SPIN Short Course 4 - Soft skills for future employment

Disentis, Switzerland
6-11 May, 2024

SPIN WS4 location: Disentis!

Scientific Program

The short course is focused on soft skills and is centered around two topics: preparing and managing (large) projects, and presenting scientific content to a broad audience.

Confirmed instructors are Heiner Igel (LMU Munich), Roel Snieder (Teaching with Heart, Center for Professional Development Education) and Celine Hadziioannou (University of Hamburg).


  • Monday, May 6th: Arrival, short course starts in the afternoon
  • May 6th - May 11th: Short Course program
  • May 11th: Departure

A preliminary schedule can be found here: prelimschedule

Location and Venue

The short course will take place south of Zurich, in the Alps. The venue is located in Disentis: Catrina Experience Resort. It is a modern resort in the middle of the Swiss Alps.


Travel to Zurich and Disentis

To limit the carbon footprint of the meeting, we encourage you to travel by train if possible!

Zurich main station (Zurich HB) is well connected to other big European cities by day- and night-trains.
There is a daily night train from Berlin (leaving: 21:01) to Zurich (arriving at 9:05)
The daily night train from Hamburg (leaving 21:52) arrives at 10:05 in Zurich
Every day, 5 direct trains from Paris arrive at Zurich HB
A great website to find information on train (and ferry) connections from almost anywhere in Europe is https://www.seat61.com/.

The closest train station to Catrina Experience Resort is Acla da Fontauna.

If you arrive at Zurich Airport, there are direct trains to Zurich HB every ~10 min.

From Zurich HB an hourly train IC3 leaves for Chur (every hour:38). In Chur, you must take the train RE7 to Disentis/Mustér, where you change to a regional train R45 to Acla da Fontauna. The resort is within 8 min walking distance from the Acla da Fontauna train station. Please find an example connection for the 6th of May below. More connections can be found on sbb.ch.

Zurich-Disentis (SBB)

Excursion and activities

During the Short Course’s excursion, you will have the opportunity to visit the Cuolm da Vi landslide. Ongoing studies are currently monitoring the landslide, aiming to understand better the processes that control the landslide’s behavior.

Cuolm da Vi

You will have some free time during the course. If you plan to explore the region during that time (or before/after the workshop), here is a link to some possible activities, such as finding crystals, visiting a monastery, or climbing: activities


During the SPIN Short Course, you will stay in the hotel rooms in the conference venue. You do not need to reserve the rooms yourself, this will be part of the registration process.
Accommodation is all full board (the price includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and both lunch and dinner will be vegetarian for everybody to reduce the climate impact of the event. There will be an option to share a twin room or have a room to yourself.

You have the following accommodation options:

Single room occupancy apartment full board (the price includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner) CHF 950.00
Double room occupancy apartment full board (the price includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner) CHF 700.00
Single room hostel full board (the price includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner) CHF 545.00
Double room hostel full board (the price includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner) CHF 397.50

Each participant must pay for the accommodation after the short course on-site by credit card. Please check with your bank that the price does not exceed your credit card limit.

The registration fee for the short course is CHF 110.00.


We welcome participants from outside the SPIN network!
Registration will open in January 2024. Note that the number of places for the short course is limited, and will preferentially go to Early-Career Researchers (PhD or early Postdoc) who can provide a convincing motivation for participation. If you are selected for the short course, you will also have priority for participation in the SPIN workshop that follows after the short course if you pre-register for both.

Would you like to attend the short course?
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In case of questions or for clarifications, please contact SPIN-management@uni-hamburg.de.