The mission of the Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) is to foster dialogue and interactions between the various scientific disciplines interested in the formation, detection and characterization of other worlds within and beyond the Solar System, our search for life elsewhere in the Universe, and its implications for disciplines outside of the sciences. Our members, affiliates and collaborators include astronomers, astrophysicists and astrochemists, atmospheric, climate and planetary scientists, geologists and geophysicists, biochemists and philosophers. We are home to the CSH and Bernoulli Fellowships, which host young, dynamic and talented researchers from all over the world to conduct independent research. We actively run a series of programs to stimulate interdisciplinary research within the University of Bern, Switzerland, including collaborations and/or open dialogue with Medicine, Philosophy and Theology. We have an active tie to the Centre for Exoplanets & Habitability of the University of Warwick. We are active in implementing gender equality measures and public outreach.
Susanne Wampfler and Yann Alibert are the new Co-Directors of the CSH.
Brice-Olivier Demory got awarded a Consolidator grant from the European Research Council (ERC). Because Switzerland is not associated to Horizon Europe for this call, the research project will be funded by the Swiss 'State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).
Days, times and venues of colloquium, seminars, lectures, group meetings, etc.
We use the CSH Wiki to coordinate the CSH Visitor's Program, which hosts seminar and colloquium speakers as well as research visitors.
Designed to match the NASA Hubble Fellowships in duration (3 years) and research support, the CSH Fellowships aim to attract world-class postdoctoral researchers to the University of Bern to develop their independent research portfolios. The Bernoulli Fellowships operate in partnership with Oxford University: Bernoulli Fellows spend 2 years each at the CSH and Oxford for a term of 4 years in total.
Organisation of the research activities of the CSH.
Major scientific and administrative developments of the CSH.
The Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) offers outreach events and activities for the public.
The CSH hosts the Colloquium and Seminar Series for international and local researchers to discuss cutting-edge research at the University of Bern.
Travel preparations, reimbursement procedure, etc.
An annual forum to stimulate constructive discussion between science, philosophy and religion.
The CSH Distinguished Lecture Series brings eminent researchers of international standing to the University of Bern to deliver three lectures: a general talk for physicists, one for specialists and one for the public. Nominations for CSH Distinguished Lecturers may be made directly to the CSH Director.
Public archive of professional scientific papers of the CSH.
Major international and national awards and prizes by CSH researchers.
Led by SNF Professor Brice-Olivier Demory, the CSH is proud to be the lead institution on the SAINT-EX telescope to detect terrestrial exoplanets orbiting red dwarf stars.
The outreach and education telescope operated by the CSH and observatory manager Dr. Timm Riesen.
The Mileva Maric Scheme is a program to help postdoctoral researchers whose careers were interrupted (e.g. by parenthood). It is named after the former wife of Einstein and recognises the role of invisible women in scientific history.
The CSH collaborates with professional graphics designer Jenny Leibundgut to create infographics for the scientific community and public.
Gesellschaftsstrasse 6 (G6)