On 8 August 2020, our Scientific Director Konrad Steffen passed away in an accident while on field work in Greenland at Swiss Camp. The SPI lost a generous leader who understood how to get the Swiss polar science community together and work towards the vision and implementation of the Swiss Polar Institute. And we lost a wonderful person and true friend way too early. We will deeply miss Koni, but are committed to continuing his mission towards making a contribution, big or small, to make a difference.

Our thoughts are with his dearest in these very sad and difficult times.

If you wish to share a thought with the family, we invite you to use the online condolences book.

The SPI Secretariat, Board of Directors, and Science and Technology Advisory Board members

See obituary from the Swiss Polar Institute and the Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research.

Konrad Steffen on Disko Island. © fridolinwalcher.ch / Lunax