About the MSE
The Man-Society-Environment (MSE) program deals with various aspects of the sustainable management of resources. One focus is on the protection and the sustainable use of water and aquatic ecosystems, including considerable research on fish and other aquatic organisms. Another focus is consumption and energy. Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches characterise our research and teaching.
The MSE program is in charge of the natural sciences courses for the Master's degree in Sustainable Development MSD at the University of Basel and heads the transfaculty Sustainable Development program TQNE.
In 1986, agrochemicals entered the Rhine following a fire in the Sandoz storehouses in Schweizerhalle and massively disturbed the aquatic ecosystems downstream. The MSE program was founded in 1992 as part of the efforts to come to terms with this incident. The program took interdisciplinary applied approaches to environmental issues and sustainability in training as well as in research. The program was incorporated into the University of Basel in 2005 and is now part of the Department of Environmental Sciences.