From June 16-23 I joined thein Arctic and Antarctic POLAR18 conference in Davos, Switzerland. The conference was a joined meeting of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and theScientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), including the Open Science Conference, as well as various side meetings. For me, this included a Terrestrial Work Group meeting of IASC, a nice workshop from Microbial Antarctic Resource System (mARS) on molecular microbial diversity data (and a fondue dinner on top of a mountain!), the 60th anniversary of SCAR, a follow-up meeting of the Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition (ACE), and, of course, the Open Science Conference with plenty of interesting talks and posters.
Luckily, after coming all the way to the center of the Alps, there was also time to spend an afternoon on top of a mountain between the alpine flowers with fellow polar biologists, as well as a three-day camping-holiday in the National Park of Switzerland with my good friend Nicky :)!