About

Bridging the gap between the science and the people

Frozen water presents itself in many forms all over our planet: from tiny glaciers on African volcanoes to gigantic ice masses in the Antarctic. It forms on wintry canals in Amsterdam and appears as permanently frozen tundra in Siberia. Together, all this ice forms the cryosphere, an important component of the climate system.

Our climate is changing and all over the planet, this change is expressed in different ways. However, the changing cryosphere appears to be the most tangible and most visible indicator of climate change. Over the last few decades we have observed the ongoing retreat of nearly all glaciers across the globe. We have experienced decreased snow covers and shorter winter sport seasons, and both the extent and thickness of Arctic sea ice have drastically declined.

We, a handful of natural scientists and journalists, believe that recognition is key to care. This is why, in January 2019, we felt the urgency to launch “Recogn.ice”, an independent, not-for-profit, nonpartisan organisation for the recognition of this cryosphere. Our young team is committed to accomplish that one mission: for people around the world to recognize, understand and ultimately care for all frozen parts of our planet.

The Team

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Jochem Braakhekke

Founder

CEO

Originally from the Netherlands, Jochem has developed a natural connection with the alpine environment. His field experience with glaciers all over the globe brings Recogn.ice the invaluable knowledge and full understanding of the past and upcoming developments of the cryosphere, hence a true credibility to advocate. Jochem holds a bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Amsterdam and a master’s degree in Earth Science from ETH Zürich, with glaciology and geology as his main fields of study. He’s currently serving as a polar expedition guide in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. 

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Larissa de Palezieux

co-founder

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Her excellent knowledge of many geoscience programs (Topotoolbox (Matlab), ArcGIS, ENVI, SEEP/W (GeoSlope Ltd.), RocScience, Rockyfor3D) will enable our site to present a cartography of Swiss glaciers in a unique way. She is currently a doctoral student in engineering geology at ETH Zürich, focusing on the rockslide activity in the High Himalaya of Bhutan. Larissa also holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from EPFL and a master’s degree in Engineering Geology from ETH Zürich. Born in Switzerland, she speaks fluent French, English, Italian, German and Swiss-German.

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Timothee Beckert

co-founder

external relations

His understanding of the Swiss media and political landscapes, coupled with a very solid network crafted by numerous club memberships, is a guarantee for Recogn.ice to have its message heard at the four corners of the country. An ex-journalist and communications expert (PR, CSR, lobbying), Timothée holds a master’s degree in European Politics from the University of Strasbourg and a master’s degree in Management from the University of Tübingen. Born in France, he speaks fluent French, English, Italian, Spanish, German and Swiss-German.

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