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Call for proposals: Rigi Workshop 2026

Rigi Workshop: Call for proposals
Rigi Workshop: Call for proposals

NEW: DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL EXTENDED TO 15 AUGUST!

The SCNAT Platform Biology is soliciting proposals for the organisation of the Rigi Workshop 2026. We invite members of two or more specialist societies to organise a three-day interdisciplinary workshop on a subject of choice that is related to Biology, for an audience of about 30 PhD students and postdocs. The Rigi Workshop takes place at the beautiful Rigi Kulm Hotel, usually at the end of January. This is an excellent opportunity for specialist societies to promote their goals and activities and to recruit new members.

Organisation:

  • Members from two or more specialist societies together propose a subject related to Biology.
  • Once the proposal is accepted, the scientific organisers from the specialist societies prepare the interdisciplinary scientific programme and invite the speakers.​
  • The Platform Biology office coordinates the organisation of the Rigi Workshop and deals with communication (website, flyer) and administration (registration, hotel, infrastructure).

Costs and contributions:

  • The Platform Biology covers travel and stay of scientific organisers and speakers up to a total maximum of CHF 5000. Additional costs of organisers and speakers have to be covered by the organising societies.
  • The Platform Biology supports the participation of up to 30 doctoral students and post-docs by reducing the registration and accommodation fee to CHF 150 per person.
  • Accommodation and meals for the 3-day workshop costs approx. CHF 500/540 per person (double/single room).
  • Travel costs have to be covered by the participants.

How to propose the co-organisation of a Rigi Workshop:

Please use the Proposal template to describe relevant details of the planned workshop. The deadline for submission of Rigi Workshop proposals for 2026 is 15th July 2024. The Board of the Platform Biology will select a proposal in September 2024.

Schedule:

Rigi Workshop organisation timeline
Rigi Workshop organisation timeline

Contact

Caroline Reymond
SCNAT
Platform Biology
House of Academies
PO Box
3001 Bern
Switzerland


Rigi Workshop 2023 - Workshop and sunset
Rigi Workshop 2023 - Workshop and sunset

Feedback from previous Rigi Workshops:

"All the speakers were extremely interesting and engaging and many were of high relevance to my work. I feel like I learned a lot and have new option for my own work after considering".

"Very nice place and organisation to discuss important sustainability issues with different approaches and disciplines. The food and the overall hotel were very comfortable and relaxing. The diversity of participants was great for having insightful discussion".

"Thanks for organising such a great event! Seminars were very interesting, we had plenty of time to discuss topics with other students and speakers. Glad I came!"