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

9 December 2020

Prof. Dr. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza

Prof. Dr. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza has obtained an «ERC Consolidator Grant»

Chinwe Ifejika Speranza, Professor of Geography and Sustainable Development, current director of the Institute of Geography and Board member of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) has obtained an ERC Consolidator Grant for a project on «Tropical forest patches under pressure: Dynamics, functions and sustainable management in agricultural landscapes of the West African forest and savannah zones (SUSTAINFORESTS)». The five-year project will analyse the roles of forest patches in the highly fragmented agricultural landscapes of the rainforest and savannah zones of the West African countries, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, and Cameroon. SUSTAINFORESTS examines why forest patches persist, how they maintain ecosystem services and livelihood functions, and under what conditions they can have a sustainable future.

Media Release (PDF, 78KB)

17 December 2020

The Institute mourns the loss of Prof. em. Dr. Peter Germann

22 February 2021

XVI Premio a la Investigación sobre Sociedad Civil

Heliodoro Ochoa Garcia was awarded second place for his dissertation "Struggling for Sustainable Water Governance: Social conflicts and alternatives from the bottom up in Mexico", supervised by Prof. Dr. Stephan Rist.

The Civil Society Research Prize, awarded by the Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía A.C. and the Universidad de las Americas Puebla, among others, aims to recognise those researchers who have carried out innovative academic work with methodological rigour and who contribute creatively to the analysis of issues related to civil society in Mexico. (see Link)

3 March 2021

Presentation: «On the role of stratospheric composition feedbacks in tropospheric and surface climate»

Dr. Gabriel Chiodo (ETH Zurich)
Colloquium in Climatology, Climate Impact and Remote Sensing
(14:15 – 15:15, Zoom Room: Link)
To participate via Zoom, a password is required. The password can be requested via e-mail.

4 March 2021

Master Presentation

  • Céline Kummer
    «Potential of a hypothetical multi-purpose reservoir in the upper catchment area of the Alptal»
    (14:00 – 15:00, Zoom-Meeting)

9 March 2021

Harmonzation of the analysis of microplastics using infra-red microscopy techniques

Dr. Sebastian Primpke (Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremen / Shelf Sea System Ecology)

STXM coupled with NEXAFS can retrieve and identify NP from environmental samples – What’s next?

Alexandra Foetisch (Soil Science Unit, GIUB)
Soil Science Colloquium
(16:15 – 18:00, Zoom Room: Link)

16 March 2021

Das Imaginativ des ‹gesunden› Kindes – Einblicke in die spanische Eizellenspendeökonomie

M.A. Laura Perler
Berner Humangeographisches Kolloquium
«Human geographic research at GIUB»
(12:15 – 13:45, Event takes place only by Zoom/Link, GIUB)

Organized by the Units:
Social and Cultural Geography / Economic Geography /
Critical Sustainibility Studies /
Political Urbanism and Sustainable Spatial Development


Complete lecture series FS 2021 (PDF, 2.3 MB)