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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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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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Information & brainstorming event – Konrad Steffen Grant

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

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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January 2022

Workshop – Co-production of knowledge

25th January 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This workshop will be dedicated to Polar Access Fund grantees and other early-career researchers about the co-production of knowledge. We will discuss best practices and practical tips for scientists from all disciplines wishing to share and integrate knowledge through their projects.

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March 2022

Annual APECS Switzerland Member Meeting

24th March 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This year's APECS Switzerland Member Meeting takes place during the International Polar Week. We invite you to save the date for Thursday 24 March, 16:00-18:00 CET. There will be presentations from APECS members covering a range of research topics, and discussions/networking activities.

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May 2022

Swiss Social and Human Sciences in the Circumpolar Regions – 4th Annual Colloquium

16th May 2022
Palais de Rumine, Place de la Riponne 6
Lausanne, 1005 Switzerland
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Save the date for this event co-organised by the Swiss Polar Institute and Yvon Csonka, that will take place on 16 May 2022. The colloquium is targeted at Swiss SHS researchers interested in circumpolar regions. Specific focus will be put on opportunities for collaboration and networking. The event will take place in Lausanne, at the Palais de Rumine.

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Launch of the SPI Flagship Initiatives

18th May 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bern Switzerland

The official launch of the SPI Flagship Initiatives and their field campaign will be held on 18 May 2022 at 17:00, in Bern. The official scientific programmes and their expected impacts will be presented at this occasion.

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