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


Exhibition: Making Babies in Bern

An exhibition on egg donation and reproductive politics based on the research of Laura Perler, with photographs by Tamara Sánchez Pérez. Curator: Mirko Winkel.

When: November 25th, 2022 – January 14th, 2023

Where: Kornhausforum (Gallery 2nd floor), Kornhausplatz 18, 3011 Bern

Opening hours: Tue–Fri 10 am–7 pm, Sat 10 am–5 pm, Sun 11 am–4 pm, Monday closed

More information: HERE

Free admission

Opening: Thursday, November 24th, 2022

5 pm: Panel discussion. 

After a short lecture on egg donation and the Spanish reproductive market by Taleo Stüwe (physician, collaborator Gen-ethisches Netzwerk e.V., Berlin), a panel discussion will take place, moderated by Carolin Schurr (GIUB). Laura Perler, Tamara Sánchez Pérez (photographer), Alba Cambeiro Cernadas (egg donor portrayed in the exhibition) and Sabina Rhyner (egg recipient portrayed in the exhibition) will discuss egg donation in Spain. The event will be held in German and Spanish, with simultaneous translation and is a collaboration with the association biorespect.

6 pm: Opening with apéro



(Still) prohibited in Switzerland, permitted in other countries: egg donation. The exhibition “Making Babies? Egg Donation and Reproductive Politics” explores this reproductive technique and its social, ethical and economic implications. It features photographs, audio and video documents on the subject, created as part of Laura Perler’s research. The exhibition is linked to the project Reproductive Geopolitics of the Cultural and Social Geography Group at the University of Bern. It is accompanied by a workshop and discussion program that seeks feminist answers to pressing questions.


The exhibition portrays the lives and motivations of egg donors from Spain and visits laboratories and surgery rooms at a reproductive clinic. Spain is a leader in Europe in assisted reproduction in general and in egg donation in particular. People with an unfulfilled desire to have children also travel there from Switzerland to become pregnant via egg donation. In the exhibition, visitors get to know one such recipient, as well as a young woman who was born through egg donation. The political discussion on the issue of legalization is highly topical: just recently, in September 2022, the Swiss Council of States approved to consider the legalization of egg donation in Switzerland. Accordingly, the topic is also being discussed in the media, such as in a Swiss radio program that mentions the exhibition.

The exhibition was sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the University of Bern, and the Branco Weiss Fellowship.