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  • Science conducted in and around polar and high-altitude regions is critical to understand 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) supports scientists based in Switzerland who work in polar regions and remote high altitude environments.

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FEATURED EVENT

Polar Social Sciences & Humanities: Spotlight on Swiss Research

Date/Time
Date(s) - 18/02/2020
10:00 am - 4:15 pm

Location
Swiss Academy of Human and Social Sciences


Aims of the workshop: Provide a forum for exchange for the Swiss SSH community active in polar regions, create a new dynamic for joint projects or interdisciplinary collaborations, find out about possible unmet needs and potential support

Provisionary Programme 

10:00 – 10:30  Welcome & Coffee

10:30 – 10:55  Introduction by Yvon Csonka and SPI

10:55 – 11:15  Round of introduction

11:15 – 12:15  Prof. Peter Schweitzer, Head of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna and Director of the Austrian Polar Research Institute on “How to Foster Arctic Social Science in a Non-Arctic Country

12:15 – 13:15  Lunch break

13:15 – 15:30  Inputs on current research topics and projects by the Swiss research community and new collaboration avenues

15:30 – 15:45 Word from the FDFA, Grégoire Hauser, towards a Swiss polar policy

15:45 – 16:15  Wrap-up by Yvon Csonka and SPI

16:15 Networking drink

RSVP at secretariat.spi@epfl.ch.

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  • © Parafilms/EPFL, photographer: Noé Sardet

  • © Parafilms/EPFL, photographer: Noé Sardet

  • © Peter Ryan, photographer: Peter Ryan

  • © Parafilms/EPFL, photographer: Noé Sardet

  • © Peter Ryan, photographer: Peter Ryan

WHAT WE DO

Funding

Funding for field access, logistics and technology

Expeditions

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Events

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Outreach

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Health and Safety

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Training

ACCESS TO FIELD AND SUMMER SCHOOLS

Swiss Polar Institute

SPI is funded by a consortium of Swiss universities – EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), ETH Zurich, the University of Bern and the University of Lausanne – and by Editions Paulsen. Officially supported by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the SPI creates synergies and offers services to the Swiss polar community. 

Contact

Swiss Polar Institute ENT-R SPI-GE
GR C2 505
Station 2
1015 Lausanne
Switzerland

Phone:

+41 21 693 76 74
+41 21 693 10 74

Email:

secretariat.spi@epfl.ch

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