Summer schools with ETH Zürich

In the frame of the EPFL – ETH Zürich student exchange programme, both institutions gave our doctoral candidates the opportunity to obtain funding and organize their own summer school, together with their colleagues from the ETH Zürich.

All proposals obtained the support of professors from both institutions and the related EPFL doctoral program director. A committee composed of representatives from EPFL and ETH Zürich evaluated the proposals and granted the funding.

In 2019, 6 EPFL – ETH Zürich summer schools will therefore take place between May and September:

Shaping the Future of bioMedicine
12-17 May 2019, Bellinzona (TI)


Computational Methods for Economist: Text analysis and agent-based models
10-15 June 2019, EPFL (VD)

“There has been an explosion of interest in text analysis within the fields of economics, management, and finance. The “Computational Methods for Economists: Text analysis and agent-based models” course will teach doctoral students a range of computational methods in topic modeling, statistical methods for making causal inferences from text and agent-based computational economics. Through a series of hands-on tutorials, the students will also work on real examples with real coding solutions that they can refer back to in future research projects.”


Advanced Electronic Structure Methods in Condensed Matter Physics
July 2019, EPFL (VD)


Human-Centric Perfomance Simulations in Architecture
26-30 August 2019, Dübendorf (ZH)

“humARCH, a summer school jointly organized by ETH-EPFL, poses the notion of computational simulations as an appropriate and integrated method to explore human-space interactions prior to the building construction and in order to support an evidence-based architectural design process that moves beyond intuition, specifically in the topics of daylighting and wayfinding. During an intensive 5-day program students would gain theoretical input and engage in independent learning, group work and exposure to state-of-the-art industry and research based simulation tools. The summer school would include keynotes, dialogues, dedicated workshops and hands-on design sketches where various simulation tools will be utilized and critically discussed for an evidence-based architecture design process.”


Quantitative biology: Bringing the gap between computational and experimental approaches
June or September 2019, tbc


Recent topics in strongly correlated electron systems
August or September 2019, EPFL (VD)


Relational Space/Relational urbanism
11-15 June 2018, EPFL (VD)

“The guiding concept of the summer school is the notion of relational space– the complex space of interaction between human and non-human actors that characterizes today’s hyper-dense, hyper-connected urban landscape. How can we measure and map the increasingly intricate webs of interaction in our cities? How does the idea of relational space change our methods of studying and designing the city?


Optoelectronics on 2D materials
20-25 August 2018, Davos (GR)

“This summer school will give the participants an overview on the research being done on 2D material‐based optics and optoelectronics, starting from a general introduction to finally address the most recent results and future challenges of the field. The topics of the school will cover the optical characterization of 2D materials, the underlying physics of these systems, and their use to study different physical phenomena through optical experiments. These themes will be addressed both from a theoretical and experimental point of view by internationally renowned experts.


Micro and Optical Technologies in Biomedical Science
9-14 September 2018, Fiesch (VS)

“Advances and discoveries in biology and medicine are major targets of current academic and industrial research because of their huge impact on human health. Major developments in micro and optical technologies have been supporting biomedical science for several decades, and they are still growing very fast. With this summer school, we aim at giving an overview of the current landscape in micro and optical technologies that have been proven successful tools for fundamental biological research or medical application. Topics cover: micro-technology, micro-instrumentation, microfluidics, optical microscopy and optical devices. Beyond the technical matter, the school also includes a session on innovation management and a workshop with biomedical companies.


Reproducibility in Computational Sciences
9-13 September 2018, Magliaso (TI)

“This summer school teaches the tools and skills for reproducible research in computational sciences. It is aimed at researchers who regularly deal with digital data and who want to learn how to maximize the quality, impact and lifetime of their scientific results. After attending the school, the students will be familiar with high-quality scientific programming, sharing code and data in a sustainable way, and providing the necessary documentation to understand and reproduce results. The material will be introduced during an intensive three-day program through talks, lectures and hands-on activities.


New Frontiers in Extracellular Matrix Research: From regeneration to immunology, mechanics and soft robotics
9-13 September 2018, Zurich (ZH)

“This ECMatrix summer school aims to bring together key opinion leaders with a focus on giving in-depths insights into current innovations and translational directions of the extracellular matrix research. We have selected four main established and emerging areas of investigation that we believe will shape the future of ECM biology field (namely mechano-, immuno-, regenerative, and responsive-matrix). The scientific program is geared towards an interdisciplinary audience from life sciences, chemistry, engineering and clinical medicine.


Gut Matters: Human Health, Microbiome and Nutrition
12-17 March 2017, Fiesch (VS)

“In our winter school we bring together leading specialists in the field of nutrition and life sciences from industry and academia to discuss the current challenges in research related to the human gut microbiome and nutrition. This school is addressed to PhD students that are interested in or already working on projects related to microbiology or nutrition, willing to expand their knowledge on the latest trends in this area. We will host up to 20 PhD students mainly coming from EPFL and ETHZ. Up to six places will be available to students coming from external institutions.


21-24 June 2017, EPFL (VD)

“The event is jointly organised by EPFL and ETHZ and aims at bringing together students (Master- and PhD-level), academic researchers, and security experts from industry with an interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. The school is co-located with the EPFL IC summer research institute.


“The understanding of the fundamental light-matter interaction via photons, atoms and ions has opened realms of interesting quantum phenomena like macroscopic entanglement, criticality, quantum phase transitions etc. in diverse physical systems ranging from optical cavities and superconducting qubits to plasmonics.


Neurophysiology for Neural and Biomedical Engineering
21-25 August 2017, Zermatt (VS)

“Bring fundamental knowledge of the main experimental tools and concepts in neurophysiology to the community of engineers working in neural engineering, neuroprosthetics or biomedical engineering fields.


Catchment transport processes
2-9 July 2017, Einsiedeln (SZ)

“ETH Zurich and EPFL offer a 5-day summer school on transport processes in hydrology. Participants will learn about physical and chemical processes occurring in the generation and transport of nutrients, data analysis, and modelling techniques. Lectures will cover the following topics: Introduction to transport processes and hydrological models; Water fluxes and transit time in catchments; Carbon and nutrients cycle in soil and rivers; Circulation in lakes.


Exploring edges and beyond
11-14 July 2017, EPFL (VD)

“In order to reflect on the relation between established, emerging and interdisciplinary fields of research, we will encourage new encounters by bringing together a broad spectrum of diverging and sometimes even conflicting disciplines: namely engineering, computer and natural sciences, architecture and artistic research.


Shaping the future of bioengineering
10-16 September 2017, Davos (GR)

“Emerging methods of research, increasing computational powers, and enhanced transport logistics have allowed bioengineering to become the branch of science that unites the competences of specialists from very diverse fields. It exists right at the junction of diverse branches of science, from biochemistry to mechanical engineering and computer science. We have selected a number of topics that we believe are trending in the field of bioengineering and will shape the future of the whole field from the medium-term perspective.


20-24 June 2016, EPFL:
“City & Cognition. Affordance, Enaction and Awarness”

“How do we imagine and conceive space? How do we find our way and navigate the built environment and the landscape? How do we engage with the pressures of life in cities? The Summer School explores the relationship between space and approaches from cognitive approaches providing points of connection for a better integration of the relevant disciplines. Participants in the summer school do hands-on work in interactive workshops, profit from personalized and direct contact with world-renown researchers, develop teamwork skills and improve their writing of interdisciplinary research projects.


25 – 29 July 2016, Gstaad:
“Perspective on photonics: Investigating the route from materials to devices”

“This summer school aims at providing a broad understanding of the materials, devices and spectroscopic characterization techniques that are relevant within the field of photonics. In this perspective, we hope to stimulate communication between the various researchers involved and facilitate collaboration. A range of lectures will be given that will take you down the road from materials to photonic devices.


15 – 20 August 2016, Zermatt:
“Neurophysiology for Neural and Biomedical Engineering”

Bring fundamental knowledge of the main experimental tools and concepts in neurophysiology to the community of engineers working in neural engineering, neuroprosthetics or biomedical engineering fields.


22 – 26 August 2016, Zermatt:
“2D layered materials: Synthesis, Properties and Applications”

“This summer school focuses on the novel two-dimensional layered materials such as graphene and MoS2, their properties and their applications for the future of electronics and optoelectronics. The topics ranging from material synthesis, physical and electrical properties to the device fabrication and applications cover both theoretical calculation and experimental investigations. Attending the lectures and hands on workshops would provide the students with broad knowledge on the design, simulation, fabrication and measurement of systems based on two-dimensional nanomaterials.”


22 – 27 August 2016, Fiesch:
“Healthcare diagnostics in 2025: technological, economical and social perspectives”

This summer school aspires to give PhD students an understanding of the current technological, economical and regulatory environment concerning the field of medical devices and personalized medicine by bringing together key opinion leaders from academia, medicine, established corporations, and young startups.


5 – 9 September 2016, EPFL:
“Advances in Additive Manufacturing for Polymers in Bioengineering, Electronics and Material Science”

“The aim of this Summer School is to give the practical and theoretical bases of Additive Manufacturing and its practice in three different fields: Life Science, Materials Science and Electronics. State-of-the-art and research/industrial cutting edge experiences will be discussed. Lectures will be spaced out with hands-on workshops, such as 3D Scanning and Modeling, and case studies.”


ETHZ Summer schools

Visual Perception, September 13-16th, Villa Hatt Zürich

Fluvial Geomorphology, June 27-July 1st, Losone (TI)

Assembling Cities, June, ETH Zürich

System Models in Life Cycle Assessment, September 5-9th, Grosshöchstetten (BE)

Blockchain, October, ETH Zürich

Translational Robotics for Clinical Rehabilitation, August 28th – September 1st, Brissago (TI)

Understanding complex, real networks, ranging from biological to social and technological, is one of the fundamental challenges of our time. Analyzing and predicting how these networks function can have a significant impact on our everyday life.


summer school on information processing for large networks

summer school on networks and graphs

Key Insights on Networks and Graphs: a summer school on spectral graph theory and distributed computing.


An overview of the exciting field of the study of molecules on surfaces seen from many different points of view. The lectures will range from the study of small organic molecules in ultra high vacuum and at low temperature to experiments performed on biomolecules in liquid, from the synthesis of the molecular units to the theoretical methods that are used to foresee their properties.


organic molecules: experiments and theory meet on the surface

summer school in translational biology

Focus on how fundamental understanding of biological processes and integration of technology can impact human health, how biological research and innovations are translated into clinical use, how biological research may be translated into useful diagnostics, treatments and relevant policies.


– Provide an in-depth view into epigenetic processes with a focus on the molecular level
– Focus on chemical methods to probe and dissect epigenetic processes (including current strategies to develop epigenetic drugs), in combination with structural analyses of molecular complexes involved in epigenetic regulation as well as large scale chromatin organization.


domain-specific programming languages Summer school on the design and implementation of domain-specific programming languages (DSLs). The primary goal of the summer school is to gather knowledgeable people in the area of domain-specific programming languages to share and teach the state-of-the-art.


– Provide an in-depth view of the main experimental tools and concepts in neurophysiology.

– Understand how to use this knowledge to design better prostheses, robots, and treatment for patients.


summer school neurophysiology

summer school anthropology of complexity

Anthropology of complexity is an international PhD summer school that addresses human-made phenomena such as social systems, territories and cities, and social constructs from the perspective of complexity approaches. It is an interdisciplinary platform organized by EPFL and ETH Zürich.