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February 2019

GlobalArctic workshop

19th February 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
EPFL campus Lausanne, Switzerland + Google Map

Workshop presenting the GlobalArctic programme and associated training opportunities to interested researchers.

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June 2019

Scienziati alpini fra i ghiacci polari – Svizzera e Italia protagoniste nella ricerca polare

5th June 2019
Swiss Embassy, Ambasciata di Svizzera Via Barnaba Oriani 61
Rome, Italy
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Event at the Swiss Embassy in Rome about polar and high alpine research synergies with the participation of Carmine Bustelli, Minister for the Arctic, Leonardo Langone, Director of the Italian Polar Institute, and Stefano Aliani, researcher and ACE participant.

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July 2019

Too close for comfort? Embedded science journalism in extreme environments

3rd July 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL
Lausanne, Switzerland
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Poles, oceans, pandemics: Science reporters are inevitably attracted by extreme environments. But reporting under such circumstances involves special relationships and risks between scientists, physicians, agencies, and journalists. Working in places that are dangerous or difficult to access often means science reporters must depend on sources for travel, accommodation, food, and security. Meanwhile, when they’re close to their sources 24-7, journalists will inevitably learn much more about the science and the way it is done – including mistakes made and problems…

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February 2020

Night Polaire

13th February 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Musée de la Main, Rue du Bugnon 21
Lausanne, Switzerland
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The Musée de la Main organises a special event on polar regions with inputs on different topics such as the role of polar regions on the global climate, the growing fascination with these regions attracting more and more adventure seeking travellers or northern lights. Contributions from Samuel Jaccard, Professor of paleo-oceanography and marine biogeochemistry, and Danièle Rod, SPI Executive Director.

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November 2020

NACS Meeting

23rd November 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

After successful meetings in St-Gallen, Zurich and Neuchâtel, the Network Arctic Collections Switzerland (NACS) invites all interested institutions and persons to this year’s event. The NACS meeting will take place on Monday 23 November 2020 and online, due to the sanitary situation. The meeting offers insights into the history of Arctic collections in various Swiss museums and reflections on different Arctic topics (see programme below). As always, there will be opportunities for interdisciplinary exchanges between participating institutions and individuals. You…

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February 2021

One year in the Arctic – MOSAiC polar expedition

11th February 2021 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

As part of the seminar series Science after Noon: The MOSAiC expedition took place in 2019-2020 with the goal of gaining fundamental knowledge for a better understanding of global climate change. Speakers: Prof. Thomas Frölicher Head of the Ocean Modeling Group, Department of Climate and Environmental Physics, Physics Institute, University of Bern and lead author of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate Prof. Gabriela Schaepman-Strub Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Sciences, University…

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March 2021

APECS Switzerland Event

19th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

During the International Polar Week, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) Switzerland organises a virtual meeting for early-career researchers active in polar and high-altitude research. The programme consists of presentations from members about their research and discussions in small groups about potential activities. The meeting will be followed by an online apéro. You can consult the agenda or visit the webpage of the event to register.

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October 2021

The Arctic in a Changing Climate: First results of the Russian-Swiss-German expedition “Arctic Century”

20th October 2021 @ 3:00 pm

Welcoming words  Ambassador of Switzerland to Russia, Krystyna Marty Lang Ambassador of Germany to Russia, Géza Andreas von Geyr Prof. Dr. Aleksandr Makarov, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute St. Petersburg (AARI), tbc Speakers Dr. Heidemarie Kassens, Chairman Marine Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel Prof. Dr. Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, University of Zurich & Scientific Director, Swiss Polar Institute Mikhail Makhotin, Researcher, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute St. Petersburg (AARI) Moderator Yulia…

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November 2021

Contributing to climate science through research in polar and high-altitude regions: the early-career researchers’ point of view

11th November 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

On the occasion of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), the Geneva Cryosphere Hub will host a series of sessions on the research carried out in Swiss research institutions on the cryosphere, the frozen environment of our planet, and facilitate a dialogue between science, society and policy. SPI organises the session "Contributing to climate science through research in polar and high-altitude regions: the early-career researchers’ point of view" on 11 November, from 13:00 to 14:00. A…

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Prix de Quervain 2021

18th November 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Swiss Alpine Museum, Helvetiaplatz 4
Bern, 3005 Switzerland
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The award for the Prix de Quervain 2021 will be given on 18 November at the Alpine Museum in Bern. The prize will be awarded jointly by the "Swiss Commission for Polar and High Altitude Research" of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences (A+), the "Swiss Commission for the Jungfraujoch High-Alpine Research Station" of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the Foundation for "Alpine Research Switzerland". Registration: Email to by 10 November. Details can be found on this…

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December 2021

Art x Science Dialogues – Polar Science and Art

7th December 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

The Art x Science Dialogues is a webinar series initiated by Swissnex in China in 2020. The webinar series is dedicated to the dialogues between artists and scientists, and tries to stimulate the exchange of ideas between the two different worlds and explore opportunities for collaboration. In this edition Seraina Rohrer, Gabriela Schaepman-Strub and Barbara Schibli discuss PolARTS. PolARTS is a programme launched in 2020 as a joint initiative of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Polar Institute.…

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