Retreat 2018

Developing tools for career success

The focus for this year's retreat is the development of key skills to enhance your career, including hands-on CV writing and interview training. Once again, we will work with hfp consulting, who are experts in personal and professional development for the scientific community.

Alongside the programme offered by hfp consulting, this year's retreat will also give participants a chance to interact with representatives from a wide range of scientific careers, including academia, industry, start-ups, communication and education. We have invited the following experts to represent the broad range of possible career paths:

  • Patricia Palagi (SIB) - education
  • Bart Deplancke (EPFL) - academia
  • Kathleen Sprouffske (Novartis) - industry
  • Isabel Klusman (Zoological Museum Zurich) - communication and outreach
  • TBC - startups and freelance.

As always, there will be a half-day social activity on offer to stimulate informal exchange amongst the participants. This is your last chance to attend one of's legendary retreats, which have always been one of the highlights in our event calendar.

The retreat will take place at the Romantik Hotel Hornberg in Gstaad in the Bernese Oberland, from May 29 – June 1, 2018.

Registration for this event is now closed.

If you would like to attend the retreat but have not yet registered, please send an email to katy.pegg(at)


Dr. Eavan Dorcey
Managing Director
Clausiusstr. 45, CLP D 7
CH - 8092 Zurich
phone +41 44 632 74 23
fax +41 44 632 15 64
eavan.dorcey(at) Retreat 2018
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Past PhD Student Retreats
201720162015 / 2013 / 2012 
2011 / 2010 / 2009