The AIUB carries out research in fundamental astronomy, satellite geodesy, gravity field determination, space weather, space debris search and monitoring. In the academic curriculum the Astronomical and the Physical Institutes of the University of Bern offer the astronomy and astrophysics modules in the bachelor and master programs of the university of Bern.
Combining observational skills and theoretical work has tradition at the AIUB. Modern observations are performed at the Zimmerwald observatory. The observation methods include astrometric positions of natural and artificial celestial bodies, distances, and distance differences of artificial Earth satellites.
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EGSIEM (European Gravity Service for Improved Emergency Management) is a Horizon 2020 funded project.
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The Center for Orbit Determination in Europe (CODE) operates since 1992. It consists of the Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern (AIUB, Bern, Switzerland), the Swiss Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo, Wabern, Switzerland), the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG. Frankfurt a. M., Germany), and the Institut für Astronomische und Physikalische Geodäsie, Technische Universität München (IAPG/TUM, Munich, Germany).
The Bernese GNSS Software is maintained and developed at AIUB. It is used for all GNSS related research activities at the institute. Moreover, this software package is used by several hundreds of other institutions worldwide.