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Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz  

Swiss Committee on Polar
and High Altitude Research

A Committee of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences



Awarded Projects



Prix de Quervain 2020

Dr. Lea Pfaeffli (PhD), ETH Zürich

Das Wissen, das aus der Kälte kam. Assoziationen der Arktis um 1912


Dissertation (pdf)

Prix de Quervain 2019

Dr. Michael Furian(PhD), ETH Zürich

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) travelling to altitude: physiological and clinical changes and their prevention


Dissertation (pdf)

Prix de Quervain 2019

Dr. Sandra Brügger (PhD), Universität Bern

FrozenNature – The palynological contribution to reconstruct paleo fire, vegetation, land use, and pollution dynamics from high-alpine ice cores


Prix de Quervain 2018

Dr. Alexander Haumann (PhD), ETH Zürich

Southern Ocean response
to recent changes in surface freshwater fluxes


Dissertation (pdf)

Prix de Quervain 2017

Dr. Emiliano Stopelli (PhD), Universität Basel

Biological ice nucleating particles at tropospheric cloud heigh


Dissertation (pdf)

Prix de Quervain 2017

Prisco Frei (Master), ETH Zürich

Snowfall in the Alps: evaluation and projections based on the euro-cordex regional climate models


Masterarbeit (pdf)

Prix de Quervain 2016

Dr. Lea Steinle(PhD), Universität Basel

Environmental controls on marine methane oxidation: From deep-sea brines to
shallow coastal systems


Dissertation (pdf)

Prix de Quervain 2016

Adrien Michel (Master), Universität Bern

Transient Modeling of Borehole Temperature and Basal Melting in an Ice Sheet


Masterarbeit (pdf)

Prix de Quervain 2015

Dr. Steven Sylvester (PhD), Universität Zürich

Reconstructing the potential natural vegetation of the high Andean puna


Dissertation (pdf)

Prix de Quervain 2015

Chrystelle Gabbud (Master), Universität Lausanne

Remote sensing of the interactions between
Climate variability and glacier dynamics


Masterarbeit (pdf)


Prix de Quervain 2015 (Sonderpreis)

Matthieu Heiniger (Master), Universität Genf

Base Camp Circus




Prix de Quervain 2014

Raphael Faiss (PhD), Universität Lausanne:

Innovations in hypoxic training


Abstract (pdf)

Prix de Quervain 2013

Nicole Inauen (PhD), Universität Basel:

Alpine Gletschervorfeldpflanzen unter erhöhter atmosphärischer CO2-Konzentration


Abstract (pdf)



Prix de Quervain 2013

Lena Hellmann (Master), WSL Birmensdorf:

Arktisches Treibholz aus Grönland und Spitzbergen – Holzanatomische Artbestimmung


Abstract (pdf)

Yvonne Nussbaumer-Ochsner
Prix de Quervain 2012

Yvonne Nussbaumer-Ochsner, UniversitätsSpital Zürich:

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome benefit from acetazolamide during an altitude sojourn. A randomized, placebo-controlled double-blind trial.


Abstract (pdf)   Article Chest (pdf)

M. Matschiner
Prix de Quervain 2011

Michael Matschiner, Zoologisches Institut - Evolutionary Biology, Universität Basel:

On the Origin and Trigger of the Notothenioid Adaptive Radiation.


Abstract (pdf)   PhD Article ME (pdf)   PhD Article PLoS (pdf)

Beat Schuler
Prix de Quervain 2010

Beat Schuler, Institute of Veterinary Physiology, University of Zurich (Currently: Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, University of Oxford, United Kingdom):

Optimal hematocrit for maximal exercise performance in acute and chronic erythropoietin-treated mice.


PhD Article (pdf)

M. Lupker
Prix de Quervain 2009

Maarten Lupker, Institute of Isotope Geochemistry and Mineral Resources, ETH Zürich (Currently: Centre de Recherches Petrographiques et Geochimiques - CNRS, Nancy, France):

A new procedure for separating and measuring radiogenic isotopes (U, Th, Pa, Ra, Sr, Nd, Hf) in ice cores.


Abstract (pdf)   MA-Thesis (pdf)   Article (pdf) 





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