15 March 2024

Titelblatt Peripherien als Chancenräume

Peripheries as spaces of opportunity

On February 22, 2024, the Council for Spatial Development (Rat für Raumordnung) published its report for the 2020 – 2023 legislative period entitled "Vibrant peripheries in Switzerland: Shaping transformation together" (only available in German and French). The Council, chaired by Prof. Heike Mayer, calls for a change of perspective to see peripheries as spaces of opportunities for sustainability transformation. From urban peripheries to regional centers, agglomeration peripheries, rural peripheries and mountainous peripheries, the ROR considers development paths and makes recommendations to public stakeholders and the Federal Council in particular.

Link to the report

4 April 2024


Research on the environmental effects of Russia’s war in Ukraine is ramping-up at GIUB

Dr. Alexander Vorbrugg (Critical Sustainability Studies Unit) and Prof. Dr. Adrien Mestrot (Soil Science Unit) contributed to the report titled “Is food safety in Switzerland impacted by the war in Ukraine?” by the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO). The report is available on this webpage or directly here.  Alexander introduced Adrien to the topic by organising a meeting with Dr. Kateryna Polyanska of the Ukrainian NGO Environment-People-Law. Since then, Adrien is supervising bachelor and master theses at GIUB on the topic of toxic trace elements (heavy metals) in soils from protected areas and in agricultural soils and crops in war-impacted areas of Ukraine. The results from these are featured in the report. Together with international colleagues, Alexander received funding from the German Foundation for Peace Research to consolidate a research network on the effects of the war on food systems and the environment (more info here) to continue the work on this important topic.

If you would like to know more about the environmental effects of the War in Ukraine, please join us at the GIUB’s “Environmental Pollution Colloquium” on April 23rd at 16:15 in room 002, where Prof Olena Melnyk from ETH will give a lecture titled “Environmental Effects of the War in Ukraine: Spotlight on Soil Damage Assessment and Mapping”.

24 April 2024

Presentation: «Making better ‹breathing pores› – how stomatal form improves plant-atmosphere gas exchange in grasses»

Prof. Dr. Michael Raissig (University of Bern)
Colloquium in Climatology, Climate Impact and Remote Sensing
(14:15 – 15:15, seminar room F-123, Lerchenweg 36 / Unitobler or Zoom Room: Link)
To participate via Zoom, a password is required. The password can be requested via e-mail.

15 May 2024

Bildungs-, Wissenschafts- und Aktivismusräume

Izabel Barros (Doktorandin an derUniversität Lausanne)
Bettina Stehli (Doktorandin am IZFG)
Moderation: Patricia Purtschert (Professorin für Geschlechterforschung und Co-Leitung IZFG)
Public Lecture Series: Gendered Spaces – Art and Science in Dialogue about the Production of Space
(18:15 – 19:45, Aula: Hörsaal 210, Hauptgebäude, Hochschulstrasse 4)

Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (ICFG) and mLAB of the Institute of Geography (GIUB),
in cooperation with art of intervention