Bernese Award for Environmental Research


Main Prize

The Commission for the Bernese Award for Environmental Research presents the Main Prize 2007 ex aequo to Dr. Thomas Breu, Coordinator of the NCCR North-South and research associate at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), Institute of Geography, University of Bern, and to Dr. Michael Schaub, Head of Population Dynamics of the Sempach Ornithological Institute, and assistant professor in the Department of Conservation Biology at the Institute of Zoology, University of Bern.

Both works represent outstanding scientific achievements on key environmental problem areas – sustainable use of resources in poor mountain areas and maintaining biodiversity. Taken together, they are particularly good examples of the range of potential and complementary contributions to better understanding and solving environmental problems.

Recognition Award

The Recognition Award this year goes to Loretta Muller, PhD student at the Institute of Anatomy, University of Bern, for her thesis “Nanoparticle-related Oxidative Stress on Human Lung Cells: The Effects of Carbon Nanotubes, Diesel Exhaust Particles and Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles on the Cell Types A549, AM, DC and Triple Cell Co-Cultures”.

The Rector of the University of Bern with the laureates of the Bernese Award for Environmental Research 2007/08. L-R: Prof. U. Würgler, L. Müller, Dr. M. Schaub, Dr. T. Breu. Photo: Manu Friederich, © University of Bern, Communication Office