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New momentum for Swiss polar science

26th May 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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*If you have missed the event, you can watch the recording and consult the following Powerpoint presentations:


In 2015, the Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) was created as a dedicated service and logistics provider for the Swiss polar and remote high-altitude science community. From 2021, the SPI 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 at the “three poles” in the coming years.

The online event will feature a brief presentation of SPI’s enhanced portfolio, an overview of Switzerland’s scientific footprint in high latitudes and altitudes and new opportunities for international collaboration.

The event was held online on Wednesday 26 May 2021 from 17:00-18:00 CEST (UTC+2).


17:00 – 17:05        Words of welcome

By Danièle Rod & Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Swiss Polar Institute

17:05 – 17:20         Presentation of the Swiss Polar Institute

By Danièle Rod & Gabriela Schaepman-Strub

17:20 – 17:25         Remarks from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)

By Maria Peyro-Voeffray, Head of Bilateral Relations and Head a.i. of International Relations

17:25 – 17:30        Swiss Polar Perspectives

By Amb. Stefan Estermann, Arctic Ambassador, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)

17:30 – 17:50        Swiss polar science in a nutshell

By Hubertus Fischer, president of the Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research (SKHP)

17:50 – 18:00        Questions and open discussion


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26th May 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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