Second Interdisciplinary Junior Academy


Save-the-Date: 2nd Interdisciplinary Junior Academy of the SSECR


We are excited to finally announce the date and further information on our Second Interdisciplinary Academy for Early Childhood Researchers. Mark the following date in your calendars:

Monday, 5th – Wednesday, 7th June 2023 in Winterthur

The topic of this year's Academy will be “Thinking together and out of the box”. Get ready and prepare your abstract on your PhD-Project for the application now - Please find below the preliminary programme and the call for abstracts. There will be three exciting interdisciplinary days with plenty of time for networking. Invited keynotes, presentations and discussions on your own research project as well as a writing workshop. 


The 2nd Interdisciplinary Junior Academy of the SSECR offers an inspiring environment to PhD students and postdocs across Switzerland working on early childhood to reflect on interdisciplinary research. It provides opportunities for sharing one's own research and obtaining constructive feedback and ideas, it offers useful instruments for improving writing skills and it promotes dialogue between disciplines and networking opportunities.


Registration deadline: February 28th, 2023

The academy is aimed towards doctoral students and early postdoc researchers. Academy participants from the first Academy are also warmly invited to reapply. The number of available places is restricted to 20 participants. Letters of acceptance are sent out mid of March 2023.

To apply for the academy, please submit an abstract about your research (introduction, research question, methods, results if available; max 500 words) via the Online Form: 


Registration Fee

Registration fee for academy participants: CHF 350

Registration fee includes the scientific program, accommodation (in a shared two or three-bed room) and full board. Travel expenses will be on the account of the participants.


ZHAW, Gertrudstrasse 15
CH-8401 Winterthur
DEPOT 195, Lagerplatz 4
CH – 8400 Winterthur 

Organizing Committee:

Senior members: Michael von Rhein, Nevena Dimitrova, Sara Greco
Junior members: Johanna Quiring, Johanna Lieb, Naomi Downes

The first Interdisciplinary Academy for Early Childhood Researchers took place online from May 3-5, 2021 with the topic: "Communicate across disciplines and beyond the borders of science". A total of 11 juniors from all over Switzerland participated. The academy was accompanied by six senior researchers from the SSECR board. The opening was given by Claudia Meier Magistretti on the topic "Early Childhood in Switzerland: Current Challenges". The second focus was on Science-Practice/Policy-Transfer. Eliane Fischer from Alliance Enfance, Antje Horsch and Patricia Lannen participated in the interdisciplinary exchange and joint discussion with the Juniors. We look back on three successful days - many thanks to all!

Best regards, 

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the Academy