The ESC doctoral program brings together PhD students of the School of Criminal Justice (École des Sciences Criminelles – ESC, University of Lausanne) as well as any PhD student from a university delivering a PhD in forensic science or criminology. The aim of the program is to allow PhD students to develop their network as well as generic cross-disciplinary skills for successfully conducting their PhD research, but also to prepare them to their professional career. This objective is achieved by offering specialized workshops and activities, at the University campus as well as in the frame of a summer school in the Swiss Alps. The proposed activities promote the active participation of the PhD students, for example by allowing them to present their work through lectures and posters sessions.

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10 – 13 September, 2018
For whom?
PhD students in forensic science and criminology
How much?
CHF 579.00 in a shared double room, CHF 784.00 in a single room
Non-credited course, Certificate of Attendance delivered
In 2018, we are honored to host the following speakers:

Pr. Simon Cole, Professor of Criminology, University of California Irvine (USA)





Dr Micaela Crespo-Quesada, Open Access Coordinator, Deputy to the vice-rector of research/international relations, University of Lausanne (SWI)





Dr Rutger Leukfeldt, Researcher, Netherland Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (HOL)





Dr Sheila Willis, former Director General of Forensic Science Ireland (IRL), Researcher, NIST (USA)





You can also find the list of past speakers here.

International PhD students from a university delivering a PhD in forensic science or criminology.
Please note that participants will be asked to present a part of their PhD research orally or through a poster.

In the past years, participants were coming from many different countries such as Australia, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

In 2018, the fees are as followed: CHF 784.00 for a single room, CHF 579.00 for a shared double room. The fees include:

  • Participation fees
  • 4 nights in Hotel Cristal
  • All the meals for the duration of the event

Grant opportunities
Until May 1, PhD students from a foreign university can apply for a grant covering the staying fees in Saignelégiers for the duration of the event (hotel in double room + meal) – please note that the travelling fees are consequently not included in this offer. The night before the start of the Summer school is covered by the grant. The number of grants is limited. If you want to apply for one of these grants, please join a short text motivating your participation to the Summer School when sending your subscription form. In order to be able to help PhD students from various locations, the number of grants allowed to PhD students coming from a same institution will be limited.

Participants should send their abstracts through the online application form, after their participation is confirmed. You will receive relevant information by email, when submitting your registration online. Please use the following template to submit your abstract.
Program Manager
Andy Bécue
Program Coordinator
Lydie Samie

Registration is open until June 15, 2018