Swiss Doctoral School


The school organizes the following main activities:

Lecture ∼1 hour Once/month
Workshop ∼4 hours Every 2 months
Graduate Seminar ∼4 hours Every 2 months
Summer School ∼7 days Every 2 years

Lectures: Once per month

Speakers in a CISA lecture present a selected topic, followed by discussion with the audience. The lectures are intended to provide a forum for renowned scientists and scholars from varied disciplinary backgrounds who have made a significant contribution in their field of research to the Affective Sciences. Lectures can be held in person, online, on in a hybrid mode.


Workshops: Once every two months

The workshops can have different formats depending on the discipline and/or the topic to be addressed and they have an average duration of 4 hours. Additional reading material may be provided to students prior to the event. Examples of workshops include: round tables about a current research question; students’ presentations and discussion with peers and advanced researchers; tutorials or hands-on demonstrations of particular methodologies for the measurement or analysis of affective phenomena in various disciplines; transversal skills; or career development resources and opportunities.


Graduate seminars: Once every two months

The graduate seminars have an average duration of 4 hours.  The aim of this activity is to introduce students to disciplines and/or broad topics of interest in the study of emotion, in order to provide a common ground of interdisciplinary knowledge and vocabulary for the new generations of affective scientists, whichever their field. These sessions are practical and interactive, providing an overview of an area of interest to the field and ample opportunity for discussion or exercises.


Summer School: Every two years the International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS) is organized by the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences. The school addresses both thematic and methodological issues concerning specific topics of interest for the affective sciences. ISSAS involves extensive teaching (lectures and workshops) and practical group work. The typical duration of ISSAS is 7 days. 


Other: variable periodicity

On occasion, the program organizes additional events such as information sessions, courses, networking events and symposia.


NOTE: All activities (invited lectures, seminars, workshops) can be organized on demand, following the suggestions made by the doctoral students themselves. Private meetings with invited speakers are also possible. To organize one, please write to education-cisa(at)