Why Recogn.ice

From tiny glaciers on African volcanoes to gigantic ice masses in the Antarctic and from wintry canals in Amsterdam to the permanently frozen tundra in Siberia. Ice is everywhere! Together, all this cold stuff forms the cryosphere, an important component of the climate system.

Our world is changing and all over the planet, this change is expressed in different ways. However, the melting cryosphere appears to be the most visible indicator of environmental change. Over the last few decades we have observed an ongoing retreat of glaciers across the globe, we have experienced shorter winter sport seasons, and the extent of Arctic sea ice has drastically declined.

We, a young bunch of natural scientists and journalists, truly believe that recognition is key to care. This is why, in January 2019, we felt the urgency to launch “Recogn.ice”; a nonprofit organisation for the recognition of this cryosphere. Our team is committed to accomplish that one goal: for people around the world to recognise, understand and ultimately care for all frozen parts of our planet.

Executive board


Jochem Braakhekke



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. 


Larissa de Palézieux


data analytics

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.


Timothée Beckert


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.

Science team

Laurence Dyke

Laurence Dyke

PhD Swansea University



Andreas Alexander

PhD Research fellow University of Oslo, The University Centre in Svalbard


Jelte van Oostveen

PhD Candidate at Norwegian Polar Institute

Remote sensing Engineer


Larissa de Palézieux

phd candidate ETH Zürich

Engineering Geology


Jochem Braakhekke

MSc ETH Zürich


Advisory board

Bernhard Gahr

Bernhard Gahr

Data Scientist at descartes underwriting

Sebastian Marbacher

Designer at Studio Sebastian Marbacher

Ivo Mugglin

Advisor sustainable finance at WWF

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