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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.

Events and Announcements

PhD defense

Beatrice Kulterer's PhD defense will take place on the 17/02/23 at 2pm in B5 (ExWi building, Sidlerstrasse 5). The title of the thesis is 'Characterizing Chemical Complexity during the Early Stages of Star Formation'.

2023/02/17 PhD defense

500 women scientists in the pub

The event will take place at the ONO Bar in Bern (Kramgasse 6). Susanne Wampfler, CSH Co-Director & Eccellenza Professorial Fellow (Astrochemistry), will participate with following talk: Building blocks of life in space.

2023/02/11 an evening of science, games and free snacks.

PhD defense

Andrea Guzman Mesa's PhD defense will take place on the 31/01/23 at 9:30am in B7 (ExWi building, Sidlerstrasse 5). The title of the thesis is 'The diversity of sub-neptune planets'.

2023/01/31 PhD defense

new CSH Directorate

Susanne Wampfler and Yann Alibert are the new Co-Directors of the CSH.

2022/09/06 Co-Director


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