GreenLAnd Circumnavigation Expedition – GLACE

The GreenLAnd Circumnavigation Expedition (GLACE) will offer an unprecedented complete circumnavigation of Greenland in a single expedition over a 2-month period in August and September 2019. The expedition will provide access to the remote and as yet critically understudied Northern Greenland area and provide a unique opportunity to investigate the marine, terrestrial, atmospheric, and cryospheric environments of the Arctic.


For its second expedition, the ATKA team led by François Bernard, seeks to circumnavigate the North Pole on board of their Polar sailing boat. The boat will open her doors to artists, extreme sportsmen, moviemakers, educators, writers and scientists in order to explore the region, to share knowledge on it and more generally to convey the passion for the Arctic. Together with the ATKA team, the SPI has set up a pedagogical programme on the Arctic in order to bring this largely unknown region closer to young people in Switzerland.

Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition – ACE

From December 2016 to March 2017, scientific teams from all over the world boarded the Russian research vessel Akademik Treshnikov for an unprecedented expedition around Antarctica. During the Antartic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE), researchers worked on a number of interrelated fields, from biology to climatology to oceanography, for the future of this continent.

In order to foster an interdisciplinary culture, ACE will combine competences and know-how from a broad range of scientific disciplines. We believe that this is the only way to understand Antarctica and its global role in today and tomorrow’s climate issues.

An open call for projects was launched in November 2015 with over 100 world-class applications. Twenty-two projects comprising 55 researchers from 30 countries were finally selected following peer-review by an international scientific committee.