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University of Basel

Swiss Transferable Skills Network

The Swiss Transferable Skills Network began in 2014 and is composed of the managers of transferable skills training and career development for junior researchers (primarily doctoral candidates and postdocs) from across the Swiss university system. It currently includes representatives from the Universities of Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, St Gallen and Zurich, the ETHZ and EPFL, the CUSO and Regard (Bureaux de l’égalité) programmes in western Switzerland, as well as representation from swissuniversities.

The network is open to managers of corresponding programmes and initiatives in all the Swiss universities, as and when they are created.

Our objective is to provide a space for exchange and support among and between members: to discuss good practice and the challenges faced in common areas, experiences with training courses or trainers, and to share resources in order to provide specialized and high quality professional development for our target groups. We currently meet informally once per year, and remain in contact as and when the opportunity arises.

For more detailed information on this initiative please contact either Verity Elston ( or Eric Alms (

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