Named after the Swiss Arctic researcher Alfred de Quervain (1879-1927), this prize honours young scientists for outstanding MA, PhD or Postdoc works. The Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research awards the prize together with the Swiss Commission of the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch and the Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research.

This year’s Prix de Quervain was awarded to Marin Kneib for his PhD Contribution of ice cliffs to the melt of debris-covered glaciers in High Mountain Asia at ETH Zurich / WSL. Many glaciers in the Himalayas are completely covered with debris, but their surface is regularly interspersed with large ice cliffs that rise into the air. Marin Kneib’s work sets new standards in understanding how ice cliffs accelerate the mass loss of glaciers. The laureate is also a former Polar Access Fund beneficiary for his project Historical Archives to monitor long-Term evolution of HImalayan debris-covered glaciers (HATHI).

The Prix de Quervain will be awarded on 30 November 2023, during a symposium that includes a guest lecture by Matthias Huss (ETH Zurich / GLAMOS).

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