Mirko Winkel is the coordinator of the mLAB. The artist and curator teaches at the University of Bern and other places with the aim of synthesizing art with scientific research and socio-political concerns.



Susan Thieme is professor of Critical Sustainability Studies at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern. She brought the Global Science Film Festival to Bern and co-developed the Social Learning Video Method. She is co-founder of the mLAB.  MORE



Carolin Schurr is professor of Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Bern. As a feminist geographer, she has developed and experimented with affectual and visual methods to grasp the emotional effects of globalization processes on our intimate lives. She is co-founder of the mLAB.  MORE



Alexander Vorbrugg is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. His research interests include visual forms of research and science communication. He is part of the coordination group of the mLAB. MORE



Laura Perler is a postdoctoral researcher in Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Bern. In her research she investigates inequalities in relation to reproductive technologies and the Swiss asylum system. In her projects she uses audiovisual approaches and collaborates with artists. Together with Mirko Winkel, she is currently organizing a traveling exhibition on egg donation. She is part of the coordination group of the mLAB. MORE



Stefan Brönnimann is a professor in Climatology at the University of Bern. His research focuses on weather and climate reconstruction, climate models, climate dynamics, effects of volcanic eruptions on climate and climate and society interactions. MORE



Elisabeth Militz is an Assistant Professor for Social and Digital Geographies at the University of Innsbruck. As a feminist political and cultural geographer, her focus lies on global/intimate relations and digital transformations. She experiments with affectual and feminist digital methodologies for human geographies. MORE



Adrien Mestrot is a professor in Soil Science at the University of Bern. Part of his research topics is analyzing the biogeochemistry of soils under global change to improve environmental health and food production.  MORE



Nora Komposch is a PhD student and assistant in Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Bern. Her research interests are geographies of the body, care and reproduction, migration and labor, and politics of the global intimate. MORE



Johanna Paschen is a PhD student in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. Her research interests include social and environmental justice, transdisciplinarity and artistic research. In cooperation with the Academy of the Arts Bern, she is involved with the research project EcoArtLab. MORE



Luca Tschiderer is a PhD student in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. His research focuses on alternative practices of work in health- and care related contexts. As part of his PhD project he uses social learning videos as a participatory method towards workers inquiry. MORE


5th Global Science Film Festival 2023: Zurich Edition

In collaboration with the Swiss Science Film Academy, the mLAB presents the 5th Global Science Film Festival. This spring, we celebrate cinema and science in Zurich, Lugano and Basel, and in autumn, we invite you all to Bern for a host of inspiring films and engrossing debates.

Zurich edition dates: 31.3.-2.4.2023

Bern edition, save the dates: 28.10. – 29.10.2023

The Global Science Film Festival is held in different cities in Switzerland since 2017. Festival programs include film screening (feature and short films with the presence of the filmmakers), debates (scientists and filmmakers), and opening & award ceremonies. Impressions of the last Global Science Film Festival can be found here and program details for the spring event can be found here



Films produced in the scope of the Science Film Making Marathons are also shown at the festivals, allowing scientists to communicate their research and reach a broader audience. This year’s award for the best film goes to Sewing Souls by filmmakers YinYin Ma, Eda Elif Tibet, Celestine Mutuyimana, Surangika Jayarathne, Nataliya Borys and Bo Cheng. The film is based on historical trauma and inspired by Celestine Mutiyamana’s (PhD Candidate in Psychology at the University of Zurich) findings and research with Rwandan genocide survivors.

Science Film Making Marathons take place every year in Zurich and are open to Scientists, Postdocs, PhD and Master students enrolled at any Swiss higher education institution. Sarah Hartmann, Postdoc in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern, describes her experience as follows:

The marathon offers scientists a great opportunity to get their first taste of filmmaking. Within three days you go through different phases from pitching ideas, team building, developing a story, creating the storyboard, writing the script, assigning roles, finding shooting locations, organising props to the actual filming and sound recording, and finally cutting and editing in post-production. I really enjoyed working with an interdisciplinary team of scientists with a common interest and being coached by the film makers. It was challenging at times to bring different ideas together and to get a feeling for what was feasible, but also fun to try different options and techniques and discover hidden talents among us. It was a highlight to see our short film on the big screen at the Global Film Festival in Zurich. The event was inspiring in many ways and I am definitely taking the experience with me into my current research project.