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Swiss Polar Day 2023

15th September 2023

Swiss Polar Day 2023 took place on 15 September in Sion.

This event is the annual gathering of the Swiss polar science community and includes national and international keynotes, networking opportunities and updates on recent developments in polar research.




10:00-10:30 Registration & welcome coffee

10:30-10:50 Opening and welcome by Vincent Hiroz, Operational Director EPFL Valais Wallis, Hubertus Fischer & Björn Dahlback, STAB SPI

10:50-11:20 Keynote 1
Team work at world’s end: What makes an effective polar team? by Jan Schmutz, University of Zurich

11:20-12:00 Open Forum part 1

12:00-13:00 Official address by Christophe Darbellay, State Councillor, Department of Economy and Education, Canton of Valais and Matthias Gäumann, Vice President for Operations, EPFL
followed by presentations and visits of Alpole labs

13:00-14:15 Lunch

14:15-14:55 International collaboration opportunities
Collaboration opportunities with NIPR in the Arctic and Antarctic
Hiroyuki Enomoto, National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo (Japan)

Collaboration opportunities with INQ in Canada’s North
Jean-Éric Tremblay, Institut Nordique du Québec, Canada

14:55-15:20 SPI News

15:20-15:50 Keynote 2
How snow on sea ice controls Earth’s energy budget by Ružica Dadić, WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF

15:50-16:05 Update by SPI Flagship Initiatives GreenFjord & PAMIR

16:05-16:45 Open Forum part 2

16:45-16:50 Conclusion and thank you

16:50-18:30 Networking drink

The videos are available on our YouTube channel.

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to this event!



15th September 2023
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Route des Ronquos 86
Sion, Valais 1950 Switzerland
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