Research competence centers
Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics (AEC)
The goal of the AEC is to foster high-level research and teaching in fundamental physics. The main focus is on experimental and theoretical particle physics and its applications. Important areas of research include
- Neutrino and astroparticle physics
- Particle physics at high-energy colliders
- Quantum field theory and gravitation
- Medical and other applications
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
The goals of the CDE are defined in six thematic clusters in which the center seeks to generate added value. The CDE strives to attain a level of internationally recognized excellence in specialized sustainability research pertaining to (i) natural resources and ecosystem services, (ii) social, cultural and economic inequality and (iii) land and natural resource governance. It also seeks to be recognized as a center of competence that conducts research on sustainable development using a holistic and integral approach in order to: (iv) analyze the impact of global transformation, (v) establish innovations in the area of sustainability, and (vi) provide training and further education in the field of sustainable development.
Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED)
The CRED aspires to be a nationally and internationally recognized academic center of competence for the analysis, evaluation and shaping of the factors relevant to the development of economic areas and regions. While the work conducted by the researchers at the center is based on scientific methods, it is also clearly related to practical applications. The center also views itself as a scientific point of contact for questions concerning economic development, as well as for applied and policy-focused research and consulting for regional, cantonal, national and international public and private organizations. Further information on the CRED.
Center for Space and Habitablity (CSH)
The primary goal of the center is to create a scientific environment that promotes multi-disciplinary research in the fields of planet formation, development and habitability, and also addresses the origins of life. The experimental, laboratory-supported and theoretical activities that take place at the CSH will provide a framework that will enable researchers at the University of Bern in particular, and in Switzerland in general, to play an important role in the interpretation of measurement data, as well as in the development of future space missions or ground-based instruments.
Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
The Oeschger Centre occupies a clear position in the widely varied field of climate science. Work at the center focuses on the climate system and its interaction with society and the economy. Research centers around four closely linked core areas:
- the long-term development and dynamics of the climate system
- the past, present and future climate
- the consequences of climate change for important land ecosystems
- the effects of climate change on the economy and society, as well as the adaptive and mitigation strategies that can be derived from such effects.