The Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR) is one of the University of Bern’s strategic centres. It is a leading institution for climate research and brings together researchers from fourteen institutes and four faculties. The OCCR carries out interdisciplinary research that is at the forefront of climate science.
The Oeschger Centre 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. Since more than a decade, the OCCR has been building a unique interdisciplinary research environment that addresses one of the greatest challenges of human kind. At the interface between physics, geography, biology, chemistry, history, economy, political sciences and philosophy exciting new questions arise that require scientific inquiry. Thereby the OCCR aims at understanding the complex Earth System and its global response to perturbations in the past and the future. The OCCR counts approximately 300 members. In their research, they focus on the impact of climate change on humans and ecosystems and think deeply about the human dimensions of these unprecedented changes.