The 9th edition of the International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS 2020) will take place from July 2nd to 10th 2020 at the Château de Bossey, an 18th-century manor house located in an outstanding natural environment overlooking Lake Geneva and the French Alps.
This year, the central topic of the summer school, organized by the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, is “Emotions and well-being”. It presents a very exciting opportunity to address the theme in an interdisciplinary manner, with contributions from leading scholars in psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, and the humanities more generally. The school participants will be able to reflect upon the link between emotions and well-being and how their relationship can be investigated from different perspectives. They will explore related themes like definitions and conceptions of well-being, the role of emotions in decision-making, affective determinants of mental health, and the value of well-being and happiness. Participants will include some of the world’s leading experts in emotion and well-being, and a selected group of highly motivated, promising PhD students and postdocs working on such topics.
The list of confirmed speakers includes (as of today):
- Meike BARTELS (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
- Michael BISHOP (Florida State University)
- Catherine HARTLEY (New York University)
- Antti KAUPPINEN (University of Helsinski)
- Dacher KELTNER (University of California, Berkeley)
- Stefano PALMINTIERI (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale & École Normale Supérieure)
- Rebecca SAXE (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
The scientific program for 2020 comprises plenary lectures from leading scholars in the field, discussions sessions and workshops aimed at theoretical integration and fostering new research ideas, and group work in which the students will design an interdisciplinary research project that will be presented and discussed on the last day.
The varied program and its hands-on orientation make ISSAS 2020 highly attractive to young researchers from different disciplines. In addition, they will enjoy an opportunity to form strong professional ties with each other, as well as with the invited faculty members. They can use these contacts to build a substantial scientific network even at an early stage in their careers.
More information (including the application procedure) can be found on the ISSAS 2020 website: here.
ISSAS 2020 Organizing Committee
Florian Cova (Scientific co-organizer); Eva Pool (Scientific co-organizer); Gilles Pourtois (Scientific co-organizer); David Sander (Director of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences); Julien Deonna; Didier Grandjean; Marion Gumy; Marcello Mortillaro; Sandrine Perruchoud; David Sander; Cristina Soriano; Patrik Vuilleumier.