Fifth Anniversary of the Austrian Polar Research Institute

The Austrian Polar Research Institute celebrated its fifth Anniversary on April 10th. Approximately 80 people joined the celebration in the Sky Lounge of the University of Vienna. The highlight of the evening was the keynote by glaciologist Jason Box who gave a thought-provocing talk on climate change and its effects on the Greenlandic ice sheet. The audience was given a glimpse into the history and the aims of the APRI, and a short film and poster exhibition provided insights into research activities currently being carried out by members of the institute. The party continued over some wine and snacks.






photos by Alexandra Meyer




Jason Box on FM4

As a teaser for tonight’s keynote by Jason Box at the 5th Anniversary of the Austrian Polar Research Institute, you can now tune in on FM4 and listen to him talk about the Dark Snow project and the melting Arctic:

Climate scientist Jason Box and the Dark Snow Project | Reality Check, 10.4. | Radio FM4 | @radiofm4

Hope to see many of you tonight!

Fifth Anniversary of the Austrian Polar Research Institute

The Austrian Polar Research Institute celebrates its fifth Anniversary on April 10th in the Sky-Lounge of the University of Vienna, Oscar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna. We are happy to announce that Jason Box, professor in glaciology at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland will give a keynote on “Arctic land ice and global sea level” for the occasion. Furthermore, members of the APRI will give an insight into the past and future research activities of the Institute, and a poster exhibition will provide a glimpse into current research project of the different APRI working groups. Afterwards there will be an informal reception.

We hope to see many of you there!

The program can be viewed here:

Program APRI Anniversary


The uni:view Magazin on Andreas Richter’s research on permafrost

How is permafrost related to climate change? This article in the uni:view Magazin provides an insight into the research of Andreas Richter and his team on the permafrost-climate feedback.




Polar Talk #1 in the Museum of Natural History, Vienna

On the 17th of January the first Polar Talk of the Austrian Polar Research Institute took place in the Museum of Natural History, Vienna. Dr. Gertrude Saxinger spoke about the First Nations in Canada’s Yukon Territory and their relationship to the mining industry. Over 40 people found their way to the museum for the evening and contributed to a lively discussion after the talk. Afterwards, drinks and snacks were enjoyed in the entrance hall of the beautiful museum. APRI wishes to thank all visitors and the museum for a pleasant evening!

Dr. Gertrude Saxinger speaks about the First Nations in Canada’s Yukon Territory and their relationship to the mining industry. Photo: Robert Gebauer

Photo: Robert Gebauer

Snacks and drinks in the museum’s entrance hall. Photo: Alexandra Meyer


Der Standard on Degen’s research project on arctic benthic communities

Der Standard recently published an article on Renate Degen’s (University of Vienna) Artcic Traits Project. Read the full article here.


Polar Talk #1: Leben mit und vom Bergbau – First Nations in Kanadas Yukon Territory

     Polar Talks

Polar Talk #1

Dr. Gertrude Saxinger: “Leben mit und vom Bergbau – First Nations in Kanadas Yukon Territory”

Obwohl viele Ureinwohner/innen heute in den Minen arbeiten, sind auch Subsistenzwirtschaft und Jagen zentrale Bestandteile ihrer Identität und des dörflichen Zusammenlebens. Der Vortrag führt an diesem Beispiel in die Anthropologie des Zirkumpolaren Nordens ein.

Dr. Gertrude Saxinger, Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie und Austrian Polar Research Institute (APRI) – Forschungsgruppe Social and Cultural Systems

Wann: Mittwoch, 17.01.2018, 18:30 Uhr
Wo: Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vortragssaal
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Polar Talks ist eine neue Vortragsreihe des Austrian Polar Research Institute (APRI) in der österreichische PolarforscherInnen aus den Natur- und Sozialwissenschaften allgemein verständlich über ihre Forschung in polaren Gebieten berichten.

Elisabeth Schlosser blogs on her fieldtrip to Antarctica

Ever wondered what it’s like to do research in one of the most remote places on Earth? In her new blog, APRI’s Elisabeth Schlosser reports from her fieldtrip to Antarctica and her stay at the Neumayer station.

Read the blog here.


CBC on Saxinger and Gartler’s Mobile Workers Guide

APRIs Susa Gartler and Gertrude Saxinger recently published their Mobile Workers Guide, a handbook on FIFO (“fly-in/fly-out”) and DIDO (“drive-in/drive-out) rotational shift work in the Canadian Arctic. The guide is part of the project “LACE – Labour mobility and community participation in the extractive industries:– Yukon”. 

CBC recently published an article about the project and the guide. You can read the article here.


APRI Annual Meeting 2017

The APRI Annual Meeting in Innsbruck was a great success. In 18  talks, the state of the art of Austrian polar research was presented. Furthermore, our colleague from the Swiss Polar Institute gave a presentation on Swiss polar research. In a public talk, environmental toxicologist Günter Köck talked about climate research in the Canadian Arctic. On the evening of November 9th, the exhibition FORTITUDO. Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition in the Endurance was opened by Roland Psenner, president of EURAC and the artist Paola Folicaldi Suh.