The Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research (SKPH) coordinates and supports polar and high altitude research and represents Switzerland in international organisations. It is a committee of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and the «Platform Science and Policy» of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).

The committee is the official legal body representing Switzerland in international committees on polar and high altitude research such as the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the Expert Group in Human Biology and Medicine of the SCAR, and the International Society for Mountain Medicine.
Within Switzerland, the committee analyses the research needs and issues in the field and stimulates the inter- and transdisciplinary exchange and cooperation in polar and high altitude issues.
Young outstanding scientists are promoted by the attribution of the De Quervain Prize. The attribution of this prize takes place during an annual symposium organized by the committee. This symposium is open for the interested public, too.

Year founded: 1984