Future Earth Projekte
Future Earth is a global network of innovative researchers, scientists and projects happening across the globe — all working towards making our planet sustainable.
Global Land Programme
GLP is an interdisciplinary community of science and practice fostering the study of land systems and the co-design of solutions for global sustainability.
Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)
The Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) is a platform for international and cross-disciplinary collaboration on the assessment, conservation, and sustainable use of mountain biodiversity.
PAGES (Past Global Changes) supports science aimed at understanding the Earth’s past environment in order to make predictions for the future.
Museum of Natural History
The University of Bern and the Museum of Natural History regularly have joint research projects.
Research on Meteorites
Around 200,000 years ago it must have rained large pieces of ice over the Twannberg and the adjacent Jura heights. And that in rough quantities. Scientists from the Natural History Museum Bern (NMBE) and the Physical Institute of the University of Bern as well as several private meteorite collectors have found around 1000 fragments of an asteroid in the area north of Lake Biel in recent years. The "hunters of the lost treasure", as the NMBE affectionately called the colourfully mixed research crew in a special exhibition on the Twannberg meteorite, were particularly successful at and on the Mont Sujet, where they made up a largely intact strewn field. Due to the existing debris, it is considered certain that the asteroid had a diameter of 4 to 20 meters before the explosion and weighed at least 250 tons. "Such a finding directly on our doorstep is an absolute stroke of luck," enthuses Beda Hofmann.
The NMBE presented some of the fragments at the one-year special exhibition on the Twannberg meteorite, which ended in August 2017. It was the temporary highlight of a project that could spatially shift towards Lake Neuchâtel in the foreseeable future. "There may be a chance there to make more big finds," says Hofmann.
Microscopy Imaging Center (MIC)
The Microscopy Imaging Center at the University of Bern (MIC) is the interdepartmental platform for high-end microscopy. MIC provides access to state-of-the-art imaging techniques for researchers from 19 Institutes of 3 Departments of University of Bern as well as for the external visitors.
Currently MIC manages 60 instruments among which are 46 light, 9 electron, 2 atomic force and 2 meso- and nanoscopic microscopy systems from the leading industrial partners. Current usage of the facility has exceeded 25000 hours per year with more than 250 active users.
The High Altitude Station at Jungfraujoch (46°33´N, 7°59´E) is widely recognized as an important research site because of its unique location, its year-round accessibility, and an excellent infrastructure. The research station is situated at an altitude of 3450 m above sea level, between the peaks of the Jungfrau (4158 m a.s.l.) and the Mönch (4099 m a.s.l.). A second research location, the Sphinx laboratory (3580 m a.s.l.) was constructed in 1937. Because of its altitude, the station is mostly in the free troposphere and is quite insensitive for ground-based pollution sources. The sampled air is therefore representative for the atmospheric background mixing ratios of many constituents which are monitored by several research groups. The infrastructure and support for scientific research are provided by the International Foundation High Altitude Research Stations Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat (HFSJG) which was founded in 1930.