News Archive 2017

Save the date for the Swiss Polar Day 2018!

Where: à ETHZ Hauptgebaüde D1.1

When: à 4 April 2018

The Swiss Polar Day 2018 will gather the Swiss scientific community around international keynote speakers active in the Arctic, Antarctic and high-altitude regions. Following the Swiss Polar Institute’s Call for Ideas, the Swiss Polar Day will also be the opportunity to debate and give inputs into the preparation of a roadmap on SPI’s future priorities.

The one-day conference is free of charge and open to all active or aspiring members of the Swiss academic community interested or experienced in polar regions. Students, young scientists and experienced researchers from all fields are warmly invited to network and contribute to the debate!

Detailed information on the programme, keynote speakers and more will follow soon!

To check for the latest updates, click here!

Add a polar dimension to your research with the Polar Access Fund!

The Swiss Polar Institute will launch in January the Polar Access Fund, a funding instrument with the goal of enabling early career scientists (doctoral students or early post-doc) to undertake field trips in Polar Regions. These field trips must be inserted into an existing research project affiliated to a Swiss research institution. The grant of max. 20’000 CHF will fund logistics and travel costs and allow to enlarge the scope of the project or open new comparative perspectives.

The call for proposals will be open to all disciplines interested in working in Polar Regions. Interdisciplinary initiatives as well as initiatives from, e.g., Social Sciences, Humanities and Economics, are particularly encouraged. However, all projects should be related to climate change issues.

The upcoming call will be opened on 8 January 2018 and all documents and forms will be available on the SPI website. Deadline for application will be 1 March 2018.

The Polar Access Fund is an instrument co-funded by the Swiss Polar Institute and the BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation. It is expected that 5 to 6 field trips can be funded each year. For more information, click here.

Apply for Sentinel North International PhD School and get sponsorship from SPI

The Swiss Polar Institute will support up to three Swiss early career scientists to cover the registration and travel costs.

The call for applications for the International PhD School under the leadership of Sentinel North of Université Laval, the Canadian transdisciplinary research program dealing with the changing North, is open until 28 January 2018.

This year’s edition will take place on board the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen from 12 to 24 July 2018 under the motto Shedding Light on Arctic Marine Ecosystem Services.

Participants will experience an exceptional transdisciplinary training in close interaction with top scientists and in a highly technological environment.

Bringing together a wide range of disciplines, the school will focus on the following themes:

  • The fundamental role of light in marine ecosystems;
  • The potential of light for the study of the changing Arctic;
  • Light-driven processes and Arctic marine ecosystem services.

Please apply directly via the website of the organiser. For any questions, please contact the SPI Secretariat: secretariat.spi@epfl.ch.

ACE immortalised in a book!

Are you still looking for gifts for the festive season or do you need some good reading material for cold winter days? Around Antarctica, Journal of a scientific Epedition, the logbook of the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition, also available in French, has just been released. Published by Éditions Paulsen, the book relates the epic journey of the Russian icebreaker Akademik Treshnikov around Antarctica from Cape Town to Cape Town and familiarises the reader with the different scientific projects onboard. Embellished with colourful, impressive and powerful images, the book will take you to some of Earth’s most remote and isolated places and introduce you into the fascinating and exciting world of polar science: Wilderness, science and adventure right at your fingertips!

To order the book from the editor, click here.

The French version is available in Swiss bookshops such as Payot.

Quervain Prize Award Ceremony

On 23 November, the Swiss Alpine Museum in Berne will host the annual Award Ceremony for the Quervain Prize, which rewards young high altitude and polar researchers. The Quervain Prize is awarded by the Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research and other Swiss research actors of the same fields. For more information on the symposium and to register, click here.

Celebrate Antarctica Day!

Since 2010, 1 December is dedicated to the commemoration of the signature of the Antarctic Treaty, which was adopted the same day in 1959. Antarctica Day was initiated by Our Space, Foundation for the good governance of international spaces in order to celebrate this historically unprecedented event achieved under the banner of science, peace and international cooperation. Indeed, the Treaty declares Antarctica as a scientific preserve, grants scientific freedom and bans military activities on the continent. Initially signed by 12 countries, the treaty now has 53 parties, including the main scientific players in the region and most of the G20 countries.

Antarctica Day is thus a good opportunity to reflect on the challenges of climate change in Antarctica and the rest of the World. The Swiss Polar Institute encourages research actors and other stakeholders involved in the region to mobilise and to make their voices heard. It is time to reach out to a larger audience!

Consequently, we invite you to celebrate Antarctica and the role of science in enabling a peaceful international cooperation. If you are looking for pedagogic material (available in German, French, Italian, English and much more) on the topic, just follow this link.

Thank you and happy Antarctica Day!

The SPI Call for Ideas is open!

In order to define its future priorities and activities, the Swiss Polar Institute is asking for inputs and ideas from the Swiss Polar Community. Please contribute and make sure your ideas are submitted! The deadline for submission is Friday 12 January 2018. For more information on the call, please click here and to submit your idea, here.

Horizon 2020: Calls for Polar research projects opening soon!

The work programmes for the period 2018 to 2020 of Horizon 2020 – Europe’s largest research funding programme – have been released. The different papers, defining funding opportunities by theme, reveal where the priorities will be. We are glad to note that polar research has not been left out.

The work programme on Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials seems particularly promising for polar scientists. Climatologists, glaciologists, oceanographers or biologists doing science in high latitudes might want to take a closer look at the document, climate and the changing cryosphere being two of the hot topics.

However, natural scientists are not the only ones to be targeted by the calls for proposals. Engineering new technologies for Arctic and Antarctic regions will be another priority in the coming years. Finally, social sciences are part of the package too, with a focus on the increasing impact of polar communities on their environment.

Find more information on Horizon 2020 and the new work programmes here. If you need help with your application, contact the Euresearch office of your institution or their head office in Bern and if you are simply looking for new opportunities, check out their opportunity finder.

An afternoon with ACE at the FIFAD (Festival International du Film Alpin des Diablerets)

On 7 August 2017 at 14:00. An afternoon will be dedicated to the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition with films and talks by scientists and organisers.

SPI Conference 2017