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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

Follow the Arctic Century Expedition 2021

Organised jointly by the Swiss Polar Institute (SPI), the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI), in Russia and the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) in Germany, the Arctic Century Expedition is a multidisciplinary expedition that will study rarely accessible and remote areas in the Kara and Laptev Sea as well as on Franz Josef Land and Severnaya Zemlya in the western Arctic in August and September 2021.

For more information, read our webpage on Arctic Century Expedition, and consult our blog.

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Swiss Polar Day 2021

Registrations are open for the Swiss Polar Day, the annual networking event for the Swiss polar and high-altitude research community. The edition 2021 will be held on Friday 1 October (full day) at the Palais de Rumine in Lausanne. We invite you to register online.

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WHAT WE DO

Funding

Funding for field access, logistics and technology

Expeditions

Expeditions and Flagship programmes

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