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Swiss Polar Day 2024

12th September 2024

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.

The Swiss Polar Day 2024 will be held in Fribourg. The event will be catered and will allow ample time for networking during the coffee and lunch breaks, as well as during the drink closing the day. You will find the detailed programme below.

The registration is now open:

The deadline for the Open Forum registration is extended to 31 July. Please note that the Open Forum registration is not final and that you will be informed by email of your participation at a later date. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to your proposal.


09:30–10:00 Registration & welcome coffee

10:0010:20 Opening & welcome
by Katharina Fromm, Rector of University of Fribourg with SPI representatives

10:2011:05 Keynote
Frozen memories of past eruptions reveal the global risks of future ones
by Michael Sigl, University of Bern

11:0511:20 Presentation by APECS Switzerland

11:2012:20 Open Forum

12:20–13:50 Lunch & networking

13:5014:40 Open Forum continued

14:4014:50 SPI News regarding services, sustainability, and open calls among others

14:5015:15 International collaborations
Antarctica InSync: Taking the pulse of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica
by Alexander Haumann, AWI

15:15–15:45 Coffee break

15:4516:30 Keynote on cryosphere and remote sensing
by Anna Maria Trofaier, European Space Agency

16:3016:40 Acquiring satellite data for research
by Claudia Röösli, Swiss National Point of Contact for satellite images, University of Zurich

16:4017:25 Keynote
Extreme sailing and climate research during the Vendée Globe race
by Oliver Heer, Oliver Heer Ocean Racing, Thomas Frölicher, University of Bern, Samuel Jaccard, University of Lausanne

17:2517:30 Conclusion & thank you by SPI

17:30–19:00 Networking drink

We look forward to seeing you there!


12th September 2024
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University of Fribourg
Bd de Pérolles 90
Fribourg, 1700 Switzerland
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