Guiding Principle

Art. 1 Institute Culture

  1. The institute’s culture is shaped through
    • Openness, cooperation and generosity,
    • Commitment, result driven research and competitive ability,
    • Flexibility and creativity. 
  2. The institute aims to have a relaxed, motivating and productive atmosphere where employees can develop their skills and can make their contribution.
  3. Constructive criticism is welcome; it should support the further development of the individual and the organization, it should also be objective and never insulting.

Art. 2 Cooperation

  1. The institute sets great value on a good cooperation between the different research groups of the Institute as well as between staff members, both within and between the different research disciplines.
  2. The institute co-operates with other institutes, medical clinics and other organisations both within the University of Bern and elsewhere.
  3. The institute makes an effort to generate productive collaborations and exchanges with leading institutes and universities abroad.

Art. 3 Equal Opportunities

  1. The institute affirms the equality of women and men. It avoids and fights against gender discrimination.
  2. The institute aims to increase the number of women in leadership positions using active measures.

Art. 4 Research

  1. The institute orientates its research around an interdisciplinary, bio-psycho-social understanding of health and illness and integrates quantitative and qualitative methods. The main focus of research is directed towards a sustainable strengthening of the evidence base at all levels of the health care system.
  2. The development, realisation and publication of internationally competitive research projects have high priority.
  3. The board of Directors together with the research group leaders are responsible for the development of the main topics of interest and a medium-term research strategy.
  4. The acquisition of research projects should take into account strategic considerations such as the main topics of interest, the possibility to publish in high-ranking journals, knowledge transfer, the promotion of young researchers etc.

Art. 5 Teaching

  1. The teaching offered by the institute for the study of medicine has the highest priority.
  2. The range of lectures offered is developed together with the University study office, and managed by the institute’s teaching coordinator.
  3. Great importance is placed on the evaluation of teaching by students, and further training in didactics of tutors holding lectures.
  4. The Institute provides a major contribution to post-graduate studies for the Master of Public Health Degree (MPH) from the German-speaking Swiss universities and can also offer other post-graduate courses.
  5. The running of post-graduate courses is coordinated at the institute level and has to cover the costs incurred.

Art. 6 Promotion of Young Researchers

  1. Active support of junior scientific staff (MD, PhD, post doc) has high priority.
  2. The Institute organises regular relevant seminars and courses with lecturers from Switzerland and abroad to support the further advancement of young researchers.
  3. The Institute promotes employees who are working on a thesis (PhD or MD) or as a post-doc and tries to support their participation in relevant courses at other institutions in Switzerland or abroad.

Art. 7 Services

  1. The ISPM can accept service contracts, if they are consistent with the goals and autonomy of the institute, and if they can be fulfilled competently, in due time and in a cost-effective manner.