The Swiss Polar Institute is thrilled to welcome the University of Lausanne (UNIL) as a new member and funder from 1 January 2020. “The widening of the range of institutions engaging in the SPI’s activities shows the increased relevance of scientific work in polar regions for the great challenges of our times” says Prof. Konrad Steffen, the Swiss Polar Institute’s Scientific Director.

The Swiss Polar Institute supports science in polar and remote high-altitude regions with customised funding for logistics and field work as well as by supplying specialised training and services. It acts as a focal point for the Swiss polar community through the organisation of scientific expeditions and dedicated conferences or workshops. The Swiss Polar Institute also supports public outreach activities towards the Swiss public and works in partnerships with cultural organisations in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the regulating mechanisms and impacts of polar regions.

“The University of Lausanne is continuously increasing its focus on climate science and sustainability. We are particularly interested to study the impact of climate on landscape evolution, the cryosphere, and soil and water ecosystems, which is particularly relevant in polar and alpine regions. We are also interested in starting to study the sustainable development of Artic regions.” confirmed Frédéric Herman, Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment. “Joining the SPI as a member and funder will enable UNIL to be part of the growing Swiss Polar research community, while bringing our expertise both in natural and social sciences.” he further added.