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November 2020

Polar Access Fund – Data management in the field

20th November 2020

Every year, SPI organises events targeting the needs of the early-career grantees of the funding instrument Polar Access Fund. This year, the grantees will join us Friday 20 November 2020, online, for an afternoon dedicated to the data management in the field. All stages of data management will be covered, from preparation for fieldwork to management upon return. If you are not a PAF grantee but still interested in attending the workshop, we invite you to contact the SPI Secretariat. The number…

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February 2021

SPI Flagship Initiatives information event #1

19th February 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

During this 1 hr online information event the SPI will present its new funding instrument, the SPI Flagship Initiatives. Participants will have the opportunity to ask specific questions regarding the programme and the application procedure. SPI Flagship Initiatives will be multi-annual programmes combining science and technology projects from different disciplines and different groups / institutions in Switzerland around a polar focus region. The funding will be focused on field campaigns (logistics, safety, etc.), data management, outreach, and programme coordination, thus…

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SPI Flagship Initiatives information event #2

26th February 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

During this 1 hr online information event the SPI will present its new funding instrument, the SPI Flagship Initiatives. Participants will have the opportunity to ask specific questions regarding the programme and the application procedure. SPI Flagship Initiatives will be multi-annual programmes combining science and technology projects from different disciplines and different groups / institutions in Switzerland around a polar focus region. The funding will be focused on field campaigns (logistics, safety, etc.), data management, outreach, and programme coordination, thus…

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March 2021

Planning your field activities in spite of COVID

3rd March 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The SPI and Prof. Blaise Genton co-organise an event dedicated to the planification of field campaigns and expeditions in times of COVID-19. It will be the occasion to share knowledge about personal experience and learn how to carefully manage health plans for fieldwork. Registration: closed. Considering that places are limited, a priority has been given to people with planned field activities and on a first come, first served basis.

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Polar Social Sciences & Humanities: Spotlight on Swiss Research #3

12th March 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Together with Yvon Csonka, the SPI organises the workshop Polar Social Sciences & Humanities: Spotlight on Swiss Research #3, dedicated to polar social sciences and humanities (SSH) that will be held on Friday 12 March, from 13:30 to 16:45. Here is the agenda of the workshop: 13:30 - 13:45       Word of welcome 13:45 - 14:45       Presentation "Siberian Indigenous Sciences for Understanding Environmental Changes with Western Environmental and Social Sciences" Alexandra Lavrillier, Deputy director of the CEARC…

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May 2021

Century of Antarctic Science celebrated by Australia, UK and Switzerland

25th May 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Online

To celebrate a century of scientific collaboration in Antarctica between Australia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, the SPI invites you to attend a public lecture with eminent scientists that will discuss the progress of Antarctic science over this period, some of the significant achievements, current areas of research focus and future cooperative endeavours: Prof. Dame Jane Francis, Director of British Antarctic Survey, the UK’s national Antarctic program Prof. Thomas Stocker, Professor of climate and environmental physics at the University of…

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New momentum for Swiss polar science

26th May 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online
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*If you have missed the event, you can watch the recording and consult the following Powerpoint presentations: SPI's presentation Prof. Hubertus Fischer's presentation ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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…

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Planning your field activities in spite of COVID – Follow-up

27th May 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Zoom

The SPI and Prof. Blaise Genton held an event dedicated to the planification of field campaigns and expeditions in times of COVID-19 on 3 March 2021. On Thursday 27 May, from 13:30 to 14:00, a follow-up online session will take place allowing participants to ask questions to Prof. Genton in order to better assess the rapidly evolving sanitary situation and plan field work accordingly. Newcomers to the discussion are welcome, but places are limited and given on a first come,…

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September 2021

Workshop: data management in the field

29th September 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Zoom
GPS being used for site recording during Antarctic fieldwork

An online workshop on Wednesday 29 September, organised by APECS Switzerland and the Swiss Polar Institute, will discuss good data management practice and provide tips on how to plan and undertake data management in the field. Topics will include: storing and backing-up data file management recording metadata hand-collected data, automated data collection and sample collection planning data management before the field trip, in the field and what to do upon return. There will also be time for discussion, sharing experiences…

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October 2021

Swiss Polar Day 2021

1st October 2021 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Palais de Rumine, Place de la Riponne 6
Lausanne, 1005 Switzerland
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Afternoon Session: Morning Session: The Swiss Polar Day is the annual networking event for the Swiss polar and high-altitude research community. For the edition 2021, on Friday 1 October, we cordially invite you to a day of presentations, discussions and updates on Swiss polar science. International and Swiss speakers will present current initiatives and fieldwork and ample time will also be allocated for networking and exchange. Programme: 10:00 – 10:30 Registration 10:30 – 10:45 Opening and welcome 10:45 – 11:15…

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November 2021

PolARTS matchmaking event

24th November 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zurich

The SPI and Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, co-organise a matchmaking event in view of participating in the PolARTS call for proposals 2021 (currently open). Polar scientists who are interested in art-science collaboration and/or in search of a tandem partner from the arts community are invited to take part in this networking event that will be held on Wednesday 24 November, at the Amboss Garage in Zurich. Please note that the event will take place from 14:00 to 17:00…

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December 2021

Information & brainstorming event – Konrad Steffen Grant

16th December 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online

The Information & brainstorming event will be held via Zoom on 16 December 2021, 14:00 – 15:00.  During this event, the Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) and the Greenland Research Council (NIS) will explain the concept of the Konrad Steffen Grant and present more concrete potential topics, based on relevant research questions for Greenland. Participants will be asked to brainstorm around these topics in smaller groups, and to suggest additional topics within Natural Hazards if applicable.

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