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

7 September 2020

European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for Christoph Oberlack

For his project “Is environmental justice necessary for human well-being? Comparative analysis of certification schemes, inclusive business, and solidarity economy strategies (COMPASS)”, Christoph Oberlack of CDE and GIUB, University of Bern, has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. The project examines the role of environmental justice in enabling certification systems, inclusive business models, and solidarity-economy strategies to enhance the well-being of smallholder producers. In particular, it investigates the value chains of coffee and cocoa in Peru and Switzerland.

15 September 2020

Dr. Marcin Rataj

Interview with Post Doc with Swedish Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research Institute

CRED Post Doc researcher Dr. Marcin Rataj shares his research with Swedish Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research Institute. In an interview he talks about the importance of social capital for entrepreneurship in rural and peripheral regions. He also addresses how recessions – such as the corona crisis – expose the need to balance support for incumbent firms on one hand and nascent entrepreneurs on the other hand. The former already provide jobs the latter can bring new activities into regional economy. Link to interview.

9 October 2020

Logo better science

GIUB signs the Better Science Initiative

The Institute supports the Better Science Initiative, which calls for a rethinking in academia towards more sustainability, diversity and equal opportunity. We invite other institutes to also sign up and to implement the 10 calls to action:

21 October 2020

Presentation: «Characterizing and detecting climate signals in observations and models using statistical learning»

Dr. Sebastian Sippel (ETH Zurich)
Colloquium in Climatology, Climate Impact and Remote Sensing
(14:15 – 15:15, Zoom)
Zoom Room: Link

22 October 2020

Master Presentation

  • Joëlle Kämpf
    «Bern – Eine Stadt in ihrer Umwelt»
    (12:45 – 13:45, lecture hall 001, GIUB)
    Limited number of visitors! Therefore you have to contact the speaker in advance.

22 October 2020

Presentation: «Wenn Dinge vom Himmel fallen: Raketentrümmer in Kasachstan als imperialer Schutt»

Christine Bichsel (Fribourg)
Sustainability Forum 2020: Ecological Transformations in Eastern Europe
Unit Critical Sustainability Studies and Swiss Library of Eastern Europe (SOB)
(18:15 – 19:45, lecture hall 001, GIUB)

27 October 2020

Tactical Map(a)tivism: Webbasiertes countermapping in der politischen Geographie

Lea Bauer (Leipzig University, Leipzig)
Berner Humangeographisches Kolloquium
«Participatory Methods in Geography»
(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 HS 2020 (PDF, 192KB)