Discovering new worlds
The University of Bern causes a stir in 2019 both in the field of particle physics and space exploration. On December 18, the CHEOPS space telescope from Bern successfully embarks on its journey into space.

Key Area

Matter and the universe

The university conducts cutting-edge research in theoretical and empirical particle physics, the origin of life as well as in the field of the formation and development of planets and their capability of sustaining life. In 2019, the University of Bern shows Switzerland and the world what it can do and its achievements in these areas: 

  • Researchers from the University of Bern discover rare-Earth metals in the atmosphere of an exoplanet for the first time in 2019.
  • The Mars camera CaSSIS, built in Bern, supplies the world with spectacular, high-resolution color images of the surface of Mars.
  • The American research center Fermilab signs an agreement with the University of Bern on neutrino research – the first time with a Swiss university.
  • In the summer, the university organizes a science festival, “Bern in Space”, and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, in which the University of Bern’s solar wind sail played a major role, with the residents.
  • And last, but not least, there are celebrations for the successful start of the CHEOPS space telescope which from now on will be looking for a “twin Earth” outside our solar system.