News Archive 2018

A Polar Year to be released in Swiss Cinemas

A Polar Year recounts the encounter between a Danish teacher and an Arctic community. Below is the synopsis of the movie in German and French. For more information on the release, set for 13 December 2018, click here.

Der Däne Anders Hvidegaard kommt als Lehrer in der atemberaubenden Landschaft im Osten Grönlands. Tiniteqilaaq ist ein Dorf in dem sich die Einwohner das Leben zwischen jahrhundertealter Tradition und moderner Technik eingerichtet haben und mit dem Wenigen das sie haben zufrieden sind.
Ein Fremder mit dem „dänischen Blick“ ist nicht gerade willkommen. Schnell muss Anders erkennen, dass er hier mit seiner pädagogischen Ausbildung nicht weit kommen wird und dass die Herze der Inuit nicht so einfach zu gewinnen sind. Es sind andere Fähigkeiten die das Überleben in dieser Wildnis sichern. Mit Beharrlichkeit, Humor und einer Portion Wut im Bauch macht er sich daran, die kulturellen Hindernisse zu überwinden um seinen Platz in der Gemeinschaft zu finden.
Fasziniert vom Leben der Menschen und der grandiosen Landschaft ist der französische Regisseur Samuel Collardey während über einem Jahr immer wieder nach Tinitequillaq gereist. Sein Film basiert auf den Geschehnissen aus dieser Zeit. A POLAR YEAR feierte Premiere am Sundance Filmfestival.

Pour son premier poste d’instituteur, Anders choisit l’aventure et les grands espaces : il part enseigner au Groenland, à Tiniteqilaaq, un hameau inuit de 80 habitants. Dans ce village isolé du reste du monde, la vie est rude, plus rude que ce qu’Anders imaginait. Pour s’intégrer, loin des repères de son Danemark natal, il va devoir apprendre à connaître cette communauté et ses coutumes. Il conquiert non seulement les cœurs des habitants mais découvre des paysages et une faune surprenante. Tourné dans le froid nordique Une année polaire est un film d’une grande chaleur humaine.

MRI/PAGES/Swiss Polar Institute IPCC SROCC Information Event for ECRs – 18 December

A half-day information and networking event specifically dedicated to ECRs based in Switzerland and whose scientific background, research or expertise relates to climate change will be held on 18 December 2018 in Bern, Switzerland.

This is a chance to join the discussion, network, and learn from prominent climate scientists and experts participating in the IPCC assessment process. This event will provide background information on the assessment process, and perspectives from the scientific communities working on mountains, polar regions, and past climates on the challenges and prospects for research on climate change in these environments.

Speakers will be Valérie Masson-Delmotte, IPCC Working Group I Co-Chair; Gian-Kasper Plattner, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research (WSL); Christian Huggel, University of Zurich; Ulrike Lohmann, ETH Zurich; and Darrell Kaufman, Northern Arizona University.

For more information on the event and to register, click here.

Pôles, Feu la glace

SPI is happy to partner with the Muséum d’histoire naturelle of Neuchâtel for an exhibition on the Poles and climate change.

The exhibition will take you to extreme latitudes, notably thanks to footage brought back from ACE, in order to introduce you to the most remote ecosystems in the world. You will learn why Polar bears have never met emperor penguins and much more.

The exhibition outlines how pressure from human activity affects these extreme environments and the biodiversity they support. The journey will however not only confront you to climate change related issues, as you will also be immerged into a penguin colony in the middle of a storm in Antarctica or into the lifestyle of indigenous Arctic communities and the strategies they have developed to survive in these harsh conditions.

The exhibition, catering for young and old, is complemented with a rich programme of activities for children, guided tours, discussion with scientists and even life streams with people sailing through the Arctic. The exhibition will remain open until the 18 August 2019. For more information, just click here.

Call for proposals for the SPI Exploratory Grants is open!

The SPI is happy to announce that the call for proposal for the SPI Exploratory Grants is now open for the first time. This new funding instrument has been designed to support established Swiss scientists (at least 3 years after PhD graduation) active in Polar regions (including remote high-altitude regions) by allowing them to launch short-term new ideas, fund additional field work or launch new collaborations with financial support for logistics, scientific work and more. The call for proposals will be open to all disciplines interested in working in Polar Regions. Deadline for this year’s call is set for the 22 October. This call will be repeated annually from 2018. For more information on eligibility and guidelines on the application process, click here.

Over €40m in EU funding available for polar research!

The EC has confirmed a call topic within its research and innovation framework programme Horizon 2020 dedicated to research on the cryosphere, earmarking over €40 mio in 2019.

The call topic LC-CLA-07-2019: “The changing cryosphere: uncertainties, risks and opportunities” includes subtopics on sea-level changes, changes in Arctic biodiversity, and sustainable opportunities in the Arctic which are expected to be tackled by international consortia involving a range of disciplines. Moreover, funding is available for the development of standards for cold-climate technologies and services. Deadline for stage-1 proposal submissions is 19 February 2019.

A detailed topic description as well as other relevant information can be found on the ECs Participant Portal. Euresearch, the Swiss network informing and advising on EU funding, moreover is happy to provide further information and advice free of charge. Don’t hesitate to contact the National Contact Person for the relevant part of the program and/or your regional contacts!

2019 GreenLAnd Circumnavigation Expedition - GLACE: The call for proposals is open!

We are excited to announce that the call for proposals for our latest project, the GreenLAnd Circumnavigation Expedition (GLACE), is now open.

The expedition will offer an unprecedented complete circumnavigation of Greenland in a single expedition over a 2-month period in August and September 2019, providing access to the remote and critically understudied Northern Greenland area.

The R/V Akademic Tryoshnikov (AARI, St Petersburg) will be available for the expedition after a partial refit. During the Northern Greenland section of the expedition, the Akademic Tryoshnikov will be escorted by the nuclear icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy.

The science framework of GLACE will entail four topics: Ocean, Atmosphere, Cryosphere, and Terrestrial. Collaboration between these topics, and interdisciplinary research towards a holistic view of the region, are particularly encouraged.

For more information on the call, eligibility and the application process, just click here.

The Poles are warming up. Why should we care?

Echoing the World Environment Day, the BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation and the Swiss Polar Institute are hosting an evening debate event to explore with a panel of experts the pressing matters of the Poles’ general warming.

For this debate we are delighted to welcome experts on polar issues with Konrad Steffen (Scientific Director of the Swiss Polar Institute), David Walton (Chief Scientist on ACE expedition, British Antarctic Survey), Mike Sparrow (Senior Scientific Officer, World Climate Research Programme and former Executif Director of Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research), Michael Lehning (specialist on snow and ice, Prof. EPFL / WSL Davos) and Iris Thurnherr (ETH Zurich).

The event will take place on Thursday 7 June 2018 from 17:30 to 19:00 in Geneva.

If you wish to participate to the event, please contact us at secretariat.spi@epfl.ch before 25 May 2018, as the event is upon invitation only.

ARICE call for ship-time proposals is open!

The EU funded project ARICE (Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium) offers fully funded transnational access to research icebreakers. It has now opened its first call for ship-time proposals to access the icebreakers CCGS Amundsen, RV Sikuliaq and PRV Polarstern. This call will remain open until the 5th of July 2018 and might be of interest to you and your colleagues.

Applications are welcome from international teams of researchers and industry partners from all career stages. Female applicants are encouraged to apply. Check full eligibility criteria and funding conditions here.

The access to PRV Polarstern is offered in the frame of the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) Expedition, the first year-round expedition into the central Arctic exploring the Arctic climate system. Specific access regulations to PRV Polarstern in the frame of MOSAiC apply. For further information, click here.

Learning in the frozen lands of the Inuit

Carla Perez Mon, PhD student at WSL, has participated with financial support from SPI to the 1st International Arctic Field School organised by Sentinel North in Iqualit (“city of many fishes”), the capital of Nunavut, the largest and northernmost territory of Canada. The focus of the programme was put on the changing Arctic cryosphere. Here is an article on her experience.

Swiss Polar Day 2018, a great success!

The Swiss Polar Day 2018, held on 4 April, has gathered the Swiss scientific community working in Polar regions at the ETHZ in Zurich. More than 150 students, young scientists and experienced researchers have joined the event to meet colleagues, debate on future scientific priorities and listen to international keynote speakers active in the Arctic, Antarctic and high-altitude regions. The great attendance and participation really made the success of the event. The SPI team would therefore like to thank all the participants to the event – we hope to see you again at next year’s edition! The date will be announced in due course.

Postdoctoral Fellow for ACE-DATA project wanted

For the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition DATA project in the Aerosol Physics Group, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow. The main tasks include leading the ‘Antarctic Sea-Atmosphere Interactions Data’ (ASAID) sub-project and supporting the set-up of the ACE Database in coordination with the respective work package leaders.

The employment contract is limited to 2 years.

For further information, have a look at the online advertisement.

Call for proposals for the Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship award is open!

The call for proposals for the 150 000 € Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship award is currently open. The fellowship programme provides young scientists with the opportunity to conduct research in East Antarctica while operating out of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station over two seasons.

The fellowship is open to applicants from any country in the world. Applicants must be either doctoral researchers or post-doctoral researchers who have completed their PhD within the last 10 years. The call is open for research in the disciplines of Atmospheric Sciences, Geology, Glaciology and Microbiology. Deadline for application is on 15 May 2018.

For more information on the call, eligibility and the application process, just click here.

Participate in the 2018 CESM Polar Modeling Workshop with sponsorship from SPI

The Swiss Polar Institute will support Swiss early career scientists selected by the organisers by covering their travel and accommodation costs with a maximum amount of CHF 1200.

The call for applications for the CESM Polar Modelling Workshop, organised by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), a US research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences, is open until 9 March 2018.

Participants will gain hands-on experience planning, designing, executing, and analyzing earth system modeling experiments using high-performance supercomputing. Attendees will engage in advanced activities focused specifically on capacity building for using CESM (Community Earth System Model) in polar research (e.g., sea ice, land ice, atmosphere, ocean, land, paleoclimate).

The workshop will take place in Boulder, Colorado, from 13 to 17 August 2018, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Laboratory.

Please apply directly via the organiser of the workshop (more information here) and contact us if your application has been approved. For any questions, please contact the SPI Secretariat: secretariat.spi@epfl.ch.