Summer School (ISSAS)



The International Summer School in Affective Science (ISSAS) is one of the core education activities organized by the Education & Training program of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA). This interdisciplinary school is organized around a topic of common interest to the various disciplines involved in the affective sciences. Past editions have been devoted to the development of emotion, emotion elicitation, emotion communication, emotion and action, emotion regulation, emotion and morality, aesthetic emotions, and emotions in fictions and virtual worlds. Our next edition will focus on another important transversal topic: emotions and well-being.

The school presents a very exciting opportunity to address the theme of ‘emotions and well-being’ in an interdisciplinary manner, with contributions from leading scholars in psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy. The school will be a great opportunity to explore related themes like definitions and conceptions of well-being, the role of emotions in decision-making, affective determinants of mental health, and the value of well-being and happiness. Participants will include some of the world's leading experts in emotion and well-being, and a selected group of highly motivated, promising PhD students and postdocs who are working on such topics.

The summer school consists of a series of traditional, theme-specific lectures and workshops to develop certain topics and skills. Furthermore, an important part of the week will be dedicated to interdisciplinary group work where students will be encouraged to use their own knowledge and the resources of the summer school to design a novel project to either theoretically or experimentally further the themes covered at ISSAS. A social program will also be offered to make the summer school not only intellectually enriching, but also an excellent place to make new contacts and friends.