From the president

Fortunat Joos

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research. Since its foundation in 2007, the Oeschger Centre has pursued a well-defined goal: to bring together and promote the various fields of climate research within the University of Bern.

Climate research plays a prominent role in the University of Bern's long history. But it was really the Oeschger Centre that successfully strengthened and expanded the exchange between the various research groups, which are rooted in sciences ranging from biology and physics to history and economics. The 200 members of our Centre engage in joint research projects, start new interdisciplinary research initiatives, develop a common infrastructure and offer outstanding education through our specialized master program and our graduate school of climate sciences.

This approach further confirms the pioneering spirit of climate research in Bern and establishes it as one of the hubs in the network of the international research community. The offices of the Oeschger Centre are located next door to the support unit of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and from Past Global Changes (PAGES), an international program aimed at understanding the Earth's past environment.

The Oeschger Centre takes advantage of its international network to explore the Earth's climate and the Earth system. It has become increasingly obvious that man-made climate change is a global problem with varied local consequences. For this very reason, the centre also endeavours to investigate the regional impacts of climate change in Switzerland and thus helps develop measures and adaptation strategies to counter the climatic challenges we are facing today and in the years ahead.

Prof. Dr. Fortunat Joos, President Oeschger Centre