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VISL - Virtual Insel Simulation Lab

About Us

Welcome to the Virtual Insel Simulation Lab.

Simulations are a proven tool in medical education. New immersive technologies combine the advantages of classical simulation training with resource-efficient, repeatable, standardised clinical training "on demand".

Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual Reality (VR) creates an immersive simulated environment using software and a head-mounted device (HMD). VR, more than any other technology that has ever existed, offers the unique opportunity to make the user believe they are in a different environment. Debriefing and auto-generated feedback ensure a lasting learning experience. Thus, even rare, complex or elaborate emergency scenarios can be learned and trained in a safe virtual environment.

Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR)

Augmented Reality (AR) offers the possibility of projecting virtual information and structures over physical objects to enhance or change the real environment.

Mixed Reality (MR) is the fusion of real and virtual worlds to create new environments and visualisations in which physical and digital objects coexist and interact in real time.

Our Mission

At VISL we are dedicated to the use of these modern techniques in the field of medical education, further education and training. In addition to the practical development of VR simulation scenarios with the help of our partner companies, we also focus on research on and with VR in the field of medical teaching and on its transfer into medical practice.

Male doctor in his officeusing a Virtual Reality Glasses looking at a virtual heart.
Das ist das VISL

No matter whether for development for simulations, as a contact person or partner, we are active in diverse areas.

ProjeCts And sKills

Within the scope of VISL, we have already implemented several projects and strengthened our competences.


As a competent institution, we involve diverse technologies to be efficient and convincing.

Our Learning Plattform

As part of our lecture at the University of Bern, we have made an open source learning platform available. You can find the platform at: enotfallmedizinlearning.ch

online Courses

Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Sauter, MME is Head Physician at the University Emergency Centre of the Inselspital and Endowed Professor of Telenotfall Medicine at the University of Bern and heads eEmergency Medicine, the Department of Telenotfall Medicine and eHealth at the University Emergency Centre. For years, he has been working both scientifically and in practical application on the opportunities and risks of the digitalisation of emergency medicine, especially in the area of telemedical applications and virtual reality in the clinic as well as in education and training.

Thomas Sauter

Dr. med. Tanja Birrenbach, MME, is a senior physician at the University Emergency Centre of Inselspital. As part of a postgraduate programme, she was awarded a Master in Medical Education (MME) from the Universities of Bern and Illinois at Chicago. She has long been involved in education and training, including clinical guidelines, ultrasound training, and simulation-based training. She leads the Virtual Reality Simulation group in the Department of Digital Emergency Medicine at the University Emergency Centre of Inselspital.


Dr. rer. nat. Juliane Kämmer, Dipl.-Psych., is a Senior Researcher at the University Emergency Centre of Inselspital. In 2013, she completed her doctorate in psychology at the Humboldt University in Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. She then researched and taught as a PostDoc at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the FernUniversität in Hagen, Charité-Universitätsmedizin and as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Bern. In her research on team decisions under uncertainty and diagnostic quality, she combines theories and methods from psychology, cognitive science and medical education research. In our team, she leads the project "Team Training and Team Evaluation", which is part of the EU-funded MED1stMR project. As part of her work, she is also involved in teaching.

Juliane Kämmer
Team Expert

Rafael Wespi completed his Master's degree in Psychology at the University of Zurich, where he already worked extensively on the topic of training and further education of students. In our team, he now takes care of the conceptualisation of new studies and designs in the field of medical education. His PhD focuses on the topic of objective team performance evaluation in a virtual or mixed reality.

RAFAEL WESPI Psychology PhD Student 

Sarah Rickenbacher-Frey, MD, is a master's student in the postgraduate Master of Medical Education (MME) programme at the Universities of Bern and Illinois at Chicago.  She is a senior physician at the interdisciplinary emergency department of the Cantonal Hospital Olten and former senior physician at the university emergency centre of the Inselspital. Her commitment to the technical possibilities in the field of medical teaching was already evident in the Bachelor's degree programme in Health Science and Technology in the Science of Human Health at ETH Zurich. 

Sarah Rickenbacher-frey

Prof. Dr. med. Wolf Hautz, MME, is a head physician at the University Emergency Centre. His research focuses on understanding decision-making in acute medicine and specifically on research to avoid diagnostic errors.

Wolf Hautz

Nicola Travaglini is an e-coach at the ILUB of the University of Bern. He supports the senior physicians in the technical implementation and realisation.

Nicola Travaglini

Raphael STuber
Medicine Dissertant 

Florian Bühlmann
Medicine Dissertant

Lukas Schwendimann
Medicine Master Student 
Seraina Häni Medicine Master Student 
Simon Schober Medicine Master Student 
Britta Haupt Psychology Bachelor Student