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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

Swiss Polar Class

Swiss Polar Class is a free educational programme made available to teachers, students or anyone interested in discovering polar regions. It has been developed for students from 8 to 12 years old. The programme introduces learners to polar topics, such as ice and snow, polar climate or geography of high latitudes. Discover the original content (available in French and German) adapted to Swiss teaching plans and dive into the polar universe!

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

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. 

More about us

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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