Swiss Polar Institute

To promote access and awareness to polar activities

The Swiss Polar Institute was created to provide services to and promote synergies within the polar community in Switzerland.

The objectives of the SPI are to:

  • Strengthening Swiss polar science to address global challenges: The SPI supports and enables the performance of cutting edge Swiss research that addresses key global challenges in polar regions and comparable extreme high-altitude environments;
  • Facilitating access to infrastructure and polar science initiatives: The SPI supports the Swiss polar science community in developing or accessing the necessary infrastructure as well as national and international initiatives;
  • Creating new synergies: In its actions, the SPI pays particular attention to linking science from different polar regions and comparable remote high altitude environments;
  • Federating the Swiss polar science community: The work of SPI supports the synergies within the Swiss research community with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary integration and the emergence of a young generation of scientists;
  • Bringing polar science closer to the Swiss public: The SPI seeks to enhance the visibility and understanding of polar regions and related scientific questions within targeted audiences in Switzerland;
  • Innovative partnerships: The SPI helps position Switzerland as a key player in polar science through science-driven national and international collaborative initiatives and the provision of new opportunities to access or develop infrastructure.

The Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) was founded by :

  •  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), acting as Leading House
  •  Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL),
  •  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH)
  •  University of Bern (UniBe)
  •  Editions Paulsen

Placed under the patronage of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the SPI is a Swiss initiative to study the Earth’s poles and extreme environments.

Swiss academic institutions and actors who would be interested in becoming members of the Swiss Polar Institute are encouraged to contact the SPI Secretariat for details on the membership structure and fees.