Swiss Commission for Oceanography and Limnology
Schweizerische Kommission für Ozeanographie und Limnologie
Commission Suisse pour l'Océanographie et la Limnologie

Type of Structure: committee / commission
Regional Scope: national in the area: Switzerland / Europe
Parent Organisations: PF-Geosciences
Child Organisations:
Duration : 1970 to present
Contact Address: Prof. Daniel Ariztegui
Géol. du Quaternaire, Limnogéologie, Géomicrobiol
Dépt. des sciences de la Terre
Université de Genève
rue des Maraîchers 13
1205 Genève
Phone: +41 (0) 22 379 66 18 ; +41 (0) 22 379 66 19
FAX: +41 (0) 22 379 32 10
e-Mail: daniel.ariztegui(at)unige.ch
URL: http://www.unige.ch/sciences/terre/fr/

holding an official function in KOL

General information and objectives

COL's three main objectives are:
1. Study and research opportunities and international contacts for swiss students and scientists.
2. Support for students who would like to enroll in oceanographic and limnological courses.

3. Public Relations through its website and symposia.
COL also serves as the Scientific Committee of Oceanic Research SCOR and its members are represented in international oceanographic bodies of experts.
Historic Overview
Since the beginning swiss scientists from different disciplines were involved in aquatic sciences.
1882-1972 Access for swiss scientists and students to marine stations was granted by the formation of the 'Federal commission for the zoological station in Naples und the biological station in Roscoff' by the Federal Department of Interior.
1972: Formation of the interdisciplinary 'Commission for Oceanography and Limnology' of today's Swiss National Academy of Sciences after a suggestion by Prof. A. Portmann 1970.

Mid-1970's shift of scientific interest: from marine organisms to the ocean's role in Earth's system. Increasing involvement in international science programmes by swiss geologists, physicists and chemists.
New activities since 1985:
  • COL-Bulletin
  • FER-study for the science council
  • COL Symposia
  • Field courses at marine stations (for ~100 students from swiss universities annually)
  • Training Through Research- (TTR-) Programme: practical experiences on research vessels for advanced students.

    For further details, link to the KOL Home Page

    Last update: 3/30/11
    Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)

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