ICE MEMORY mission in the Grand Combin massif in Valais Switzerland begins!

The Didier and Martine Primat Foundation is delighted to announce the start of the ICE MEMORY mission in the Grand Combin massif in Valais Switzerland!

A team of Italian and Swiss scientists have just set up a camp at 4,100 meters from September 14 to 18 to extract ice cores for an “ice sanctuary” in Antarctica. This is their second expedition on an alpine glacier, after the 2016 expedition on Mont Blanc.

Good weather conditions are essential for the success of the expedition, as the only way in and out is by helicopter. We wish the team good sunny days!

The Primat Foundation has been supporting the ICE MEMORY project since 2017 and members of our Foundation Board will join the team for a visit of the ongoing operations this Thursday.


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Science Gallery Venice Director Neal Hartman interviews artist Emma Critchley

As part of a series for the Center for the Humanities and Social Change (HSC Venice) celebrating the launch of the first master’s degree in Environmental Humanities at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy, Science Gallery Venise Director Neal Hartman interviews “Earth Water Sky” residency winning artist Emma Critchley, giving insights on the unfolding of her past  residence in 2019  in Venice and the production process of the art piece .

This virtual dialogue is part of the adaptation to the current Covid-19 situation.

See interview HERE

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Swissfoundations Roundtable on Agroecology – 15 september 2020 – co-organised by the Primat Foundation

This Swissfoundations event, co-organised by Fondation Primat, Fondation Salvia, Fondation Lunt and Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer, will see the participations of a series of speakers including Pierre Marie Aubert (IDDRI), Blanche Magarinos-Rey (Artemisia Association), Francesco Ajena (IPES-Food), Amadeus Zschunke (Sativa et Bioverita).

This event will be the perfect opportunity to learn more about the current status of agroecology, the existing needs and gaps in the sector and avenues of collaboration.

This event is intended for members of SwissFoundations and a restricted circle of guests.

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It’s World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature.

Biodiversity provides the essential infrastructure supporting life on Earth and human development.

Foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature.

To care for ourselves we must care for nature.

Link to the World Environment Day

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Art gives a touch of hope in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis hitting hard on Northern Italy: the jury of the Science Gallery Venice “Earth Water Sky”, the environmental arts and science residency program sustained over 3 years by the Primat Foundation, met virtually on  16th & 17th of March 2020 and awarded its annual prize to HASEEB AHMED (US).

The jury statement reads: “In this time of great global uncertainty, Haseeb Ahmed’s process and practice which concentrate on the relations between people, artefacts and nature show a new way of art-making for the 21st century which engages the mind, body and soul. In addition, at this particular moment which we are all experiencing, which is currently limiting the normal course of cultural activities, Haseeb showed the most imaginative way of beginning the residency, even if there is the possibility of not being present.”

Full press release HERE

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Supporting teachers facing the challenge of distance education in the context of COVID-19 emergency containment

Whereas an unprecedented number of children and young people are no longer attending schools or universities because of COVID-19, the Foundation has decided to respond urgently to the appeal of Synlab, a partner NGO, to strengthen its e-platform to support teachers in distance education in the context of the COVID-19 emergency containment.

The donation  will enable Synlab to temporarily expand its team and mobilize a pedagogical task force to accompany for a month thousands of teachers who requested support and  impact positively  hundreds of thousands of students.

This task force will be in charge of  :

– Organizing two daily exchange sessions for teachers and school heads.
– Producing and distributing 10 video tutorials, toolkits and a practical guide on the key themes of this pedagogical continuity and the link with parents.
– Organizing a permanent hotline accessible from morning to evening which will allow each teacher to discuss their specific situation with experienced teachers.

Target: 200,000 teachers and 3,000 head teachers.

This donation is fully in line with the Education Chapter of the Foundation and is a concrete response to an immediate problem posed by the confinement.

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