Summer School (ISSAS)

ISSAS 2021 (formerly 2020)

International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS)

Emotions & Well being

 July 2-10, 2020 NEW DATES: July 1-9, 2021
Chateau de bossey, Switzerland



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the summer school has been postponed to July 2021. Please see our COVID-19 policy for further details.

The central topic of the next summer school organized by the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, is “Emotions and well-being”. It presents a very exciting opportunity to address the theme in an interdisciplinary manner, with contributions from leading scholars in psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, and the humanities more generally. The school participants will be able to reflect upon the link between emotions and well-being from different perspectives.


The list of plenary speakers for 2021 includes:

  1. Meike BARTELS (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) (to be confirmed)
  2. Michael BISHOP (Florida State University)
  3. Carsten DE DRU (Leiden University)
  4. Catherine HARTLEY (New York University) (to be confirmed)
  5. Antti KAUPPINEN (University of Helsinski)
  6. Dacher KELTNER (University of California, Berkeley)
  7. Stefano PALMINTIERI (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale & École Normale Supérieure) (to be confirmed)
  8. Raffaele RODOGNO (Aarhus University)
  9. Rebecca SAXE (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (to be confirmed)
  10. Wolfram SCHULTZ (Cambridge University, UK) (to be confirmed)
  11. Anita TUSCHE (Queen's University, Canada)
  12. Patty VAN CAPPELLEN (Duke University)
  13. Carmelo VAZQUEZ (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)


The scientific program comprises plenary lectures from leading scholars in the field, discussions sessions and workshops aimed at theoretical integration and fostering new research ideas, and group work in which the students will design an interdisciplinary research project that will be presented and discussed on the last day.


The varied program and its hands-on orientation make ISSAS a highly attractive to young researchers from different disciplines. In addition, they will enjoy an opportunity to form strong professional ties with each other, as well as with the invited faculty members. They can use these contacts to build a substantial scientific network even at an early stage in their careers.


We look forward to meeting you at ISSAS next year!