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University of Basel


The University of Basel has state-of-the-art research infrastructures and excellently equipped libraries. The core facilities include cost-intensive infrastructures, which are available in the form of service and technology centers for numerous users or which can be reserved as a shared facility by a specific professorship and used for collaborations. The university collections are the basis for many humanities and social science projects and for exhibits that attract interested individuals from around the world.

Below is a partial list intended as a general overview of the main infrastructures and institutions:

1. Microscopy

2. Genomics and proteomics analyses

3. Bioinformatics and computational biology

4. NMR and MRI technology

5. X-Ray based structural analysis

6. Technology for model organisms

  • Mouse Core Facility
  • Centre for Transgenic Models (CTM)

7. Libraries

  • Basel University Library
  • Basler Afrika Bibliographien
    Namibia resource center – southern Africa library
  • Manuscript collection
    The Catalog of Manuscripts and Archived Materials has undertaken the long-term project of indexing all manuscripts and holdings as well as presenting additional descriptions and scholarly works pertaining to the specific manuscripts.
  • E-Manuscripta
    The E-Manuscripta collaboration between the University Library Basel, the ETH library and the Zurich Central Library is a platform for digitized manuscripts and archival documents from Swiss libraries and archives.
  • E-Codices
    The Swiss manuscript library E-Codices provides access to medieval manuscripts and a selection of early modern manuscripts from Switzerland.
  • E-Rara
    The online E-Rara platform is an ever-growing electronic collection of digitized printed works from Swiss libraries. E-Rara is a national joint project which also involves the University of Basel. Selected documents published after 1830 can now be searched in full text.
  • Basel Mission Archives
    The Basel Mission Archives (Mission 21) is an interdisciplinary center of research that houses resources on missionary, colonial and cultural history, particularly from the Basel Mission’s past spheres of influence in Ghana, India, China, Cameroon and Indonesia.
  • Swiss Economics Archive
    The Swiss Economics Archive (SWA) has been documenting economic history and policy in Switzerland since 1910 and is the foremost center of excellence for economic and business history in Switzerland.

8. Important editions

  • Amerbach Edition
    Completed in 2010, this edition of letter correspondence passed down from three generations of the Amerbach family of scholars is a testimony of humanism and jurisprudence from the 16th century and an important repository of knowledge about the education system and everyday life of the period.
  • Basel Edition of the Bernoulli correspondence
    The correspondence between members of the eminent Bernoulli family of mathematicians and physicists from Basel are edited and available electronically.
  • The works of Jacob Burckhardt
    This major edition in progress encompasses 29 volumes of Burckhardt’s writings on art as well as reproduction photographs of his picture collection and includes new critical Jacob Burckhardt Collected Works. This work in progress is the product of a cooperation between several universities under the leadership of the Jacob Burckhardt foundation in Basel.
  • The late Nietzsche
    The German-Swiss edition project Der späte Nietzsche (The Late Nietzsche) will publish works originating from 1885 to 1889 left behind by Friedrich Nietzsche, marking the first time these works will have been published integrally and true to the original manuscript. The project is part of the critical edition of the complete works (Kritische Gesamtausgabe der Werke – KGW) and documents Nietzsche’s late works on CD and in book form.
  • Critical Robert Walser Edition
    The Critical Robert Walser Edition (Kritische Robert Walser-Ausgabe – KWA) was created to link the print edition and electronic editions and is divided into eight sections with of a total of around 45 volumes. The concept stems from the basic idea of documenting Walser’s work in the form of structured preservation following the text media principle and thus in the manner of his first edition. The KWA is developed by the working groups of the German seminars at the universities of Basel and Zurich.
  • Anton Webern Complete Edition
    The Institute of Musicology at the University of Basel is working on the Anton Webern Complete Edition in the form of a historico-critical edition, which, in collaboration with the Paul Sacher Foundation, edits and publishes pieces as well as unpublished compositions.
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