The programme's history
In 1986, large amounts of agrochemicals entered the Rhine following a fire in the Sandoz storehouses in Schweizerhalle, resulting in a massive disturbance of the aquatic ecosystems downstream.
The Man-Society-Environment Programme was founded in 1992 as part of the efforts to come to terms with this incident. The programme offered a wide range of interdisciplinary, applied approaches to environmental issues and sustainability in terms of training as well as research.
The programme was incorporated into the University of Basel in 2005. Today, it is part of the department of environmental sciences.