CCMX Winter School – Surface Science: Fundamentals, Properties and Selected Applications

The 2019 CCMX Winter School will take place from 27 January to 1 February in Kandersteg, Switzerland and aims to bring together a group of no more than 24 PhD students from various research institutions with backgrounds in Materials Science, Chemistry and Physics. Students will spend an intensive week learning about and discussing fundamental aspects of surface science.

Scientists highly recognized in their fields will cover important aspects of surface science, ranging from fundamentals and state-of-the-art characterization and examination of durability to hard coatings and thin film systems. The lectures will provide the participants with a toolbox applicable to their research projects and future careers, and a solid foundation for advancing the field of surface science.



The course is currently full. Please contact Carey Sargent if you would like to be put on the waiting list.

Bio form to complete

Once you have completed and submitted the on-line registration form, please complete the biography template (2019_CCMX_Winter_School-bio_form) and send it to Carey Sargent. Your registration will not be complete until this form has been returned.

A full week of studies (and fun)

Organized over one week as 9 modules, the Winter School will consist of talks by participants and lecturers in the morning (4 periods), free afternoons for recreational winter sports and networking, and finally talks by participants and lecturers (1 to 3 periods) before dinner in the early evenings. Friday morning is reserved for presentations from industry speakers.


Hotel Alfa Soleil, Dorfstrasse 99, 3718 Kandersteg (hotel website)

Practical Information

This course may be validated for 2 ECTS credits in the doctoral programmes of EPFL and ETH Zurich, after acceptance by the corresponding institution. Full attendance and involvement in the group assignment is mandatory for students seeking credit.

Participation Fees

  • 975 CHF for PhD students from EPFL, ETHZ, Empa, PSI and CSEM
  • 1,200 CHF for PhD students from other institutions and other academic researchers
  • 2,000 CHF for all other students

Accommodation and meals are included in the fees. VAT as well as a bank transfer fee of CHF12 may apply in some cases.