In order to improve the conditions and impact for the Swiss science community, SPI actively participates in relevant organisations at the international level.
SPI represents Switzerland in the Forum of Arctic Research Operators (FARO) and acts as observer in the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP). SPI also engages at the bilateral level with European and global counterparts in order to increase the opportunities and support collaboration by Swiss scientists.
The SPI is a partner in the EU-PolarNet 2, a network of European polar research institutions, to foster joint collaborations and initiatives. In coordination with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and other Swiss actors, SPI also participates in relevant international conferences and fora with a specific focus on polar research.
The SPI also engages at the bilateral level with European and global counterparts in order to increase opportunities for and support collaboration by Swiss scientists. Current active examples of such bilateral collaboration notably include:
- Australia: Statement of Commitment between SPI and the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD)
- Canada: Collaboration with Parks Canada
- Canada: Collaboration with the Centre for Northern Studies
In order to provide the Swiss polar scientific community with information and access to good data management practice, SPI represents Switzerland on the Standing Committee of Antarctic Data Management (SCADM). Furthermore, SPI engages in the wider polar and global data communities through the working group on Polar Data Discovery Enhancement Research (POLDER) as well as international conferences.
SPI provides data curation and support for data publication, encouraging open access data from SPI-led expeditions. Thanks to an ongoing collaboration with EMODnet Physics, these data are easily findable by a wide audience.