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New Scientific Director

The SPI team welcomes a new Scientific Director, Gabriela Schaepman-Strub. Prof. Schaepman-Strub is an associate professor of Earth System Science at the University of Zurich and is specialised in Arctic biodiversity and ecosystem functions, applying experiments, modelling, and remote sensing.  She has acted as a representative of Switzerland in many […]

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New momentum for Swiss polar science

From 2021, the Swiss Polar Institute enjoys a new national status and launched a call for the first series of Swiss polar programmes. These steps will significantly increase the opportunities and impact of Swiss polar science in the coming years. To highlight the enhancement of its portfolio, the SPI invites […]

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Meet a polar scientist

*Français ci-dessous* Swiss Polar Class: «Frag den Polarforscher!» Warum reisen jedes Jahr so viele Forscher in die eisig kalten Regionen der Welt? Und was machen Polarforscher eigentlich den ganzen Tag? Eine Polarforscherin erzählt euch online per Zoom mehr darüber und beantwortet die Fragen eurer Schülerinnen und Schüler. Wann?Donnerstag, 27. Mai […]

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SPI has a new address

From 1 April 2021, the Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) will change its addresses. The SPI team can be reached at their new email addresses. We also remain reachable through our new postal address: Swiss Polar InstituteRue de l’Industrie 171950 Sion Header photograph: © Parafilms/EPFL. Photographer: Florian Brucker (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

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Prix de Quervain 2021

The Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research (SKPH), the Swiss Commission for the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch (SKJFJ) and the Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research are publishing the 2021 call for the Prix de Quervain. The objective of this competition is the promotion of students and early-career […]

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Call announcement: SPI Flagship Initiatives

The SPI Flagship Initiative programme, enabling ambitious Swiss-led multi-annual and multi-disciplinary research programmes in polar or remote high-altitude regions, has just been launched. The funding will be focused on field campaigns (logistics, safety, etc.), data management, outreach, and programme coordination, thus providing temporary infrastructure for a Swiss-led polar research programme. The SPI Flagship […]

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SPI involved in EU-PolarNet 2

Following its participation in EU-PolarNet, the Swiss Polar Institute is now a partner of the EU-PolarNet 2 consortium, funded by Horizon 2020. Through EU-PolarNet 2, SPI will contribute to the mapping of existing strengths and capabilities in European polar research, help identify short and long-term polar science needs, shape future […]

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Swiss Polar Institute gains new national status

Founded in 2015 with the aim of supporting the research community, the Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) has now been selected as a “Research institution of national importance” for the period 2021-2024. This new status and additional funding by the Swiss Confederation will raise SPI to a new level to support […]

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Survey about Swiss-French polar science collaboration

The Swiss Polar Institute, in collaboration with the French Polar Institute (IPEV), is circulating a questionnaire to help foster Franco-Swiss polar collaborations. We invite Swiss polar researchers to fill out this questionnaire and let us know how SPI-IPEV could support such collaborations or access by Swiss groups to French infrastructure/locations […]

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Data management in the field

SPI recognises that undertaking field work in remote, high-altitude and polar regions requires careful and thorough planning. In order to make this step easier, we have compiled a field guide to data management which gives an introduction to good data management, as well as helpful tips for planning and undertaking […]

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