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Bern Data Science Initiative «BeDSI» Launch Event

The Bern Data Science Initiative, BeDSI, is a new initiative of data driven research groups and centres of the University of Bern. It is designed to weave a flexible network into the university’s traditional structures to foster the work of data driven research groups. The BeDSI Launch Event will feature talks by BeDSI members from various horizons. Talks will be recorded and broadcasted via streaming. The event will take place on Monday, December 6, 2021, from 3 to 6 pm.

Online event "New frontiers of digital inequality"

The series "Critical Perspectives on Digitalization" of the Vice Rectorate Quality takes a critical look at digitalization. On Monday, October 18, an online event of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) on the topic of digital inequality will take place in this context from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. A keynote lecture by Dr. Jamie Woodcock (Open University London) and a case study from a CDE project will provide insight into ongoing research. In a panel discussion solutions for minimizing digital inequalities will be discussed.

Know the GAP!

Equal participation, representation and women’s empowerment are this year’s topics of the virtual Gender Lecture Series organized by the World Trade Institute. On the 17th of February, Prof. Marilisa D’Amico from the University of Milan will talk about «The Ambivalent Parity – The Constitution and Women’s Rights».


Pandemic and the Global Economy

National policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis have included cooperation replaced by competition, including export restrictions, efforts to re-localize global supply chains, and efforts to regulate the overseas productions of MNEs. In the next workshop of the online series «Pandemic and the Global Economy» by the WTI on 26 June 2020, Joseph Glauber (International Food Policy Research Institute) and Lee-Ann Jackson (OECD) examine «The COVID-19 Pandemic and Trade in Agricultural and Food Products». The format is part roundtable, part general discussion. The workshop starts at 16.30. Please register via e-mail: 


Talking Gender, Equality and Diversity

Dr Patricia Schulz, Former Director of the Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE) and Swiss Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (2011−2018) will hold a podcast lecture on «Progress in and challenges to the rights of women to non-discrimination and gender equality» on 13 May. The speaker will be available for one week after the lecture date to answer your questions.


Prison life behind and beyond bars

How do mass incarcerations transform prisons and surrounding neighborhoods? And how is everyday life in prison and urban communities interwoven? Manuela Cunha, professor for social anthropology at the University of Minho (Portugal), answers those questions in her speech at the University of Bern on February 20, 2020. The event takes place at 10:15 in room 201, main building of the University of Bern.