The Department of Environmental Sciences (DUW) with its five sites and four external sites covers the two big research areas Integrative Biology and Earth Sciences. In 2022, the DUW comprises 17 professorships and one Eccellenca-Professorship of the SNF as well as more than 200 employees. The DUW offers study programs in Biology, Geosciences, Integrative Prehistory and Archeological Science, and Sustainable Development as well as the Transfaculty Cross Section Program Sustainable Development. Furthermore, it is possible to do doctoral studies in various fields.


Department Management

Oliver Heiri Leitung

Prof. Dr. Oliver Heiri

Phone: +41 61 207 08 02

[Translate to English:] Walter Salzburger

Prof. Dr. Walter Salzburger

Phone: +41 61 207 03 03

Executive Management

The Offices of the Executive Management are in the Bernoullianum, Bernoullistrasse 30, ground floor.

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Sonja Zürcher

Managing Director
Office: 031
Phone: +41 61 207 36 14

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Dominique Wyss

Safety Officer
Office: 030
Phone: +41 61 207 34 48

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Joëlle Zweiacker

Office: 030
Phone: +41 61 207 39 14

Verena Sicking

Verena Sicking

Operations Coordinator
Office: 013
Phone: +41 61 207 23 36

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Marianne Petrucci

Dezentrales HR
Office: 030
Phone: +41 61 207 16 89

Jelena Rajkov

Dr. Jelena Rajkov

PhD and PSC Coordination
Office 013
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Organs of the Department

Departement Assembly

Departement Assembly

The Assembly represents the Departement and its members as a whole and consists of the following factions (voting weight in percentage for the entire faction)

I) all Professors with exeption of non-tenure track assistant professors and "Titularprofessoren"(faction I)(50%)
II) non-tenure track assistant professors, "Titularprofessoren", private lecturers, PhDs and Postdocs (=research associates) (faction II)(20%)
III) research assistants (=„Assistierende“) (faction III)(10%)
IV) administrative and technical staff (faction IV)(10%)
V) students (faction V)(10%)

The Assembly meets at least once per semester

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Teaching Committees

The Teaching Committees are responsible for the conception of the degree program and for all questions concerning tuition.

Teaching Committee Biology:
Biology BSc, Animal Biology MSc, Molecular Biology MSc, Ecology MSc, Plant Science MSc, Infection Biology/Epidemiology MSc
Chair: Prof. Dr. Walter Salzburger

Teaching Committee Geography / Geosciences:
Geosciences BSc, Geosciences MSc, SLA I + II
Chair: Prof. Dr. Dominik Fleitmann

Teaching Committee Integrative Prehistory and Archaeological Science:
Integrative Prehistory and Archaeological Science BSc and MSc
Chair: Prof. Dr. D. Verena Schünemann

Teaching Committee Sustainable Development:
Sustainable Development, MSc
Coordination: Camelia Chebbi