Beatenberg, Switzerland

Science and Policy - How to bridge the Gap?

when 10 July 2023 - 14 July 2023
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee CHF 250

Are you interested in exploring the intersection of science and policy-making? Then, join us for a 5-day doctoral Summer School "Science and Policy – how to bridge the gap?". It will take place in picturesque Beatenberg, Switzerland, from 10-14th July 2023.

Whether you're passionate about how science can lead to evidence-based policy-making during the COVID pandemic, interested in the recent discussions on missing AI regulations, or want to learn how to communicate science to different stakeholders, this summer school has got you covered!

Registration is open now! (Deadline 1st May)
Register on our website.

Course leader

Matteo Grasso, Perrine Robin, Una Pale, Lucie Chanvillard, Pauline Franz

Target group

PhD students of any discipline at a Swiss or European* University

*European continent, not the European Union.

Course aim

Through this five-day program, participants will learn:

1. Why is Open Science (OS) a prerequisite for scientists approaching policymakers and the general public?
2. How do scientists whose research tackles topics of public interest consider policymaking, identify the challenges, and how do they overcome them?
3. How do different stakeholders, such as scientific advisors, journalists and policymakers working for (non)-governmental associations, experience science impacting public decisions?
4. Which formats to communicate science to non-scientific audiences are available, and how can everyone effectively communicate scientific findings to relevant parties?
5. How do public engagement and regulatory frameworks empower scientific findings?

Credits info

2 EC
You can obtain 2 ECTS if you are a PhD student enrolled in an EPFL doctoral program, at ETH Zürich you can obtain 1 ECTS. Credits can be granted to participants who:

- Paid their participation fees
- Followed the entire summer school
- Passed the final examination (group presentation and preparation of a written communication piece)

If you are a doctoral student at a different University/Institute, it is possible to obtain ECTS too. However, you have to make arrangements with your doctoral program.

Fee info

CHF 250: The participation fee is 250 CHF, including accommodation and board.


We do not offer travel or participation scholarships.