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Strengthening diversity in working life: G-VERSITY presents its results

Psychology - Jun 14

Gender equality and valuing diversity in the workplace are the key to a just future for our societies: This is the main message of G-VERSITY, a four-year European research project led by the University of Bern. The network presented solutions to achieve this objective at its final conference.

How Islamist Extremists Forge Relationships with Accomplices

The study by a researcher from the University of Bern provides extraordinary insights into the networks of Islamist accomplices in the USA. These are characterized by common socio-cultural features, geographical proximity and ideological affiliation. In particular, the results could well contribute to the fight against terror networks at a local level.

High-performance spectrograph for giant telescope

Astronomy & Space

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has started the design and construction of the ArmazoNes high Dispersion Echelle Spectrograph (ANDES) with

Cosmic rays illuminate the past

History & Archeology

Researchers at the University of Bern have for the first time been able to pin down a prehistoric settlement of early farmers in northern Greece dating back more than 7,000 years to the year.

Hints of a possible atmosphere around a rocky exoplanet

Astronomy & Space

Researchers using NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope may have detected an atmosphere surrounding 55 Cancri e, a rocky exoplanet 41 light-years from Earth.

Climate change in the early Middle Ages triggered by volcanic eruptions in Iceland

Earth Sciences

Icebergs on the Bosporus and a frozen Black Sea: an international study by the University of Bern with the participation of the Austrian Academy of Sciences shows how volcanic eruptions on Iceland influenced the European climate in the early Middle Ages and led to severe winter cooling anomalies.

Health - Mar 19

Fighting heart attack down to the smallest vessels


Researchers in Bern have co-developed and tested a new method to combat the blockage of tiny coronary arteries after a heart attack. The new approach, born from a cooperation of engineers, clinicians, and industry, offers a treatment option to prevent the death of heart tissue after a heart attack, responsible for poor long-term patient health.

New endowed Professorship for Neuromorphic Systems

Life Sciences

With the support of the German Manfred Stärk Foundation for Brain Research, the University of Bern has been able to establish an endowed Professorship for Neuromorphic Systems. The total endowment is 3.6 million Swiss francs and serves to strengthen the successful research in Theoretical Neuroscience at the University of Bern.

First detection of frost on the Solar System’s tallest volcanoes on Mars

Astronomy & Space

For the first time, water frost has been detected on the colossal volcanoes on Mars, which are the largest mountains in the Solar System.

Health - May 29

Leading sleep research continues


A large-scale interdisciplinary research project on sleep at the University of Bern came to an end this year. The findings of this project will benefit the population through various programs and will be pursued further thanks to numerous grants.

Health - May 15

Women are disadvantaged in the Swiss healthcare system


A research report by the Interdisciplinary Center for Gender Studies (IZFG) at the University of Bern reveals unequal treatment of women and men in healthcare in Switzerland.

Life Sciences - Apr 26

Curiosity promotes biodiversity

Life Sciences

Cichlid fishes exhibit differing degrees of curiosity. The cause for this lies in their genes, as reported by researchers from the Universities of Bern and Basel in the journal Science. This trait influences the cichlids' ability to adapt to new habitats.

How Pluto got its heart

Astronomy & Space

The mystery of how Pluto got a giant heart-shaped feature on its surface has finally been solved by an international team of astrophysicists led by the University of Bern. The team is the first to successfully reproduce the unusual shape with numerical simulations, attributing it to a giant and slow oblique-angle impact.

Life Sciences - Mar 11

Our deep sleep reveals how cooperative we are

Life Sciences

Each person has their own sleep profile, which can be identified by the electrical brain activity during sleep. Now, researchers from the University of Bern show that brain waves during periods of deep sleep in a specific area of the brain can be used to determine how cooperative and prosocial a person is in their everyday life.

Decomposition under the microscope

Criminology & Forensics

Researchers at the University of Bern have investigated the process of decomposition on pig carcasses left in nature. The researchers discovered that the previous standard method for assessing decomposition in Switzerland needs to be adapted - with an impact on forensic analysis. The method presented by the researchers aims to better determine the post-mortem interval.

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