The University of Bern has defined five priority topics in its research activities that are of great social and scientific importance. These are the areas where the University of Bern particularly wants to contribute its expertise. Its position as a comprehensive university creates the foundation to investigate these topics from diverse disciplinary perspectives and in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams.
The University of Bern includes sustainability among its focuses. It conducts excellent disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and teaching with an international focus on topics such as the climate, responding to global change (north-south relations), and the regulation of world trade. The issue of biodiversity and research into resources, particularly water and energy supplies, are also focal points.