GeoBits - showcasing our activities

What are GeoBits?

GeoBits are activities that showcase the research and other endeavours taking place at the Department of Geography and illustrate the breadth of geography as a discipline. They communicate interesting elements (small ‘bits’) of our research or work to a wider audience. Once a week, one group of the department presents a GeoBit over lunchtime in the Irchel Lichthof. 

The format of the GeoBits is deliberately very open, ideally, it will be interactive and engage the audience. And it will be in German or English. Activities include, but are not limited to, exhibitions and displays, videos and slide shows, experiments, interviews with passers-by, role-play, demonstrations, etc.

The main audience are the “inhabitants” of Irchel campus – mainly university staff and students that pass by over lunchtime, but also the public visiting Irchel campus.

Where and when?

University Irchel Campus, Lichthof Y24-G-100 
Always on Tuesdays over lunch time from 11:00 to 14:00

Due to the coronavirus pandemic no GeoBits can take place in spring semester. We will inform about the new dates in autumn asap.

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TBD: 'Moving' glaciers


Have you seen a glacier ‘move’? Do you want to be ‘moved’ by our glaciers future? Then come and see!

TBD: Agriculture 2100: Will climate change affect Swiss cows, milk, chocolate?

grazing tibet

How will Swiss agriculture look like in future warmer, drier einvironment of 2100? Come and find out in small model grassland ecosystems!

TBD: Uncovering the secrets of landscapes


Landscape features such as trees, rock boulders or soils hide many secrets of past events. We show you how these mysteries can be revealed.

TBD: Glacier monitoring - from point measurements to global information


The World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) collects standardized observations on changes in mass, volume, area and length of glaciers with time. We will give insight in in-situ measurements on the ice (by demonstrating an ice drill) and illustrate the global picture. Glacier data are key variables in climate system monitoring!

TBD: Observing water from space

observing water from space

Water use efficiency in agriculture, water flow in forest ecosystems, algal composition in lakes and the ocean, all this can be measured from space! You are interested how? Just come and see!

TBD: Space, Nature & Society: Wo wir forschen und was wir tun

street vendors

Wie werten und bewerten Menschen ihre Umwelt? Wie eignen sie sich natürliche und öffentliche Räume an? Und wie können wir diese Prozesse erforschen?

TBD: Das unsichtbare Wasser unter uns


Grundwasser ist für uns meistens nicht sichtbar aber umso wichtiger als Lebensgrundlage. Wir zeigen eine Sandbox zur Visualisierung verschiedener Grundwasservorkommen und wichtiger Prozesse.

Planned dates in autumn term 2020

15.09.2020: tba
22.09.2020: tba
29.09.2020: tba
06.10.2020: Crowdsourcing landscape information (Y13-G-100 !)
13.10.2020: tba
20.10.2020: tba
27.10.2020: tba
03.11.2020: tba
10.11.2020: tba
17.11.2020: Digitalisierung in der Arbeitswelt
24.11.2020: tba
01.12.2020: tba
08.12.2020: tba
15.12.2020: tba