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SPARC Office

The SPARC International Project Office (IPO) is responsible for the coordination of scientific and administrative aspects of the SPARC project and its activities under the oversight of the SPARC Scientific Steering Group.

Contact the SPARC Office

  • Fiona Tummon

    Fiona grew up in South Africa where she completed most of her undergraduate education before moving to Toulouse, France, to complete a joint PhD focused on the regional climatic effects of aerosols between the University of Cape Town and the Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse-III. Since February 2012 she's been working at the SPARC Project Office, first as project scientist and since February 2015 as director. Her research interests include global chemistry-climate modelling, stratospheric ozone trends, and regional climate change. She is currently involved scientifically in SPARC's CCMI and Si2N activities, and continues to compile and edit the biannual SPARC newsletters and annual SPARC Project Reports. 

  • Petra Bratfisch

    SPARC Office Manager since November 2013, Petra provides administrative support to the SPARC Office. She organises workshops and meetings and coordinates the provision of financial support to travelling scientists in cooperation with WCRP. She helps to maintain the SPARC website, is in charge of the SPARC contact database and takes care of the distribution of SPARC publications. Petra is a graduate translator for English and Spanish. Before joining the SPARC Office in Zurich she worked as Contract Manager for the German subsidiary of Heineken Brouwerijen B.V. and as Management Assistant for the Irish Trade Board in Berlin.

  • Johannes Staehelin

    Johannes was director of the SPARC Office from February 2011 until the end of January 2015. He studied chemistry at the University of Zurich and did his PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG). Johannes then worked at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, CO, USA, the Swiss Institute for Agricultural Research and at Ciba-Geigy Inc. (both in Switzerland). In 1988 he became a research group leader - in 2001 a titular Professor - at ETH Zurich, focusing on a variety of topics related to atmospheric chemistry, ozone research, and air pollution. His research interests cover stratospheric and tropospheric ozone, including long-term trends as well as campaign-based studies.

  • Carolin Arndt

    SPARC Communications Officer since April 2011, Carolin is responsible for internal and external communications at the SPARC Office. Working on a part-time basis for the SPARC Office, she conceptualises and implements the new SPARC corporate identity and communication strategy, maintains the SPARC website, takes care of the layout and publication of the SPARC newsletter, eNews and SPARC assessment reports, and is currently enrolled in developing the SPARC capacity building activity. Carolin holds a PhD in polar marine science and a MAS in communication management. Previous appointments include: Communication and Scientific Officer at the secretariats of the WCRP and IPCC, and CCO for Climate-KIC.

Office Sponsors

The SPARC Office in Zurich is sponsored by

The SPARC Office Director is co-funded by

How to find us

From the airport

You can either take a taxi or the tram to the SPARC Office.

A taxi from Zurich Airport to the SPARC Office will cost you about CHF 50. We recommend taking the tram instead. It costs only about CHF 6, is safe and as fast as a taxi, and stops almost in front of the SPARC Office (no need to change trams).

Follow the tram signs at the airport and take tram no. 10 (direction Bahnhofstrasse). Leave the tram at the stop “Haldenbach”, turn right, and walk down the road about 50m until you find the entrance “Universitätsstrasse 16”. Then take the lift to “P-floor”, from where you will find the SPARC Office.

From Zurich train station

You can either walk uphill (15-20 minutes) or take the tram. Follow the tram signs in the main train station to the "Bahnhofstrasse" tram stop  and take tram no. 10 (direction "Flughafen"), which stops close to the building where the SPARC Office is located (no need to change the tram). Leave the tram at the stop "Haldenbach", turn right, and walk down the road about 50m until you find the entrance to Universitätsstrasse 16. Take the lift to the "P-floor", from where you will find the SPARC Office.typo3/sysext/cms/layout/db_layout.php?id=185#

Note: You need to buy your tram ticket at the ticket machine at the tram stop (it's not possible to buy tickets once in the tram).

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Some hotels close to the SPARC Office are:

  1. Hotel Sunnehus 
  2. Comfort Inn Royal Zurich
  3. Garni Hotel Bristol