Welcome to the Oeschger Centre!
The Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research is the centre of excellence for climate research of the University of Bern. It focuses on interdisciplinary research in the fields of natural, human and social sciences as well as economics and law.
The Oeschger Centre does not only conduct research of high international standard, but also runs the Graduate School of Climate Sciences offering a specialised, internationally oriented Master's and Ph.D. programme in climate sciences.
6 May 2013: More than 50 years ago Hans Oeschger made science history in Bern with his invention of a C14 measuring device. Now a new instrument for analysing C14 has been inaugurated at the University of Bern. Its extraordinary accuracy will open up new opportunities in climate and environmental research. The driving force behind the project is the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, named after the pioneer.
Does Climate Change Spark Social Unrest in Africa?
An economic decline may trigger violent social unrest in poor countries
ruled by authoritarian regimes. The explanation for this downward spiral
may be found in the ramifications of climate change. Economists of the
Oeschger Centre among them Christian Almer found evidence for
this interaction in their analysis of economic and climatic data from Africa.