Climate research immersed in tradition looking to the future

The Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research is a leading institution for climate research based at the University of Bern. It was founded in 2007 and is named after Hans Oeschger (1927-1998), a pioneer of modern climate research who worked at the University of Bern. The Oeschger Centre brings together researchers from eleven institutes and four faculties and carries out interdisciplinary research that is at the forefront of climate research. Only through the co-operation of the fields of natural, human and social sciences as well as economics and law can we find ways to deal with the various levels of global climate change: regionally embedded and globally linked.

The University of Bern has a tradition in climate research that spans more than 150 years and was the leading house of the National Centre of Competence in Research Climate (NCCR Climate). Approximately 40 professors teach and conduct research in various areas that deal with questions on climate change. Approximately 35 PhD theses on climate change are submitted each year.

The Oeschger Centre does not only conduct research of high international standard, but also trains young scientists. The Graduate School of Climate Sciences offers a specialised, internationally oriented Masters degree in climate sciences. This unique graduate degree is carried out in close co-operation with the ETH Zurich.

On the one hand, the Oeschger Centre examines the long-term development and dynamics of the climate system, as well as the present and future climate. On the other hand, the effects of climate change on important land ecosystems as well as on the economy and society are investigated. In particular, strategies are being developed to adapt to and to mitigate climate change.