APECS Switzerland organized a one-day symposium on polar research, the “Swiss Polar Day” that took place in Zürich on September 7th 2017 at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL.
The symposium provided a broad overview on all Polar research topics taking place universities/ institutions in Switzerland. For the first time, representatives of most Swiss universities or research institution presented their university's’ activities in Polar research, informed about research platforms and future plans in Polar research, such as planned expeditions or projects.
The first part of the day was filled with presentations open for the larger interested public. The second part of the day was reserved for a round table and networking event of the representatives of the universities/ institutes.
Around 60 people took part in this meeting and the feedback was very positive. Most participants agreed on the need of such event on a regular basis. The Swiss Polar Institute will organize similar events in the future based on this first meeting and we are very happy that stronger national connections will be made in the future!