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.

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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.

>> Research program at MSE before 2005 (german)

The programme was incorporated into the University of Basel in 2005. Today, it is part of the department of environmental sciences.

>> From the MSE Programme to the Master's in Sustainable Development