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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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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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May 2021

Century of Antarctic Science celebrated by Australia, UK and Switzerland

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

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
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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

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
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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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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PolARTS matchmaking event

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

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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