IPD Academic Programs: Theory - Practice - Research - Exchange - Networking - Contribute

School of Peacebuidling, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Intercultural Dialogue, Security & Human Rights



 - V International Summer Academy: 09 - 19 August, 2016 (11 Days)

- VI International Summer Academy: 19 - 29 August, 2016 (11 Days)

- 3 Month CAS - Research Program: 09 August - 06 November, 2016 (90 Days)

   Baar, Switzerland  


IPD International Summer Academy 2016 Lecturers: 09 - 19 August, 2016

Mr. Marc Finaud from Switzerland

Dr. Majken Jul Sørensen from Denmark

Mr. Aleksander Weisner from Serbia

Dr. Urs Bloesch from Switzerland

Dr. Daniel Mekonnen from Eritrea


IPD International Summer Academy 2016 Lecturers: 19 - 29 August, 2016

Mr. Marc Finaud from Switzerland

Dr. Carrie Pemberton Ford from UK

Mr. Joe Gerada from Malta

Ms. Edit Kovari from Hungary


Program Introduction

IPD is very glad to announce its next International Summer Programs in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, Medication, Security and Intercultural Dialogue, which is going to be held in Switzerland.  Applicants could choose either 11 days summer academy or 22 days summer academy or 3 Month CAS-Research program to join this summer..

Its image as one of the most favourable places for traveling has made it more interesting to offer an exited and comprehensive program for our participants. Our experts, who are professionals in their fields, will contribute to this event, with many years of experience in peace and conflict studies.

Nowadays unfortunately several frozen or ongoing conflicts between or within states still exist. Conflicts are different and if we look to the world mankind, how they are facing many new challenges, coupled with new dangerous situations, i.e. terrorist acts, non-legal arming of conflict sides, re-determination of borders, establishing new countries in the world map, non-providing territorial integrity, trafficking of arms, drugs and human; disputes on the implementation of transnational energy projects, democratization and false elections, revolution and internal political conflicts, armed guerrilla movements, violation and discrimination by nationalists, world economic crisis, climate change and unsafely biodiversity etc. Unfortunately the list is long. Conflicts are related and an integral part of human beings, as conflicts cause violation of human rights.

Existing conflicts weaken every kind of cooperation between nations and states. Without mutual cooperation and understanding, the future prosperity of the region would remain only as a good dream. Taking into consideration of peaceful behaviour and engagements, we can make a decision on the strict belief, that opportunities for solving conflicts are feasible. Because in every conflict situation and tension forms we consequently face the below mentioned common situations:

- Desperate situation and non-solving problems are not eternal.

It is possible to make common decision and find common values, even the both conflict sides are thinking differently.

- If the hostility thinking becomes  stronger, there are no winner and right side.

Protracted conflicts on the same time endanger to the development and prosperity of conflict parties.

Any peaceful mediation and negotiation actions are useful than nothing.


3 Month CAS-Research Program activities are:


- Participating in 22 days academic trainings

- Writing research paper (Min 5 pages) in one of the IPD training topics under Academic Supervisor guidance

- Visit 4 Swiss Institutions which works in peacebuilding, mediation, humanitarian and security fields


In our previous 3 Month CAS-Research Program we visited below Swiss Institutions with our researchers:

CSS, Center for Security Studies - ETH Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland

- Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution in Basel, Switzerland

- UNHCR, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland

- ICRC, International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland

- Geneva Center for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland

- World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland

- UN Global Compact, Global Compact Network Switzerland

- Basel Peace Office

- Mr. Markus Hess: Lecturer and Mediator at Hochschule Luzern


3 Month CAS-Research Program Important Dates:

- Arriving day is 09 August, 2016

- Departure day is 06 November, 2016

- Research Paper Writing Period: 29 August - 06 November, 2016


Main Goals of the Summer Programs

- The main goal of the 11 or 22 days Summer Academy is to strengthen the skills of the representatives from state institutions, business sector, INGOs/NGOs, education institutions, religious organisations, independent mediators and politicians through academic trainings in peacebuilding, mediation, conflict resolution, security and intercultural dialogue fields.

- The main goal of the 3 Month CAS-Research Program is to develop the skills of the researchers via academic trainings, reading materials, Supervisor guidance and closely acquaintance them with relevant Swiss state, public and private Institutions.


Timetable of 11 Days Summer Academy

Ø Arriving & Registration of Participants (Hotel registration starts after 14:00am): 09 August, 2016 for V Summer Academy & 19 August, 2016 for VI Summer Academy

Ø Opening Ceremony & Welcome Grill Party: 09 August, 2016 for V Summer Academy & 19 August, 2016 for VI Summer Academy at 19:00pm - 21:30pm

Ø Breakfast Time: 07:00am - 09:00am

Ø Morning Workshops Period: 09:00am - 12:30am

Ø First Break Time: 10:30am - 11:00am

Ø Lunch Time: 12:30am - 14:00pm

Ø Afternoon Workshops Period: 14:00pm - 16:45pm

Ø Second Break Time: 15:30pm - 15:45pm

Ø Dinner Time: 18:30pm - 20:00pm

Ø Certification of SA Participants & Farewell Grill Party: 18 August, 2016 for V Summer Academy & 28 August, 2016 for VI Summer Academy at 12-30am - 14.00pm

Ø Departure of SA Participants (Hotel departure till the 12:00am): 19 August, 2016 for V Summer Academy & 29 August, 2016 for VI Summer Academy  

Ø Half day classes: 12, 18, 22 and 28 August, 2016 till the 12.30am


Summer Academy & 3 Month CAS-Research Program Language: English


Eligible Participants

A broad range of the interested participants (Age: 18+) from all over the world countries such as mentioned in below can apply to the International Summer Academy or 3 Month CAS-Research Program:

- Representatives of Government Institutions, Diplomatic Missions and Courts

- Representatives of Business Institutions and Private Sector

- Representatives of Religious Organizations and Political Parties

- Representatives of IOs, INGOs and Local NGOs

- Representatives of Universities and Academic Staff

- Representatives of Media Institution

- Mediators, Peacebuilders, Researchers & Students


Participation Fee

A) Summer Academy Participation Fee:

- Double Room (Room for 2 participants) for 11 Days Summer Academy: 2200EUR 

- Single Room (Room for 1 participant) for 11 Days Summer Academy: 2450EUR    

- Double Room (Room for 2 participants) for 22 Days Summer Academy: 4300EUR 

- Single Room (Room for 1 participant) for 22 Days Summer Academy: 4700EUR               


What is included in the participation fee during the 11 or 22 Days Summer Academy period?

- Accommodation

- 3 times Meals per day

- 2 times Coffee-Break per day

- Course & Stationary Materials (File, notebook and pen)

- WiFi Free Internet Connection

- Welcome & Farewell Parties

- Program fee


B) 3 Month CAS-Research Program Participation Fee:

- Double Room (Room for 2 participants) for 90 Days Program: 8200EUR                            

- Single Room (Room for 1 participant) for 90 Days Program: 8600EUR                 


What is Included in the Participation Fee during the 3 Month CAS-Research Program Period?

- Accommodation expenses during the 09 August - 06 November, 2016 period

- All the participation expenses of 22 Days Summer Academy Program (accommodation, meals, coffee-break and course fee)

- Travel expenses to visit various 4-5 Swiss Institutions

- Academic Supervisor fee to guide the research paper

- Program fee


What is not Included in the Participation Fee? 

Extra accommodation nights and meal expenses, international travel and travel related expenses (visa & insurance fee expenses) are not included in the participation fee. Participation fee is not cover the extra persons’ (family members, relatives, friends, colleagues etc.) accommodation and meal expenses.

Participants of the 3 Month CAS-Research Program are responsible the feeding and local travel expenses after the 22 Days Summer Academy.



IPD offers several type of scholarship support to reduction the participation fee amount for most needed potential participants from all over the world counties. In this matter to request discount on the participation fee amount payment, please write your request briefly via email before or during the application submission period. Unfortunately IPD scholarship program can’t cover all the participation fee amount and international travel expenses.


Participation Procedure Step by Step:

1. Submitting filled application in WORD format, CV + scanned passport page

2. Participant will receive Invoice to start the payment of the requested participation fee amount

3. When the requested fee transferred to the mentioned bank account, participant will receive invitation letter via email and if there have visa application process we will send invitation letter by post and also to the relevant embassy by fax or email.  



Requested below stated documents for participation have to be sent till the 25 July, 2016 to the email fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch. Please send your application in WORD format include your CV, Passport Page (Only photo page) and name your documents as “NAME” “SURNAME” “COUNTRY” “DOCUMENTS NAME”

But we strongly advice to the participants who needs visa to enter Switzerland, to submit the application as soon as it`s possible.


Bank Account Information to Transfer the Participation Fee:


Payment to CHF Account:

Bank Name: PostFinance AG

Bank Address: Mingerstrasse 20

3030 Bern, Switzerland

Account number: 25-100224-4

IBAN: CH62 0900 0000 2510 0224 4





Payment to EUR Account:

Bank Name: PostFinance AG

Bank Address: Mingerstrasse 20

3030 Bern, Switzerland

Account number: 91-806816-2

IBAN: CH50 0900 0000 9180 6816 2



Cancellation Rules & Dates of Participation

Please note that after submission of the application in any case of the participation cancellation till the 01 July, 2016 the charge 600€ (Plus bank transfer costs will be extra charge) will be deducted from the participation fee for the administrative charges.

Participation cancellation between 01 July, 2016 till the 08 August, 2016 the charge will be 950€ (Bank transfer costs will be extra charge) from the paid participation fee.

Participation cancellation after 08 August, 2016 there will be no refund on participation fee.



 Depending from the above mentioned participation fee payment, participants will stay in double or single rooms during the Summer Academy period in the 'Eckstein' Meeting and Education Centre. Centre located in Baar the region of Zug Kanton which is one of the beautiful place of Switzerland, which is close to the Zurich, Bern and Luzern Kantons.

Event place is very close to the Baar Main Train Station and if you arriving by plane to the Zurich Airport you can reach to the Baar Main Train Station by train directly from Zurich Main Train Station.

For more information on accommodation please visit the webpage of 'Eckstein' Meeting and Education Centre www.zentrum-eckstein.ch.

During the 29 August - 06 November, 2016 period the rented accommodation (Either in Hotel or Apartment) for 3 Month CAS-Research Program will be in Luzern Kanton


Contact person for any questions:


Fakhrinur Huseynli


Institute for Peace & Dialogue, IPD

Eschenstrasse 4, 6020 Emmenbrücke, Luzern, Switzerland 

E: fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch



We are looking forward to see you in Switzerland!