The two organisations have agreed to extend for another three years their collaboration on the co-funded Polar Access Fund, launched in 2018. The fund enables early career researchers to undertake a first fieldtrip to polar or remote high-altitude regions and thus gain critical experience on how to run a project and conduct fieldwork in these extreme environments. In the past 3 years, the Polar Access Fund has enabled 18 young scientists to work in polar regions and remote high-altitude environments.
” We are delighted that we are able to continue our collaboration with the BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation on the Polar Access Fund. The programme, which was launched in 2018, was one of the first initiatives of the recently founded Swiss Polar Institute and it is particularly close to our hearts.  Since then, it has demonstrated the growing interest shown by a new generation of Swiss researchers in polar regions and high-altitude environments – regions that play a key role in regulating the global climate. The decision to invest in young researchers just starting out on their career has proven to be a winning play. ” says Danièle Rod, Executive Director of SPI.