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 & Bit(e)s
Coffee & Bit(e)s – the coffee lectures for scientists in Bern
Coffee, sweets, and useful information for free – attend our coffee lectures at your institute or library.
We offer news and valuable information for your scientific work, covering topics from poster design to machine learning. Short, to the point, and offering you a chance to win this year's Coffee & Bit(e)s lottery. The lectures are given in English. No registration is needed. When? We offer two coffee lecture sessions per year, one in spring and one in fall (see below). Time? Always from 15:15 to 15:30 pm. Where? Normally at several science institutes and libraries in Bern, currently online on ZOOM (details below).
Coffee & Bit(e)s in June 2021 – online lectures
Our program for the upcoming Coffee Lectures will soon be announced here.
The Coffee & Bit(e)s Lottery
You have the chance to win a price (a surprise!) by the end of our current Coffee & Bit(e)s year. Before Christmas, we will pick a ticket from our lottery (mail)box. Thus, do not forget to post your ticket when you attend our coffee lectures - or to send us your feedback by email. You can join several times, which increases your chance of winning. Note: We will use your email address only to inform you in case that you win the lottery. We do not use your data for any other purposes.
Previous lecture notes
You can get the slides of previous Coffee & Bit(e)s lectures here:
- Data visualization with Python: generate beautiful plots with pandas and matplotlib, by Michael Horn, subject librarian, University Library Bern
- How to find money for your research project? Swiss and European third money funding instruments, by Annette Jäckel, grants advisor, University Bern
- Can we trust Wikipedia? A critical look a the free encyclopedia, by Nuria Plattner, subject librarian, University Library Bern
- Paying for Open Access? Read & Publish and the University's new Open Access Fund, by Andrea Hacker, Open Science Team, University Library Bern
- Shortcuts and tricks with reference management software: a deeper dive into Litlink and Zotero, by Philipp Casula, subject librarian, University Library Bern
- Useful databases for Geography: there is more than Web of Science and Scopus, by Silvan Christen, subject librarian, University Library Bern
- Search Engines: Google alternatives and why you would want to use them, by Nuria Plattner, subject librarian, University Library Bern
- New geodata services for the University of Bern: slides (pdf) and video recording, by Silvan Christen, subject librarian, University Library Bern
- Ten tips to improve your scientific writing, by Kali Tal, lecturer academic writing, University Library Bern
- Open Science Update: Read & Publish and OA Fund, by Andrea Hacker, Open Science Team, University Library Bern
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:
Information about genomes, proteins and more
We provide support in searching for literature, genome and protein information for the life sciences. See our services 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.
For further information, one-to-one teaching or group courses and literature searching for the sciences, please contact us.
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.
What is your favorite tool for your studies and research? We are happy to take up your ideas for this website (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
KNIME is a multi-functional tool for data analysis and visualization. It is easy to use due to its graphical interface.
Computer program: You will find more information about KNIME here.
E-book: KNIME Essentials, perform accurate data analysis using the power of KNIME, G. Bakos, Packt Publishing 2014 (full text within Uni Bern network)
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
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.
For group courses and one-to-one teaching in literature search in the sciences, please contact email@example.com.
Reference management software
These computer programs assist you in literature reference management and citation:
- Mendeley: Download Mendeley Desktop and 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 Endonte Basics (free of charge, limited functionalities*; Windows and Mac)
- Citavi: Download Citavi Free 6.4 (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.
The different tools of Altmetric are shown here.
Use Prezi to easily create innovative and interactive presentations online.
Organize your work
Netvibes allows you to customize your web starting page with your personal RSS web feeds and more: "Your Personal Dashboard. See everything that’s happening: News, social media, favorite websites, apps and smart devices, all in one Dashboard."
Registration for Netvibes
Diigo is a bookmarking tool for collecting and managing websites, notes, pictures, and links.
Registration for Diigo
Toodledo helps you to establish to-do-lists and to take notes: "Toodledo is a flexible and multi-functional tool that will improve your productivity."
Registration for Toodledo
These programs are helpful to collect, order and easily refind your notes, documents or pictures:
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 (details below).
We provide personal consultations upon request
Our consultation hours provide individual and subject-specific support. Consultations currently take place by phone, email or videoconference due to Corona virus measures.
Team subject librarians for the sciences
- Name / Titel
- Dr. Aline Frank
- Subject librarian biology and ecology, agriculture, forestry and domestic economy
- +41 31 631 89 75
- Name / Titel
- Dr. Nuria Plattner
- Subject librarian mathematics, physics, astronomy, computer science, technology
- +41 31 631 89 75
- Name / Titel
- Silvan Christen
- Subject librarian geography and geology
- +41 31 631 88 41
- Name / Titel
- Dr. Michael Horn
- Subject librarian natural sciences in general, biochemistry, chemistry
- +41 31 631 89 75