Training activities

The Education and Training (E&T) Program of the NCCR Affective Sciences organizes the following training activities:

  • CISA Seminar Series
  • Graduate Seminars
  • Professional skills seminars
  • Thematic meetings
  • Annual Research Forum
  • International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS)

All activities (invited lectures, seminars, workshops, courses) can be organized on demand, following the suggestions made by the doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers themselves.

The members of the Graduate School can obtain credit for their participation in the activities organized by the NCCR. Credit can also be obtained from activities organized by another academic institution, such as summer schools, conferences, courses and workshops. Previous approval of the E&T committee is necessary in the latter case, and credit is allocated on a case-by-case basis. Students can also obtain credit through outreach (knowledge transfer) activities organized by the Center.

CISA Seminar Series

Regular CISA seminars are organized at the Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives (CISA) in Geneva, the home institution of the NCCR. The typical duration of each seminar at CISA is 1.5 hours, taking place once or twice per month.  The seminar series is 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. The CISA Seminars are open to the general public.

0.25 credits/ seminar


Graduate Seminars

The Graduate Seminars are teaching sessions by the project leaders of the Center or advanced researchers in their team. They are designed to provide our Graduate School and postdoctoral researchers with a common ground of basic interdisciplinary knowledge in the affective sciences. These seminars are practical and interactive, providing an overview of an area of interest to the field and ample opportunity for debate and exercises. The Graduate Seminars take place once per month and they are compulsory for the members of the GS. The typical duration is 2 hours.

0.25 credits/ seminar


Professional skills seminars

The professional skills seminars are workshops or short courses aimed to further the researchers at the Center in essential academic skills such as academic writing, conference presentation and career planning. The typical duration of a professional skills seminar is 1 to 2 days.

0.25 to 2 credits/ workshop or course


Thematic meetings

Thematic meetings are small workshops or symposia organized around a common topic of interest. This might be the general topic of a project or a specific topic that cuts across a number of projects (e.g. events organized by a Research Focus). The typical duration of a thematic meeting is 1 to 2 days.

0.25 to 2 credits/ workshop or symposium


Annual Research Forum (ARF)

Once a year the members of the NCCR are offered the opportunity to discuss their research with the interdisciplinary panel of scientists comprising the NCCR International Scientific Council (ISC), their fellow researchers at the Center, and the faulty members of the NCCR. The typical duration of the Annual Research Forum is 2 days. Attendance is compulsory for all members of the NCCR.

0.5 credits/ talk or poster


International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS)

A major feature of the Education and Training Program is the International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS), which addresses both thematic and methodological issues concerning specific topics of interest for the postdoctoral researchers in the affective sciences. The ISSAS involves extensive teaching by members of the NCCR and invited faculty members. The typical duration of the International Summer School in Affective Sciences is 7 to 10 days. More information can be found on the ISSAS page.

3 credits

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