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Department of Geography

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, in front of Y25-H-38
In fall semester 2020 on Tuesdays over lunch time from 11:00 to 14:00.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, GeoBits had to be cancelled from October 2020.

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29.09.2020: Virtual Reality & Comics for Teaching

virtual reality

Experience the impact of climate change on Aletsch glacier in VR and learn about using comics in teaching!

29.09.2020: 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?

13.10.2020: EGEA Zurich: The Western Regional Congress - Living Between Nature and Civilisation

EGEA Zurich: The Western Regional Congress

EGEA is an European geography association for students and young geographers with over 90 cities participating. Zurich organises one of the five congresses next year. We show you our plans.

CANCELLED: "Here’s looking at you, kid" – Studying human wayfinding behaviour

human wayfinding behaviour

Our interactive GeoBit on eye tracking demonstrates how we measure and analyse a navigator's gaze during a simple indoor wayfinding task to make inferences about cognitive processes during navigation and wayfinding.

CANCELLED: Understanding the earth system with games and data

Games allow us to study the social-ecological interactions as well as understand behavioral responses to many of the challenges to the sustainability of our planet. Want to play?

CANCELLED: 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.

CANCELLED: 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!

CANCELLED: Digitalisierung in der Arbeitswelt

CANCELLED: 'Moving' glaciers


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

CANCELLED: 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!

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