An important goal of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences is to train the new generations of affective scientists. Therefore, a major effort is devoted to the Education and Training Program (E&T), designed to foster scientific quality and creativity among talented researchers in the affective sciences. The program is also open to confirmed scholars, already advanced in their own disciplines, who wish to acquire knowledge in complementary disciplines, as well as competence in interdisciplinary research.

The E&T Program coordinates the activities and functioning of the Doctoral School and Postdoctoral Program of the Center. The goal in both cases is to promote an interdisciplinary approach towards affective phenomena without losing the disciplinary specialization required for a professional career.

The E&T Program offers a variety of training activities throughout the year and financial resources for the members of the Doctoral School. Additionally, it organizes activities for the members of the Center and the academic community at large. The most important of them is our
International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS), open to students and postdocs in the affective sciences from all over the world.

The E&T program is coordinated by Dr. Cristina Soriano, with the support of the Administration team and the Management Team of the Center.


Upcoming events 2017-2018:

You may also be interested in... Archives Jean Piaget Seminars

Lectures offered in the context of the Archives Jean Piaget and organized in collaboration with the CISA (SDS in Affective Sciences students can validate Lecture credits attending these events)

You may also be interested in... Thumos Seminars

Seminars of the genevan research group on emotions, values and norms (SDS in Affective Sciences students can validate Lecture credits attending these events). Transportation expenses to attend Thumos seminars can be reimbursed to the SDS students too.

You may also be interested in... Brain and Cognition Seminars

Lectures offered by the Geneva Neuroscience Center (students of the SDS in Affective Sciences can validate Lecture credits attending these events)
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Past events



  • Tim Wharton. 26.06.2018. Cisa, Campus Biotech. Language and emotion: the problem of expressive meaning [more]
  • Carolyn MacCann. 05.06.2018.Cisa, Campus Biotech. Is emotional intelligence involved in appraisal, coping, and emotion processes? [more]
  • Jan Plamper. 22.05.2018. Cisa, Campus Biotech. Sounds of February, Smells of October: A Sensory History of the Russian Revolution [more]
  • Donatella Puliga. 27.03.2018. Cisa, Campus Biotech. Musing on the 'malaise' and depression in Roman culture. Some food for thought [more]
  • Anna Alexandrova. 27.02.18. Cisa, Campus Biotech. What (not) to trust in the science of well-being [more]
  • Bas Verplanken. 23.01.2018. Cisa, Campus Biotech. Habit: From Overt Action to Mental Events [more]
  • Gilles Pourtois. 28.11.2017. Cisa, Campus Biotech. Effects of goal relevance and mood on performance monitoring [more]
  • Riikka Rossi. 03.10.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. On the poetics of disgust in naturalist fiction [more]
  • Carlos Crivelli. 19.09.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. On Extraordinary Claims Requiring Extraordinary Evidence: Basic Emotions Theory and the Doctrine of Facial Expression Universality [more]
  • Brian Knutson. 13.06.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. Anticipatory affect and the neural prediction of choice [more]
  • Joseph J. Campos. 08.06.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. The Epigenesis of Fear in Human Infants [more]
  • Colin Leach. 06.06.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. Police Force | Black Protest: Tracing systems of appraisal, emotion, coping [more]
  • Aaron Meskin. 09.05.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. Dual character art concepts. [more]
  • Annekathrin Schacht. 25.04.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. Impacts of Associated and Inherent Emotional Salience on Visual Sensory Processing: Evidence from Event-Related Brain Potentials (ERPs) [more]
  • Jeanne L. Tsai. 05.04.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. Cultural Variation in Ideal Affect: Implications for Decision Making, Well-Being, and Social Judgment [more]
  • Lawrence Zbikowski. 17.03.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. Metaphor, Emotion, and Music [more]
  • Alexandra Balahur. 06.02.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. How to identify public emotions? Detecting needs and motivation-related arguments in the media [more]
  • Shiro Kumano. 03.02.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. Computational Model for Inferring How an Individual Perceives Others’ Affective States [more]
  • Linda Steg. 31.01.2016. CISA, Campus Biotech. Intrinsic motivation to engage in pro-environmental actions [more]
  • Sebastian Berger. 13.12.16. CISA, Campus Biotech. Could we eat insects? Using behavioral science to promote entomophagy. [more]
  • Marta Borgi. 01.12.16. CISA, Campus BiotechAnimal appeal: features underlying children’s attraction to animals. [more]
  • Seth Pollak. 13.09.2016. CISA, Campus Biotech.The Emergence of Children's Emotions: Learning, Development, Biology, and Risk. [more]
  • Jason Rentfrow. 14-06-2016. CISA, Campus Biotech. Measuring Psychological and Behavioral Processes with Mobile Sensors.
  • Beate Seibt & Thomas Schubert, 10-05-16. CISA, 12:15-13:15pm. From the folk concept ‘being moved and touched’ to the theoretical emotion ‘kama muta’: Theorizing and data on a social emotion and its causes. [more]
  • Claus Lamm. 11-03-2016. CISA, Campus Biotech. Shared representations and self-other distinction as two essential components of empathy. [more]
  • Jesse Prinz. 19-01-16. CISA, 12:15-1:15pm. Aesthetic Sentimentalism. [more]
  • Eran Halperin. 09-02-16. CISA, 12:15-1:15pm. Direct and Indirect Emotion Regulation in Intractable Conflicts: A New Path for Conflict Resolution. [more]
  • Michiko Sakaki. 10-11-15. CISA, 5-6:30pm. Effects of emotion on memory: the role of top-down control. [more]
  • Thomas Pavel. 27-10-15. CISA, 12:30-2pm. Loyalty and Contempt. [more]
  • Angeline Lillard. 16-10-15.CISA, UNIMAIL - MS040, 2:15-6pm. Why is Montessori a Facilitative Environment for Theory of Mind?” [more]
  • Hillel Aviezer. 14-10-15. CISA, UNIMAL - MR160, 4:15-6pm. Millionaires in agony: Affective vocalization to winning the lottery. [more]
  • Hanna Pickard. 29-09-2015, CISA, 12:15-1:15pm. Addiction, Denial, Disorder [more]



  • Patrik Vuilleumier. 05.06.2018. CISA, Campus Biotech. Introduction to Affective Neuroscience
  • David Konstan. 15.01.2018. CISA, Campus Biotech. Emotions in History.
  • David Sander. 05.12.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. Psychological theories of emotion.
  • Julien Deonna & Fabrice Teroni. 03.10.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. Introduction to philosophy of emotion.
  • Sylvain Delplanque. 21 & 23.06.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. Psychophysiological measures.
  • Katja Schlegel & Marcello Mortillaro. 07.04.2017. University of Bern, Fabrikstrasse 8, 3012 Bern, Room B201. Emotional Intelligence: Theory, measures, applications.
  • Fabrice Clément & Danny Dukes. 27.03.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. Affective social learning.
  • Sascha Frühholz. 24.02.2017. Zürich. The production of emotional expressions.
  • Tobias Brosch. 31.01.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. Behavioral Insights and Nudges [more]
  • Mohammad Soleymani. 30.11.16. CISA, Campus Biotech. An Introduction to Affective and Sentic Computing. [more]
  • Andrea Samson. 06.09.2016. CISA, Campus Biotech. Sense of Humor from an Affective Science Perspective
  • David Rudrauf. 03-05-16. CISA, Campus Biotech. Introduction to methods and signal processing in experimental psychology, psychophysiology, neuroimaging and electrophysiology. [more]
  • Corrado Corradi Dell'Acqua. 11-03-16. CISA, 2-4pm. "The anatomy of Empathy: evidence from cognitive and affective neuroscience" [more]
  • Kerstin Preuschoff. 26-05-15. CISA, 4-6 pm. "Identifying neural networks of decision making under uncertainty" [more]
  • Edouard Gentaz. 10-3-15. CISA, 10-12 am. "The development of emotional facial expression discrimination by newborns and infants in the first year of life" [more]
  • Aglae Pizzone. 11-2-15. CISA, 4-6 pm. "Greek emotions from Athens to Byzantium: current research and future perspectives" [more]
  • Achim Elfering. 28-1-15. CISA, 4-6 pm. "Occupational Sleep Psychology: Role of Social Stressors" [more]



  •  Psychophysiology measures. 23.12.2017. With Sylvain Delplanque. CISA, Campus Biotech
  • "Meta-analysis workshop". 18.12.2017 & 19.12.2017. With Judith Hall. CISA, Campus Biotech
  • "Structure your presentation to build an impactful talk". 12.05.2017. With Samuel Lagier. CISA, Campus Biotech
  • "Design slides and present your data". 12.04.17. With Samuel Lagier. CISA, Campus Biotech
  • "Introduction to Machine Learning". With Ben Meuleman. 03.03.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech
  • "Job market skills outside the academia". With Adoc Talent Management - 22 & 23-10-15. CISA
  • "Scientific illustration software". With Laura Symul. 24 & 31-08-15. CISA, 1:30 -5:30 pm
  • "Neuroimaging meta-analysis". With Simon Eickhoff and Danilo Bzdok.15 and 16-4-15 [more]
  • "Scientific Illustration". With Laura Symul. 26-1-15. CISA, 9 am - 6 pm [registration]



  • "Emotions and Relevance". With David Sander, Tim Wharton & Constant Bonard. 26.06.2018. CISA, Campus Biotech [more]
  • "Affective artificial agents as models for affective science and psychology". With Ana Paiva, Alexandre Alahi & David Rudrauf. 09.04.2018. CISA, Campus Biotech. [more]
    "Well-being workshop". With Anna Alexandrova.
    27.02.2018. CISA, Campus Biotech. [more]
  • "Workshop on Reward processing". With David Sander, Eva Pool, Sven Collette, Ewa Miendlarzewska. 28.11.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. [more]
  • "Workshop on emotional expression production and recognition". With Didier Grandjean. 19.09.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. [more]
  • "EEG-iEEG-NIRS methods and emotion research". With Annekathrin Schacht. 25.04.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. [more]
  • "Metaphor, visual imagery and emotions". With Lawrence Zbikowski. 17.03.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. [more]
  • "Learn to design (psycho-)education through play". With Adam M. Lobel. 13.02.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech. 
  • " Olfaction & Emotion". With Christian Margot, Camille Ferdenzi & Valentina Parma. 06-10-16. CISA. 1:45-5:45pm [more]
  • "Development of emotion in children and adolescents". With Fabrice Clément, Martin Debbané, Andrea Samson & Marie Schaer. 13.06.2016. CISA, Campus Biotech. [more]
  • " The role of emotions in conflicts - perspectives from psychology, political sciences and field work". With Eran Halperin, Simon Hug & Maud Roure. 09-02-15. CISA. 2:00-5:30pm
  • "Affective Pathologies". With Hanna Pickard - 29-09-15. CISA, 2:15-4:15pm.



  • Cade McCall.17-7-15. CISA, 11 am. Proxemic Imaging: A Method for Visualizing Nonverbal Behavior during Social Interactions. [more]
  • Julien Zanetta & Sylvaine Guyot. 8-6-15. CISA, 4:30-7:30. Theme session "Literature and Emotion". Julien Zanetta, Concealing Emotions, Sylvaine Guyot, Racine Reconsidered: Magnetic Bodies and Emotions on/of the Tragic Stage. [more]
  • Andrea Scarantino. 6-5-15. CISA, 5-6:30 pm. How To Do Things With Emotions: Introducing Affective Pragmatics. [more]
  • Tobias Greitemeyer. 1-4-15. CISA, 5-6:30 pm. How playing video games affects social outcomes. 
  • Gerben van Kleef.18-3-15. CISA, 5-6:60 pm. Emotions as agents of social influence. [more]
  • Marwan Sinaceur.18-2-15. CISA, 5-6:30 pm.- Cancellation
  • Mohamed Chetouani. 4-2-15. CISA, 5-6:30 pm. "Machine perception and robotics for understanding interpersonal synchrony" [more]
  • Batja Mesquita. 21-1-15. CISA, 5-6:30 pm."Cultural differences in emotions are adaptive" [more]
  • Bob Knight. 19-1-15. CISA, 5-6:30 pm. "Insights into frontal lobe function from intracranial recording in humans" [more]
  • David García.17-12-14. CISA, 5-6:30 pm."The digital traces of individual and collective emotions" [more]
  • Michael Lacewing. 10-11-2014. CISA, 5-6:30 pm."How are unconscious emotions possible?" [more]
  • Patricia Bestelmeyer. 24-10-2014. CISA, 5-6:30 pm."Paralinguistic aspects of human voice perception" [more]

Annual Research Forum 2018. 07.02.2018. CISA, Campus Biotech.

Learning, Brain & Emotion. 03.11.2017. CISA, Campus Biotech.

Doctoral Student Day. Organized by Swiss Doctoral School in Affective Sciences. 06.09.2017. Campus Biotech.

Symposium "Affective social learning". 25 - 27.06.2017. L'Aubier, organic & ecological hotel, Montezillon, Neuchâtel.

Conference "Negative emotions: The good the bad and the ugly". Organized by Thumos and CISA. 30&31- 5-17. CISA, Campus Biotech

Colloque The Arts and the emotions / Les arts et les émotions: Organisé par le CISA et le département de français moderne

Annual Research Forum 2016 - 3 & 4-03-2016. CISA, Campus Biotech.

Launching - Swiss Doctoral School in Affective Sciences. 15-09-15. CISA, 09:30am - 15:00pm. Registration required.