Portal Natural Sciences
Our "Portal Natural Sciences" offers support for your studies, research, and teaching. Here, you will find news from the sciences, information about subject-specific events and courses offered by the university library, useful tools for scientific work, and much more.
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Coffee Lectures Science & Medicine
Useful information perfect for a coffee break – join our Coffee Lectures
We offer news and valuable information for your scientific work, covering topics from searching to writing. Short and to the point, in English and without registration. When? We offer two Coffee Lecture sessions per year, one in spring and one in fall. Time? From 1 to 1:15 pm. Where? Online on ZOOM (details below) and also "on demand" at your institute.
Coffee Lecture fall series
10 topics – 10 Coffee Lectures for you:
- Data Stewards: domain-specific research data management support at UniBE. Thursday, 19.10.2023 13:00. Slides (PDF) | Screencast
- Financing Open Access Gold in STEM at UniBE. Thursday, 26.10.2023 13:00. Slides (PDF) | Screencast
- Unveiling bias: going beyond study types. Wednesday, 01.11.2023 13:00. Slides (PDF) | Screencast
- 12 steps to a successful systematic review: from research question to evidence. Wednesday, 08.11.2023 13:00. Slides (PDF) | Screencast
- RefHunter – the database of databases. Wednesday, 15.11.2023 13:00
- Open Access tools. Tuesday, 21.11.2023 13:00 Slides (PDF) | Screencast
- AI tools to start your literature research. Wednesday, 29.11.2023 13:00 Slides (PDF) | Screencast
- BORIS Portal – Research Information at UniBE. Thursday, 30.11.2023 Slides (PDF) | Screencast coming soon
- Make it your own! Personalize your LaTeX thesis with style and class. Thursday, 07.12.2023 13:00 Slides (PDF) | Screencast coming soon
- Chat GPT and literature research: what we have learned so far. Thursday, 14.12.2023 13:00
Get your Coffee Lectures on demand
Do you already know our new service? Book your personal, customized Coffee Lecture on demand:
Have you missed one of our lectures?
You can get slides and screencasts of previous Coffee & Bit(e)s lectures here:
- SciFlow: A Useful Tool for Scientific Writing and Formatting; Dr. Aline Frank, Science Library, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
- PRISMA for Systematic Reveiw Projects: Tips for Researchers; Tania Rivero, Medical Library, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
- Open Access Update: New Rules, New Possibilities; Dr. Andrea Hacker, Open Science Team, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
- Tips for Successfully Leading Your Team in a Systemic Review; Dr. Zayne Roa Díaz, Medical Library, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
- The Risks of Using ChatGPT to Co-Write Your Scientific Paper; Dr. Sampoorna Rappaz, Medical Library, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
- Introduction to BioRender – Not Only for Biologists; Dr. Aline Frank, Science Library, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
- Irreproducible Results in Scientific Articles – Rare Incident or Prevalent Problem? Dr. Nuria Plattner, Science Library, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
- ELN vs. LIMS: How to Make a Choice? Dr. Olga Churakova, Open Science Team, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
- SciFinder – Useful for Every Scientist; Dr. Eri Amsler, Science Library, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
Citing While Writing: Tips to Help You Choose and Use References in Your Scientific Articles; Dr. Kali Tal, Medical Library, University Library Bern: video (screencast)
- Archives of the World Wide Web: How to access the internet of the past; Dr. Nuria Plattner, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) or video (screencast)
- Reference management with EndNote 20: What's old, what's new?; Dr. Marc von Gernler, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) or video (screencast)
- Adobe Stock for Bern University: Make your presentations and communications visually appealing with stock images: Stefan Grosjean, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) or video (screencast)
- Altmetrics: Follow your research output in social media and news; Dr. Michelle Schaffer and Dr. Aline Frank, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) or video (screencast)
- How to promote your research on Instagram? Dos and don’ts of individual science communication; Dr. Gino Caspari, Institute of Archaeological Sciences, University Bern: slides (PDF) or video (screencast)
- Predatory Publishing: Shedding light on the deceptive publishing industry; Anna Severin, PhD candidate at GHS, University of Bern and SNSF; watch the video (slidecast); get the slides slides.
- Journal of visualized experiments (JoVE): How to use it for your research and teaching in the life sciences; Aline Frank, University Library Bern; video (slidecast); slides.
- Open Knowledge Maps: A free and open search engine to create visual overviews of research topics; Silvan Christen, University Library Bern; video (slidecast); slides.
- Post publication peer review: A chance to improve the publication process and scientific literature quality? Nuria Plattner, University Library Bern; video (slidecast); slides.
- The SNSF’s ChronosHub pilot project: A new way to manage your publications from submission to open access and reporting; Andrea Hacker, University Library Bern; video (slidecast); slides.
- Data Visualization: Excel versus Python. When to use which approach? Michael Horn, University Library Bern; video (slidecast); slides.
Search information by subjects
Online publication of scientific articles and research data
Do you have questions about Open Science standards and Open Access publishing? Do you need guidance on how to fulfill the Open Science and Open Research Data requirements of the Swiss National Science Foundation or other funding agencies? The University Library provides information, consulting and courses on online publication, open access, research data management and more:
Spatial information for research and studies
We provide a variety of Swiss geographic data for members of University Bern. Get access here:
Reference management software and courses
Manage your papers and citations professionally. Courses in reference management offered by the University Library can be found here:
Writing tips and courses
Would you like to improve your scientific writing skills? The University Library offers support and courses:
Are you starting a literature search for your studies or research?
Get an overview of relevant tools, i.e., literature search websites, for finding scientific literature at the University of Bern.
Subject-specific and personal support
Our team of subject librarians for the sciences supports you in getting the information you need for your studies and research. We offer consultations and courses upon request.
Feel free to contact us.
Tools und software for your studies and research
The tools and software presented here are free of charge, at least in their basic version.
Are you missing a specific tool for your studies or research? Do you have questions regarding the tools presented below? Just let us know: email@example.com.
Analysis, statistics, graphics and data management
The R Project for Statistical Computing
R is a powerful and free software environment and programming language for statistical computing and graphics.
ANACONDA data science platform
Anaconda package manager and environment manager for Python and R: Anaconda is a free, multi-functional toolset for data science applications. It facilitates package management of Python and R libraries and enables the effective use of programming environments and software packages.
Documentation and installation: Anaconda Individual Edition
SciFlow makes it easy to write and format scientific texts - whether for a specific journal or as a student paper. The University Library of Bern has licensed SciFlow for the entire UniBE campus.
LaTeX is a text processing software which allows for clean formatting and embedding formula in your text. Especially useful for writing research articles in the exact sciences.
Plagscan is a plagiarism checker tool, which can be accessed via Campus account. It is able to scan all common file formats for potential plagiarisms.
Access PlagScan: University of Bern plagiarism checking portal
BioRender offers thousands of icons and many templates for creating scientific figures in minutes. Ideal to illustrate, e.g., cellular processes, lab techniques and experimental settings.
Literature search tools for the sciences
Here, we provide an overview of relevant tools, i.e., literature search websites, for finding literature in the sciences.
Reference management software
These computer programs assist you in literature reference management and citation:
- Mendeley: Get your Mendley account (free of charge; all operating systems)
- Zotero: Download Zotero (free of charge; all operating systems)
- EndNote: Registration for the online version EndNote Basics (free of charge, limited functionalities*; Windows and Mac)
- Citavi: Download Citavi Free (free of charge, limited to 100 titles*; only for Windows)
- BibTeX: Download BibTeX (free of charge; to be used with LaTeX)
- BibDesk: BibTeX user interface with useful functionalities (free of charge; for OS X)
*Full version: members of University of Bern use their Campus-Licence (Citavi) or get discout for licences in the softwareshop.
Courses in reference management offered by the University Library can be found here.
Useful links for Open Science and open access journals
Distinguish yourself in research! ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a unique identifier for academic authors.
Here, you can register for your own ORCID.
The Altmetric-Plugin allows you to easily display altmetric data for electronic articles that have a DOI. Using the Altmetric Explorer you can get detailed information about the online dissemination of research at article, author, group and institutional level.
Contact and consultation
Our subject librarians for the sciences
If you need further information regarding library services for the sciences, please do not hesitate to contact us:
We provide personal consultations upon request
Our consultation hours provide individual and subject-specific support, on site, by phone, email or videoconference.
Team subject librarians for the sciences
- Name / Titel
- Dr. Aline Frank
- Subject librarian biology and ecology, agriculture, forestry and domestic economy, coordinator subject librarians in sciences
- +41 31 684 89 75
- Name / Titel
- Dr. Lisa Kattner
- Subject librarian physics and astronomy, mathematics and statistics, computer science, technology
- +41 31 684 89 75
- Name / Titel
- Dr. Eri Amsler
- Subject librarian geography, geology, chemistry, biochemistry and general natural sciences
- +41 31 684 88 61