Critical Sustainibility Studies



Plakat 2nd Global Film Festival

2nd Global Science Film Festival

Science on the big screen: For the first time the Global Science Film Festival takes place in Bern. On the weekend of 16 and 17 November 2019, cineMovie 1 (Quinnie) will be showing 18 current films, including 11 world and Swiss premieres.



For the first time, global politics and science meet on the cinema screen in Bern. The Global Science Film Festival presents feature films, documentaries and short films dealing with current global developments and problems. The festival, which took place for the first time in Zurich in 2017, will take place this year simultaneously in Zurich and Berne. There wait 18 films from all over the world to be discovered, addressing a wide range of different themes such as poaching, paramedics, marriage migration, forest fires and the role of women in science. 11 of the films are world or Swiss premieres.

The Global Science Film Festival will open on Thursday, 14 November 2019 at 7.45 pm. In cooperation with Ethno Kino, the new documentary film Eldorado by the renowned Swiss director Markus Imhoof will be shown. This opening event takes place in the Reitschule cinema. After all the screenings, the audience will be able to talk to filmmakers and scientists in moderated conversations. The award ceremony will take place on Sunday evening.

While Samer Angelone is leading the Zurich Festival, it will be organised in Berne by Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme together with the mLab team of the Geographic Institute of the University of Berne.

The film programme and discussions will take place mainly in English. Films with German subtitles are marked in the complete programme. The film programme including seasons, backgrounds and discussion guests will be continuously updated:


Festival cinema

cineMovie 1 (Quinnie), Seilerstrasse 4, Berne



Full price: CHF 10

Reduced*: CHF 7 

Festival pass: Full price CHF 30 / Reduced* CHF 25

Free admission for students of the University of Berne and young people up to 18 years of age when picking up their tickets up to 30 min. before the performance.

* KulturLegi / AHV+IV / Students



Online Reservation:

On site or by telephone daily from 14.00 h: +41 31 386 17 17



Programm (PDF, 422KB)


Film selected from the film course for the 2nd Edition of the Urban Audiovisual Festival in Lisbon

The film 'Velosituation in Bern' that has been produced by Julian Seiler and Florian Seifert has been selected for the 2nd Edition of the Urban Audiovisual Festival in Lisbon.
The film is a result of the  film course "Film and Geography" that run in the passed semester under the direction of Philipp Eyer. The festival will take place from 28 to 30 June 2019 and is organized by the sociology institutes of the Universities of Lisbon and Porto and the CICS.NOVA interdisciplinary center for social science.


Film schneiden im mLab

introductory course mLab in spring semester 2019

All employees and students who wish to use the mLab (cameras, editing suites, etc.) are invited to attend one of the introductory courses taking place in the spring semester 2019 (see below). There will be a short introduction to the cameras and microphones so that the infrastructure of the mLab can be used.


Next dates: Februar, 27 13:30-14:30; March, 26 15:00-16:00; Mai, 8 13:30-14:30

More information on ILIAS:


Science Film Festival Plakat

Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme im Direktorium der Science Film Academy

The Science Film Academy, initiated by Swiss scientists, has been organising the Global Science Film Festival annually since 2017. The aim is to promote constructive dialogue between filmmakers, scientists and society on global social challenges. From 15 to 17 November 2019, the festival will also take place for the first time in Bern at the Quinnie Cinema.


Das Global Science Film Festival considers films in the following categories:

Feature-length Documentary & Fiction Film (50 minutes or more)

II. Short Film (documentary, fiction, animation and musical videos) (up to 50 minutes)

III. Scientists-as-Filmmakers (up to 30 minutes)


The submission deadline is 1rst of March 2019.

More details on the festival, the submission criteria and the Science Film Academy:



New Teaser mLab (concept/realization: Philipp Eyer)

The mLab is more than just a place with technical infrastructure. It is a co-working space and a place of exchange for students and staff at the Institute of Geography. It enables collaborative work with film, audio, social media and other media formats. Its importance for teaching and research and scientific communication is growing. The mLab promotes creative and productive responses to such challenges.

multimediale Methoden in Forschung und Lehre


Introduction to mLab

All staff and students interested in using the mLab (cameras, cutting places etc.) are welcomed to participate on a short introduction event that takes place on November 29, 13:15-14:15, GIUB 101. There will be an instruction how to work with the cameras and microphones so that you will be able to use this infrastructure for your projects. Please see further information on ILIAS:


Älven min Vän: The River, My Friend. film presentation

film presentation

Älven min Vän is a portrait of the lives of four women and their relationship to the Lule River in Sweden. The film shows the consequences of the forced resettlement of Sami people who were displaced from their land because of the construction of river dams and were alienated from their indigenous culture and way of life (such as reindeer husbandry, clothing, language, food and music). At the same time, the film shows the deep relationship between the women and the river.

idea and realization: Hannah Ambühl

when: 16. Oktober 2018, 12:15 – 13:15 Uhr

where: lecture room 001, Institute of Geography, University of Bern

Älven min Vän: Der Fluss, meine Freundin. Filmpräsentation (PDF, 3.8 MB)


In cooperation with the Institute of Social Anthropology, we conducted a course named “Film VerORTen” – an introduction on filmmaking for field research. This resulted in various short film projects. One of the short film was produced by Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme. In the film discuss the members of the research unit Geography and Sustainable Development the question what they experience while writing for scientific purposes.

While developing the new MediaLab at the Institute of Geography, staff and students elaborate now ways how to integrate film and multimedia also in teaching.

If you have any questions concering the MediaLab, do not hesitate to contact Philipp Eyer (