CAS Light and Chronobiology (in Planung)

OrtBasel, North West Switzerland, Schweiz

The "CAS Light and Chronobiology" aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the role of daylight in human behaviour, psychophysiology, neuroendocrinology and clinical applications. The course will also highlight the importance of daylight in the built environment for office users, schoolchildren or the elderly in care homes.

The course will bridge the gaps between research streams that have not yet been integrated into a functional, holistic and sustainable whole. Such a functional entity is urgently needed to determine biological and psychological daylight needs. The CAS will thus provide the essential foundation for understanding daylight and its effects on people from different perspectives, in order to subsequently teach and guide a wide range of practitioners and research users, including building scientists, lighting designers and engineers, educators, policy makers, and medical and health professionals.

Students will gain a deeper understanding of the effects of light on human circadian rhythms and sleep-wake behaviour, endocrine measures and metabolism, cognitive performance and well-being, and the role of daylight in affective disorders. They will also be given insight and practical training in the fundamentals of daylight research in the laboratory, field and clinical settings.

Except for three workshops, the course will be held online.

The main topics are:

  • 1. Light and its importance in everyday life
  • 2. Light and its physiologically relevant measurement and quantification
  • 3. Light and chronobiological treatment modalities in the clinic
  • 4. Light in the built environment
  • 5. Light and chronobiology in industry


  • Kick-off event and final workshop in Basel, Switzerland
  • One module (2 day workshop) in-person in Basel, Switzerland
  • During the last months, students will independently write a CAS thesis on a topic of their choice which is closely related to one of the modules of the CAS.
  • Students will present their written theses in an oral presentation during the last workshop.

Target audience: The course aims to enrol students and interested experts from the fields of human biology, psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, as well as from social and building sciences, including architects, light designers, engineers and physicists.

Eligibility: Students must have a university degree or occupation or planned occupation in a field relevant to the course. In exceptional and reasonable cases, candidates may be admitted to the course if they can demonstrate an adequate professional background and relevant qualifications.

The course language will be English.

  • Prof. Dr. Christian Cajochen, Director of Studies
  • Dr. habil. Mirjam Münch, Chair of the Study Program Commission

The course content is taught by lecturers from the University of Basel and other universities in Switzerland and abroad, as well as practitioners in the field.

Integrative Human Circadian Daylight Platform
Centre for Chronobiology
University Psychiatric Clinics (UPK)
Wilhelm Klein-Strasse 27
CH-4002 Basel

Nadja Schaubhut, MSc, Course Coordinator
nadja.schaubhut [a] unibas[.]ch

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