The theme of the Swiss Climate Summer School 2022 is "Extreme weather and climate: from atmospheric processes to impacts on ecosystems and society place". The Summer School takes place on 28 August – 2 September in Grindelwald, Switzerland and is open to young researchers (PhD and Postdoc) from all fields of climate research.
Oeschger Seminar Series
24 January 2022
OCCR member Ana Vicedo-Cabrera was the lead author of the climate paper most featured in the media in 2021. This is reported by "Carbon Brief", a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. The study on heat-related mortality attributable to climate change was picked up in 865 online news stories by 617 media outlets. The study was also mentioned by 69 blog posts and 1 286 tweets.
18 January 2022
uniaktuell, the online magazine of the University of Bern, presents highly qualified researchers who are supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF with an assistant professorship. For example, chemist and OCCR member Aurea C. Chiaia-Hernández. Her research tracks the transport of pesticides in the environment to study their effects and impacts on aquatic ecosystems and identify threats to human health.
17 January 2022
The OCCR was exceptionally successful in the calls for ERC Starting Grants 2021. Three of the four grants awarded to researchers at the University of Bern went to members of the OCCR. Historian Heli Huhtamaa will receive funding for the project "Climatic impact and human consequences of past volcanic eruptions". The marine scientist Charlotte Laufkötter was awarded for the project "Mechanistic model simulations of the marine biological carbon pump". And ecologist Madhav Thakur received a Starting Grant for "Food Webs and Biodiversity Change in an Extreme World".
21 December 2021
Climate modeller Edouard Davin is studying the cooling effects of urban trees. He also wants to use his research to help solve problems like water shortages in developing countries.
22 November 2021
OCCR member Charlotte Laufkötter has received a highly competitive Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation. "Eccellenza enables researchers to conduct an independent project at assistant professor level with their own team", reads an SNFS media release. In her Eccellenza project, Charlotte Laufkötter will investigate the ocean's biological carbon pump.
2 November 2021
We have already become accustomed to hot summers, which is why last summer seemed particularly cool. For the researchers of "Urban Climate Bern", however, the season was not out of the ordinary. In other words: This summer's measurements also document the consequences of climate change.
15 October 2021
A new study by the OCCR draws attention to a previously neglected group that suffers particularly from climate change: psychiatric patients. In this interview, the three main authors of the study explain why mentally ill people are particularly vulnerable.
23 September 2021
For once, the traditional autumn event of the Mobiliar Lab for Natural Risks did not take place in a lecture hall, but at the scene of an extreme event, in the centre of Zofingen, a small Swiss town which was severely damaged by a torrential thunderstorm rain in 2017.
11 October 2021
Karin Ingold was elected by the OCCR Scientific Committee as the new Vice-President of the Oeschger Centre. She is a professor of political science and heads the OCCR group "Policy Analysis with a Focus on the Environment". Her main research interests are: Policy Analysis, Policy Process Theory, Instrument Design, Environmental Policy and the Application of Social Network Analysis.
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