Organization Intermediate Staff Association


In our MVUB newsletter we inform our members about the latest MVUB activities as well as news from the university support network for young and advanced researchers

We regurarely send newsletters (approx. every 8 weeks) to inform you about upcomming events, whats happening in higher education politics, and news from within the MVUB (eg. vacancies in university committees). We also inform you about international events relevant to the intermediate staff, and further education opportunities, for which our members sometimes have attractive fee reductions. 

Below you will find the latest newsletter. Older newsletters can be found by navigating to "all newsletters".

Newsletter November 2023

About us

Our Co-President Daniela Feller on working at the MVUB: "The opportunity to gain experience in university politics is invaluable."
Wanted: new Co-President
As Co-President of the MVUB, you are responsible for the management and coordination of the association. You will also lead the monthly board meetings and act as a superior to the office management. You represent the association both inside and outside the university - for example to the university management, the Department of Education and Culture or the media. Can you always rely on your good communication skills and are you a team player? Then get in touch with us! Read the full job advertisement (German) here. For further information, please contact Sandra Zumbrunn, Head of Office.

Latest News

New: MVUB caregiver grant
Application for cost sharing for childcare tasks, exclusively for MVUB members.
All further information and the application form can be found under MVUB - Funding - MVUB caregiver grant:
University: Funding - University of Bern (

The MVUB participated in this year's Sustainability Day of the Bernese Universities on 03.11.23 with an interactive session on the topic of A sustainable career in science - compatibility of career and care work. We will take up the topics discussed again in upcoming events, for example Mental Health. If you still have input on the topic of sustainable careers, please contact the office:

Our events

Online event
Lunchtalk with Andrea Hacker, Bern University Library: When a good thing goes bad: questionable publishing practices of (big) publishers, Tuesday, November 14, 2023
online (Zoom), 12:30 p.m. Information and registration

Input presentation Career perspective: "Departure into the art world" Dr. Anita Haldemann, Head of Art & Science, Deputy Director. Tuesday, November 21, 2023 from 17:15-18:00 in the UniS, room B-105, followed by an Apéro. Information and registration (event is held in German)

Good to know


The employment of doctoral students includes special regulations in the event of accident/illness and disability. Inform yourself beforehand how you are covered and think about your (retirement) provision.
Working hours during the doctorate are recognized by the disability insurance in the same way as housework. The MVUB has clarified this with the IV (disability insurance). If you have any questions, you can contact the office at any time:

Are you moving on?

Leaving the University of Bern? You will lose your e-mail account and only have two weeks to transfer your e-mails. Contact your institute beforehand if this should lead to difficulties.


Having a say at the national level: Actionuni
Actionuni is the umbrella organization of Swiss mid-level faculty associations and has an important say at national university policy level. The MVUB is currently looking for a delegate. If you are interested, please contact Sandra Zumbrunn.


Initial telephone consultation for MVUB members
Once a month, Martin Widmer, MLaw, lawyer, is available for brief telephone consultations on employment issues from 16:00 - 17:00 on tel.
031 684 88 98: next appointment: November 29, 2023.
This service is free of charge for MVUB members. Non-members will be charged CHF 100.

Further training

Vice-Rectorate Teaching: Skills for the (digital) future
You will receive short inputs from experts and deal with topics such as AI chatbots or fairer algorithms.
Study: Skills for the (digital) future - University of Bern (

News Flash

Science et cité: New! Plattform SciComm Courses CH
On the newly developed SciComm Courses CH platform, you will find for the first time an overview of numerous training courses, courses and events for education and training in the field of science communication in Switzerland. It is aimed at researchers, communicators in higher education and science as well as organizations that offer courses in science communication. The platform was created in partnership with the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, SNIS, the ETH Board, SUPRIO, Gebert Rüf Stiftung, MAZ, Reatch and the Swiss National Science Foundation

Europe und Erasmus+ Media release of 13.10.23
The Federal Council aims to reassociate Switzerland with Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ in 2024 Medienmitteilung

Horizon Europe: transitional measures
In 2024, the Confederation will provide a maximum of CHF 84 million to replace the Starting and Consolidator Grants of the European Research Council (ERC).
Horizon package: Confederation funds further transitional measures for mono-beneficiary projects (


SERI special report: Open Access publications, 2008-2020
The number of Open Access publications is growing steadily: 60% of research results published in Switzerland appear OA. Network Future, News October 2023  

OECD report: Options and recommendations for reorganizing career pathways for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers outside universities.
Promoting diverse career pathways for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers | en | OECD
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