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Swiss Polar Day 2019

23rd April 2019

The Swiss Polar Day gathers the Swiss scientific community around international keynote speakers active in the Arctic, Antarctic and high-altitude regions. It will also be the opportunity to debate and give inputs on SPI’s activities and future priorities.

The one-day conference is open to all active or aspiring members of the Swiss academic community interested or experienced in polar regions. Students, young scientists and experienced researchers from all fields are warmly invited to network and contribute to the debate!


9:00 – 9:30          Welcome coffee and registration

9:30 – 10:00        Welcoming words and opening speeches by Prof. Konrad Steffen, Prof. Gabriela Schaepman, Prof. Silvio Decurtins

10:00 – 10:30      GLACE presentation by Prof. Samuel Jaccard, Dr. Claudia Frey, Dr. Magdalene Adamczyk 

10:30 – 11:30        Keynote 1: Searching for the Oldest Ice – Beyond EPICA by Prof. Hubertus Fischer, University of Bern

11:30 – 12:00        Coffee break

12:00 – 13:00       Keynote 2: Plastic is forever… and everywhere, too – a perspective on Polar Oceans by Prof. Stefano Aliani, CNR Institute of Marine Science, Lerici, Italy

13:00 – 13:10        APECS Switzerland 

13:10 – 14:30        Standing lunch

14:30 – 15:00       Presentation of the Swiss Polar science plan by Prof. Konrad Steffen, Prof. Gabriela Schaepman, Prof. Heini Wernli

15:00 – 17:00       Parallel sessions on the following themes:

  • Workshop 1: Cryosphere through time (Room A 003 /plenary), Organisation and moderation by Prof. Hubertus Fischer and Prof. Daniel Farinotti
  • Workshop 2: The carbon, nitrogen, water cycle nexus (Room A 022), organisation and moderation by Prof. Heini Wernli and Prof. Samuel Jaccard
  • Workshop 3: Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (Room A-126), Organisation by Prof. Gabriela Schaepman and Prof. Niklaus Zimmermann
  • Workshop 4: Technology in extreme environments (Room A-122), organisation by Prof. Konrad Steffen and Prof. Fabian Walter

17:00 – 17:30       Closing session by Prof. Konrad Steffen and Danièle Rod

17:30 – 18:00       Networking drink


23rd April 2019
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University of Bern
Schanzeneckstrasse 1
Bern, Switzerland
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