The Cryosphere in a changing climate – A scientific symposium in the memory of Koni Steffen

WSL-Institut für Schnee- und Lawinenforschung SLF

The Cryosphere in a changing climate - A scientific symposium in memory of Koni Steffen

Ort: Kongresszentrum Davos
Sprache: English

Programme (PDF) ¦  List of posters (PDF) ¦  Directions Congresscentre (PDF) ¦ Route Schedule Bus Davos (PDF)

The Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL is pleased to announce that the registration for this symposium in memory of our past Director, Koni Steffen, is now open.

Konrad Steffen – or Koni, as everyone knew him – was a passionate researcher and teacher, who dedicated his life to science through the study of the cryosphere and the climate of cold environments. Koni was driven by a mission to inform people about the ongoing, rapid human-driven changes and the resulting impacts on human and natural systems these changes could impose. This scientific symposium will honour Koni’s scientific legacy, covering a wide range of topics, including the study of Arctic sea ice, the dynamics of polar ice sheets, the quantification of climate-driven ice losses in Antarctica and Greenland, the effects of melting ice on global sea level, as well as more generally the impacts of climate change on polar and high mountain environments. By bringing together long-term colleagues that accompanied Koni over the years and early-career researchers that have recently embarked in the related disciplines, the event will aim at building a bridge between generations of cryosphere and climate scientists – a task in which Koni excelled.

The program will consist of invited talks, posters sessions (based on submitted abstracts) and ample networking time. A conference dinner will be organised in the evening of the Day 1.

COVID Precautionary Measures: We refer to the COVID measures then in force. For more information please read the website of the Swiss Federal Office Of Public Health.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you in Davos.

The Symposium Organizing Committee

 Further information


  • Confirmed speakers (status 01.06.2022):

  • Waleed Abdalati CIRES, University of Colorado

  • Daniel Farinotti Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape / ETH Zurich

  • Stefan Flückiger Deputy State Secretary, State Secretariat for International Finance SIF (present as former Arctic Ambassador

  • Nicolas Gruber Environmental Physics Group, ETH Zürich 

  • Jason Box Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

  • Valerie Masson Delmotte Co-chair of IPCC Working Group I / Université Paris-Saclay

  • Atsumu Ohmura Prof. em. ETH Zurich

  • Bianca Perren British Antarctic Survey

  • Eric Rignot Department of Earth System Science, University of California

  • Ted Scambos Earth Science and Observation Center, University of Colorado

  • Margit Schwikowski Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institut

  • Thomas Stocker Climate and Environmental Physics, University of Bern

  • Julienne Stroeve Centre for Earth Observation Science, University of ManitobaHelene HewittUK Met Office

In view of this rich programme and of the interactive nature of this symposium, the event will be held in person in Davos and not as an online event. The organizing committee is closely monitoring local regulations and the global situation. All necessary measures will be taken to deliver a safe conference and will be communicated to all participant.

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