To support research on climate change
Since 2010, several projects run by research laboratories of an international scope have been backed. It’s within this context that the BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation took a new turn in 2016 and decided to extend its activities to environmental philanthropy.
The Swiss Polar Institute
Based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), the Swiss Polar Institute is a consortium of Swiss universities created in 2015 and dedicated to the study of the Poles and other extreme environments. The first major project for the Institute is an international scientific expedition to do a complete tour of the Antarctic continent: the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE), that brings together 55 researchers from 30 different countries, working on 22 research projects. The BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation supports two of these projects in particular concerned with “investigating air-sea interactions” (Heini Wernli, ETH Zürich) and “analysing why the ocean has become less salty” (Katherine C. Leonard, EPFL).