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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26-29 August, 2019
For whom?
PhD students in forensic science and criminology
How much?
From CHF 815.00
Non-credited course, Certificate of Attendance delivered
In 2019, we are very pleased to welcome the following speakers:


Professor Paul Iske, from The Institute for Brilliant Failures, the Netherlands





Professor Jerome F. Buting, from the law firm Buring, Williams & Stilling, S.C., USA



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.
The course will be held off site, in Les Diablerets, situated between Lake Geneva and Gstaad at an altitude of 1200 meters.

Costs vary according to room accommodation: CHF 1100.00 for a single room, CHF 875.00 for a double room and CHF 815.00 for a triple room.

The fees include:

  • Participation fees
  • 4 nights in Eurotel Victoria
  • All the meals for the duration of the event

Grant opportunities
Until April 15th 2019, PhD students from a foreign university can apply for a grant covering the staying fees in Les Diablerets for the duration of the event (hotel in double/triple room + meal) – please note that the travelling fees are consequently not included in this offer. The night before the start of the Summer school could be covered by the grant, if required. 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.

Abstracts should be send before 5 PM (CET) on 15th of June, 2019. 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.

Eurotel Victoria

All the participants will be staying at the Eurotel Victoria, where the event takes place. This 4-star-superior Hotel, located in the middle of the Vaud Alps will offer you a cosy ambiance in and around the hotel in the charming mountain village Les Diablerets. Participants will also receive a Free access card, allowing them to use for free the train to Les Aviolats, buses to Villars or even the Gondola lift to Isenau. This card will also grant you access to sport facilities, the Alpine Museum of les Ormonts, and to guided tours of the village or through the nature.

Program Manager
Andy Bécue
Program Coordinator
Anne Bannwarth

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