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On 22 September, this year's ICOS-CH Annual Meeting has taken place successfully at ETH Zurich. Preparing the meeting needed quite some extra effort and back and forth thinking due to COVID-19 regulations and every now and then Susanne Burri, ICOS-CH coordinator, really asked herself if the decision to do an on-site meeting was right... It was! Despite certificate requirements and wearing masks during all sessions, the ICOS-CH consortium was very happy to finally meet again after two years!

Besides updates from the National Network as well as from ICOS RI, the program also included very interesting scientific presentations and lots of time to just enjoy good food and chat to each other - something which has become rare these days!  This was especially important since new partners from University of Basel had joined ICOS-CH beginning of July 2021. Finally, the ICOS-CH consortium thanked Martin Steinbacher (ICOS Atmosphere MSA chair) for his tremendous work as MSA vice chair (2013-2019) and MSA chair (since 2019 and until the end of this year). 

Of course, we all missed Nina Buchmann, ICOS-CH National Focal Point, who currently is on her well-earned Sabbatical in Sweden. But Lukas Emmenegger did an excellent job as Vice-Focal Point at the fully-day meeting.

We are already looking forward to meeting again next year, this time in Basel!


We are very much looking forward to this year's ICOS-CH Annual Meeting to update each other on ICOS-CH facts and science. The ICOS-CH consortium will meet for an on-site meeting for the first time after two years! Find the published agenda here.


On 24 August, Mana Gharun (ICOS-CH Postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich) and Werner Eugster (ETH Zurich) took the participants of the Summer School FORMON - Long-​term Forest Monitoring on an excursion to the Davos station. The 26 students from many European countries highly appreciated the physical visit to a forest site and our excursion guide!


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Today, ICOS Switzerland enters its new project phase! Funding by SNF (ICOS-CH Phase 3, 2021-2025) and in-house contributions will ensure continued measurements at the two ICOS Class 1 stations Jungfraujoch and Davos. With these two unique measurement stations and their exceptional geographical location in the central part of the Alps, ICOS-CH is an outstanding node within the ICOS RI network.



This year’s Swiss Geoscience meeting will take place in Geneva on 19/20 November 2021. The Plenary’s session topic "Climate, Resources and Environment: conflicts, synergies & compromises" sounds promising and session 17 on "Atmospheric Composition and Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions" (co-chaired by ICOS-CH members) perfectly fits the ICOS context! Deadline for abstract submission is Tuesday, 31 August 2021.



A new study lead by Roman Zweifel (ICOS-CH PI at WSL) shows why trees grow primarily in the dark. Read more about it in the WSL news and find the study here!



At this year's Kangaroo goes Science day, one hundred girls, the best of their class (level seven) who had taken part in the Kangaroo Mathematics Competition in March, were invited to visit ETH Zurich virtually. Sabina Keller from the Grassland Sciences group, headed by Nina Buchmann (ICOS-CH Focal Point), coordinated and organized two Plants and Sensors workshops for around 20 girls. The participants made and tested their own temperature sensor with the help of a kit sent to them beforehand. They learned about ICOS from Susanne Burri (ICOS-CH coordinator). And finally, they even "climbed" the ICOS Davos station with Mana Gharun (ICOS-CH Postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich). If you want to join Mana climbing the Davos station as well, check out this video!


We are excited that the Virtual #ICOScapes Photo Exhibition has become a visiting exhibition of focusTerra!


ICOS has been granted an EU funded project to develop a greenhouse gas measurement system for urban areas. Zurich is one of three pilot cities where the feasibility of different measurement approaches in different areas will be tested. Basel is among 12 other cities that will join the city network in order to increase the impact and to make sure the concept developed will fit for different types of cities in different countries and landscapes.

Congratulation to all ICOS-CH members who will be involved in the PAUL (‘Pilot Application in Urban Landscapes – towards integrated city observatories for greenhouse gases’) project! Read more here.


ICOS RI has been evaluated by an external Evaluation Committee at the end of its five-year implementation period. The experts evaluated that ICOS has been successfully set up and has established itself as a global power in the greenhouse gas and climate change arena. Read more here.