Swiss Polar Day 2018

Where: ETHZ Hauptgebäude D1.1

When: 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 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!


09:00 – 09:30 Welcome coffee and registration
09:30 – 09:45 Opening and welcome by Prof. Detlef Günther, Vice President of ETHZ and SPI Board member, and Prof. Konrad Steffen, Scientific Director of SPI
09:45 – 10:15 Overview and challenges of Swiss Polar science with inputs from Prof. Hubertus Fischer, SKPH, and Saskia Gindraux, APECS Switzerland
10:15 – 11:00 Quantifying the Drivers and Impacts of Tundra Vegetation Change by Prof. Isla Myers-Smith, University of Edinburgh
11:00 – 11:25 Coffee break
11:25 – 12:10 Ice in the Antarctic Climate System by Prof. Peter Lemke, Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI)
12:10 – 12:55 Observations on the State of Mountain Glacier Science by Prof. Georg Kaser, University of Innsbruck
12:55 – 14:00 Standing lunch
14:00 – 14:10 The road to POLAR2018 in Davos by Anja Schilling Hoyle, WSL-SLF
14:10 – 14:30 Setting the scene for SPI science plan and thematic workshops by Prof. Karin Lochte and Prof. Thomas Stocker, co-Chairs of SPI STAB
14:30 – 16:15 Thematic workshops on different aspects of the science plan – parallel sessions

  • Workshop 1: Glaciers, ice sheets and sea level changes (incl. rock glaciers/permafrost), moderation by Prof. Konrad Steffen, Room D 1.1
  • Workshop 2: Biodiversity and ecosystems functioning under climate change (incl. limnology), moderation by Dr. Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Room D 5.2
  • Workshop 3: Polar atmosphere and links with other spheres (incl. pollution), moderation by Prof. Heini Wernli, Room D 5.3
  • Workshop 4: Sea ice and oceans, moderation by Prof. Karin Lochte, Room D 3.3
16:15 – 16:40 Coffee break
16:40 – 17:20 Take-away messages from the thematic sessions and challenging views from social sciences, by the moderators of the workshops and Dr. Ksenia Tatarchenko
17:20 – 17:30 Closing remarks by Konrad Steffen, Karin Lochte and Thomas Stocker
17:30 Networking Drink