to develop and carry out their own field campaign. PhD students and early post-doctoral researchers (up to 3 years after PhD) can apply for funding up to 20’000 CHF. The research conducted during the field trip must be inserted into an existing overarching project (e.g. to enlarge its scope or for comparisons) and be related to climate change.

Deadline for applications: 18 January 2023, 12:00 Swiss time

More information on the dedicated webpage

© Anne Sofie Søndegard, all rights reserved
© Anne Sofie Søndegard, all rights reserved

Science and sailing to collect environmental data during the Vendée Globe race

Oliver Heer Ocean Racing and the Swiss Polar Institute announce the start of a three-year collaboration to place world-leading Swiss science on Oliver Heer’s racing sailing yacht IMOCA – Gitana 80 and carry out a data collection campaign during both the training and racing phases of the Vendée Globe challenge between 2023 and 2025.

Visit the dedicated webpage and read the press release.

© Oliver Heer, all rights reserved
© Oliver Heer, all rights reserved

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.

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WHAT WE DO

Funding

Funding for field access, logistics and technology

Expeditions

Expeditions organised by the SPI

Events

Information events, scientific workshops and conferences

Outreach

swiss polar class educational programme

Health and Safety

Courses and support measures for fieldwork

Training

ACCESS TO FIELD AND SUMMER SCHOOLS