Press Review / Media Releases

The Institute of Geography in the media


28 February 2019

Small and medium-sized towns are surprisingly innovative

Small and medium-sized towns are increasingly appearing on the radar of policy makers all over Europe. Findings from a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation on the role and significance of these towns in Switzerland show that national policy and planning overlook their potential.

SNSF media release on the interdisciplinary project (GIUB: Heike Mayer) on small and medium-sized towns

Link ‹SNSF›


© horizons (SNF), 6 December 2018

Tracking antimony in Chinese rice fields

Jaime Caplette studied antimony in the rice fields of rural China. Back in Switzerland, this Canadian geologist is looking for it near to shooting ranges.

Link ‹horizons›


© The Guardian, 27 April 2018

The hills are alive with the signs of plastic: even Swiss mountains are polluted

Major study finds microplastics in soil across Switzerland and scientists warn urgent research is needed into impacts on food safety as other countries may be worse affected.

Link ‹The Guardian›

Link to the publication

The soil science group at the Institute of Geography analysed 29 floodplains from Geneva to the Grisons. This study not only led to a large media response in Switzerland on radio and television and in print media:

© Television SRF, 28 April 2018
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© Radio SRF, 30 April 2018
Link ‹Radio SRF›

© Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ, 27 April 2018
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© Blick, 27 April 2018
Link ‹Blick›

© Luzerner Zeitung, 27 April 2018
Link ‹Luzerner Zeitung›

© 20 Minuten, 27 April 2018
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© watson, 27 April 2018
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© Le Matin, 29 April 2018
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© Der Bund, 21 March 2018

Small capital cities

Capital cities that are not the dominant economic centers of their nations – so-called ‘secondary capital cities’ (SCCs). Newspaper article (in German)

Link ‹Der Bund›

Link to the book ‹The Political Economy of Capital Cities›


© NZZ, 12 December 2016

Der «weisse Freitag», der ein Mittwoch war

Berner Klimaforscher und Historiker haben eine der schlimmsten wetterbedingten Katastrophen in Europa aufgearbeitet. Dutzende von Lawinen rissen am 13. Dezember 1916 Tausende von Soldaten in den Tod.

Link ‹NZZ›

Link to brochure


© Der Bund, 11 June 2016

Climate change and migration yesterday and today

In this interview, Heinz Wanner answers questions about extreme weather events over the past years and about global climate change.

Link ‹Der Bund› (in German)

© HORIZON – The EU Research & Innovation Magazine, 5. November 2015

Is there arsenic in your rice?

Around half the rice-based products aimed at children, including baby rice, rice crackers and cereals, contain arsenic in quantities that will exceed EU limits due to come into force on 1 January 2016, according to researchers who are investigating the prevalence of the carcinogen in food.