12. Juni 2019


Exhibition «keineismeehr / Grindelwaldgletscher – Kunst und Wissenschaft»

People have been fascinated by glaciers for centuries. Glaciers were seen as a danger, then as a curiousity, later a dramatized and finally a more and more realistic artistic motif. With worldwide  melting of ice masses since the 19th century, glaciers make climate change a perceptible reality.  The two glaciers of Grindelwald are among the most researched glaciers worldwide. The exhibit at Kunsthaus Interlaken, conceived by Heinz Zumbühl, former professor in the climatology group, shows on the one hand the scientific background and on the other hand art works on the two Grindelwald glaciers from a number of artists since the 18th century. The exhibit is open from 16 June to 25 August 2019.

3 July 2019

e-learning: From historical climate data to hazard maps

Stefan Brönnimann from the PALAEO-RA project of the Institute of Geography ( has released an e-learning tool for weather reconstructions. On, students and anyone interested can learn step-by-step how historical manuscript data can eventually lead to complex climate information such as hazard maps. The tool focuses on sources of uncertainty and the application of reanalysis data and other data products in a meaningful way. Data can be downloaded for analyses in statistical software and visualization tools. The sections Climate Data, Global Reanalyses and Downscaling and Applications each starts with a very short text and the video followed by 2–4 subsections, typically with an exercise.

In addition, introduction videos give a concise overview of each section:

Historical Climate Data,




Downscaling and Applications

25 July 2019

Award for Carolin Schurr and Elisabeth Militz

Carolin Schurr and Elisabeth Militz have been awarded the Ashby prize for the most innovative papers published in the EPA: Economy and Space journal in the calendar year 2018 for their paper “The affective economy of transnational surrogacy.”

30 July 2019

Raphael Neukom im Fernsehen SRF

The climate is warming faster than it has in the last 2,000 years

In contrast to pre-industrial climate fluctuations, current, anthropogenic climate change is occurring across the whole world at the same time. In addition, the speed of global warming is higher than it has been in at least 2,000 years. That’s according to two studies led by Raphael Neukom from the Institute of Geography. A third paper from a team from the Institute of Geography shows that volcanoes shaped global climate before the onset of the anthropogenic influence. The three papers appeared simultaneously in «Nature» and «Nature Geoscience», respectively, and led to  media response at a global scale.

August 2019

UniBe – One Health International Summer Schools-August 2019

Starting in August 2019, the One Health team will be organising annual summer schools to allow students to profit from the expertise and knowledge of University of Bern academics and external experts in the fields of soil, plant, animal and human health.

The schools are open for:

BSc/MSc – Improving health at the interfaces between environment, plants, animals and humans / 2 ECTS
PhD/Postdocs – Microbiomes in soil, plant, animal and human health / 2 ECTS

International One Health Symposium

14 August 2019

29 August 2019

PhD Presentation

  • Timothy Adams
    «Large-scale Land Investments, Institutional Change and Gender Relations: An In-depth Analysis of Land Investments in the Sugarcane Sector of Malawi»
    (9:30, lecture hall 001, GIUB)