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Swiss Summer School in Palliative Care Research

The National Research Programme "End of Life" (NRP 67) of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the research network “palliative care research switzerland” (pcrs) are organizing a Summer School for doctoral/postdoctoral researchers and academics involved in research projects. The Summer School is intended to strengthen participants’ skills in end-of-life and palliative care research in Switzerland.

The Summer School will foster knowledge exchange and collaboration between disciplines, provide education and training, and serve as a platform for networking and development of new projects in end-of-life and palliative care research.

General information about the Summer School

• Dates: 22 to 24 August 2018
• Place: Murten (Switzerland), Münchenwiler Castle
• Language: English
• Costs: CHF 300.-

• Deadline for submission of projects: 28 February 2018
• Contact person: Claudia Michel,


Target Audience

The Summer School’s target audience comprises doctoral candidates / early postdoctoral candidates and other researchers who wish to deepen their skills in end-of-life and palliative care research. For each topic, there will be an input by experts, followed by a case study session to discuss ongoing research projects. Therefore, researchers are invited to submit descriptions of their projects (details below). Note: Submitting a research project is not a requirement for participating in the Summer School.

Expert Insights and Case Study Sessions

Senior-level international and national researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines have been invited to serve as experts at the Summer School. They will provide insights into their own research and offer advice regarding participants’ projects during case study session.

Contributions are structured according to the following topics (and researchers):

  • Public Health and Palliative Care: Luc Deliens, Ghent University and VUB Brussels
  • Ethics of Decision-Making: Manuel Trachsel, University of Zurich, Samia Hurst, University of Geneva
  • Palliative Care, Chronic Care, and Dementia: Michael Ewers, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Florian Riese, University of Zurich
  • Caring Communities and Family Caregivers: Werner Schneider, Augsburg University, Corina Salis Gross, University of Bern
  • Communication, Rituals, and Spiritual Care: Dorothea Lüddeckens, University of Zurich, Claudia Kohli, University of Bern


The detailed program for the Summer School is now available. You find the program here.


Submission of Project Descriptions

The submission process is closed.


Summer School registration

Those who wish to participate in the Summer School without submitting a project are kindly requested to send an e-mail to Claudia Michel ( they will be informed as soon as registration opens for the Summer School.



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