Research Center for Digital Sustainability


The Research Centre for Digital Sustainability has numerous partners in science and practice:

Institute of Information Systems

Gebäude Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik (IWI)

Information technology is developing at a rapid pace. It changes how people work and how organizations create value. The Institute of Information Systems trains future executives to use the potential of information technology in organizations. In research and teaching, technological trends such as social media, big data, cloud computing and software ecosystems are combined with core topics of business informatics such as e-business, global IT procurement, process management and knowledge management.

Marketing Department

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The Marketing Department deals with teaching, further education, research and consulting. International cutting-edge research will make a lasting contribution to science, students and partners in practice. The Marketing Department is headed by Prof. Dr. Harley Krohmer and includes lecturers, postdocs and doctoral students. On the website of the marketing department you will find information about teaching and further education, current research activities, cooperation with partners in practice and contact information.

Institute for Organization and Personnel


The Institute for Organization and Personnel is a scientifically independent institute of the University of Bern with a national and international orientation. It focuses on the fields of organization and human resources as important components of corporate management. The IOP promotes European and global thinking. It was founded in 1991 by Prof. Dr. Norbert Thom. The Institute is headed by Prof. Dr. Frauke Freifrau Marschall von Bieberstein and Prof. Dr. Andreas Hack.

KPM Center for Public Management

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The Competence Center for Public Management at the University of Bern was founded in 2002. As an interdepartmental unit, located between the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law at the University of Bern, it is committed to cooperation between the disciplines of law, economics and political science. The core products of the competence center in teaching and continuing education are the Master in Public Management and Policy (Master PMP) and a postgraduate programme with a Master's degree (Executive MPA).

Center for Development and Environment (CDE)


CDE is Switzerland’s center of excellence for sustainable development, one of the University of Bern’s strategic research centers, tasked with mainstreaming sustainability throughout the university’s research and teaching. The CDE conducts research and teaching on behalf of a more sustainable world. The aim is to chart pathways to sustainable development and to initiate transformations in line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the Strategy 2016–2021, the CDE offers a blueprint for engaged and transformative science.

Institute of Geography

Beschriftung Geographisches Institut (GIUB)

Founded in 1886, the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern combines human geography, physical geography and integrative geography and conducts a wide range of research in all areas of geography. The institute offers a Bachelor's and a Master's programme and participates in various other programmes.

Università della Svizzera italiana: Faculty of Communicaton Siences

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The Faculty of Communication Sciences offers specialists a solid background for various professional contexts: Mass media, business, public institutions and new technologies. In addition, since 2012 it has offered a comprehensive programme in Italian language, literature and civilisation, coordinated by the Institute of Italian Studies. Because of its identity, intercultural perspective, interdisciplinarity and multilingualism, the Faculty brings together researchers and lecturers from different backgrounds who share a common interest: Communication.

Universität Freiburg: international institute of management in technology (iimt)

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The international institute of management in technology (iimt), as part of the University of Fribourg, is a leading Swiss competence centre for management in technology and is committed to excellent education and research. The vision of the iimt is to develop future game-changers who will have an impact in society, who can face technology-driven challenges and who can provide solutions for identified emerging issues in a global business environment.

ETH Zürich: NADEL - Center for Development and Cooperation

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The NADEL Center for Development and Cooperation at ETH Zurich has been training individuals for careers in development and cooperation since the 1970s. NADEL’s mission is to build and share knowledge for effective policy making that addresses global and local development challenges. This mission is met by offering interdisciplinary postgraduate programs in development and cooperation, by promoting public outreach activities that bridge science and policy, by engaging in consultancy activities, and by supporting research related to development.

Parliamentary Group for Digital Sustainability

The Parliamentary Group for Digital Sustainability (Parldigi) promotes the sustainable and innovative use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and advocates public access to knowledge goods. At present, the group includes 47 National Councillors and Members of the Council of States from the parties SP, FDP.The Liberals, SVP, CVP, Greens, GLP, BDP and EVP. The complete list of members as well as current information on topics of the Parliamentary Group for Digital Sustainability can be found at:

CH Open

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Since its foundation in 1982, the CH Open association has been committed to promoting open and free systems. Its activities focus on further education and the exchange of information among its members. With various events and activities, CH Open promotes the theoretical and practical knowledge of its members about Open Source Software. The events also offer an excellent opportunity to network with others. CH Open is involved in commissions and activities such as eCH, ICTswitzerland and swissICT for Open Source Software.

Digital Impact Network

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The association Digital Impact Network, formerly - ICT Cluster Bern, was founded in 1996 to strengthen information and communication technologies (ICT) in the Bern region. Today, the Digital Impact Network is an association with over 240 members. It promotes digitisation in the capital region of Switzerland (cantons of Berne, Fribourg, Neuchâtel, Solothurn and Valais). The objectives of the Digital Impact Network are the transfer of knowledge between universities and practice, education and training, regional ICT promotion and networking within the framework of the association's numerous events.


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swissICT, the largest ICT expert network in Switzerland, unites providers with users, companies with individuals - independent, neutral, open. Every year swissICT organizes around 80 events for ICT experts, most of them free of charge. Company partners offer dozens of events, always with a discount for members.


Transparency through Open Government Data strengthens the confidence of the population in the state and promotes innovation and competition in the private sector. In Switzerland, the association has taken up the topic, and its board and members are doing pioneering work both nationally and locally. has good international links and functions as the Swiss Chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation. is an independent association affiliated to CH Open.

Swiss Informatics Conference

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The Swiss Informatics Conference (SIK) is an intercantonal, nationwide organisation that brings together the informatics organisations of the federal, cantonal and municipal public administrations and the Principality of Liechtenstein. The aim of the SIK is to promote cooperation in the field of information technology and telecommunications (ICT). The SIK concludes agreements with ICT suppliers. Thanks to these, public administrations have better purchasing conditions in ICT areas and achieve lower procurement costs.

Open Source Business Alliance

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The association forms a community consisting of public administration institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises and leading IT companies in Germany, both in the field of open source software and proprietary applications. The bundling of forces in the OSB Alliance gives the open source scene in Germany a greater weight vis-à-vis politics, public administration and business. An important goal of the OSB Alliance is the continuous strengthening of the trust of industry and administration in open source software.