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 are poised to be the Bernese node of the future Swiss Institute of Planetary Science (SIPS) in 2026. We are active in implementing gender equality measures and public outreach.
Center for Space and Habitability (CSH)
Events and Announcements
CSH Interaction Mechanisms & Schedule of Events
Days, times and venues of colloquium, seminars, lectures, group meetings, etc.
CSH Visitor's Wiki
We use the CSH Wiki to coordinate the CSH Visitor's Program, which hosts seminar and colloquium speakers as well as research visitors.
CSH & Bernoulli Fellowships
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.
Research Nodes of the CSH
Organisation of the research activities of the CSH.
Latest News & Press Releases
Major scientific and administrative developments of the CSH.
Public Outreach & Education
The Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) offers outreach events and activities for the public.
CSH Colloquium & Seminar Series
The CSH hosts the Colloquium and Seminar Series for international and local researchers to discuss cutting-edge research at the University of Bern.
Information for CSH Visitors
Travel preparations, reimbursement procedure, etc.
CSH Science & Religion Forum
An annual forum to stimulate constructive discussion between science, philosophy and religion.
CSH Distinguished Lectures
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.
Awards & Prizes by CSH Researchers
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.
ESP Summer School
The CSH hosts the annual summer school of the Exoclimes Simulation Platform, which includes pedagogical theory lectures, a science conference, a beginners' workshop and an experts' workshop.
Exoplanets Conference Series
The CSH is a co-founder (via Prof. Dr. Kevin Heng), along with the University of Cambridge (via Prof. Dr. Didier Queloz), of the Exoplanets Conference Series, which is held every two years: Davos (2016), Cambridge (2018), Heidelberg (2020), Las Vegas (2022), Leiden (2024).
The outreach and education telescope operated by the CSH and observatory manager Dr. Timm Riesen.
Mileva Maric Scheme
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.