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Population Research Center

PRC Forum

As a vital component of the PRC, the PRC Forum serves as a dynamic platform, fostering collaboration, expanding expertise, and enhancing research capabilities. 

Open to all UZH population researchers, our forum welcomes participants at every career stage. Join us at the UZH PRC Forum, where interdisciplinary collaboration, skills development, and meaningful networking converge to advance population-based research.  No prior PRC membership required.

Three Distinct Streams:

Education and Skills Training

Thematic Events Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Networking

Empowering researchers at all career stages, the PRC Forum offers diverse training sessions, covering statistical software, data management techniques, and more.

Explore relevant topics through workshops and roundtables, gaining new perspectives on research from various disciplines.

Build a strong network of researchers, facilitating collaborative projects and partnerships while sharing knowledge and expertise.

We encourage PRC members to propose and organize their initiatives. The PRC Forum provides support and resources to bring your ideas to life. Propose your event or initiative by contacting

Please note that events are held irregularly. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming sessions.

26.8.2024: Annual PRC Retreat

Save the date.

Date Monday, August 26, 2024, 13:00h - 17:00h

UZH City Campus

Data Archiving Roundtable: Date TBD

The UZH PRC invites all population researchers interested in data archiving to join our upcoming Data Archiving Roundtable. This workshop provides researchers with an opportunity to share best practices of data archiving, discuss solutions, and navigate the challenges associated with this crucial aspect of research.

Why Data Archiving Matters: Data archiving is more than a necessity; it's a gateway to making your data reusable, replicable, and aligning with the increasing requirements from funding bodies. However, we understand the challenges that researchers face – from resource limitations to handling sensitive data and navigating a landscape of options.

What to Expect: This workshop is a collaborative exchange of experiences. We invite you to share insights from your own research groups, discussing the solutions you've found (or not), the challenges you've encountered, and your aspirations for the future.

Date TBD

UZH City Campus

For further inquiries, please contact:

Past Events

14.5.2024: PopStats

Establishing causality: an impossible goal in observational research? Perspectives from different research fields.

For further information, please contact Andrea Farnham.

Date Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 16:30h - 18:00h

UZH City Campus, KO2-F-152 EV, followed by apero in Lichthof Süd


Christopher Pryce (Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik Zürich)
Ulf Zölitz (Department of Economics at UZH, Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development)
Miquel Serra Buriel (Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Prevention Institute)

Organizers R Group at the Jacobs Center and PRC PopStats

8.4.2024: PopStats

The PRC is launching PopStats, an event series aimed at fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in the analysis of population-level data. A key focus will be on longitudinal studies and the use of R Software for data analysis.

The inaugural event is co-organized with the R User's Group and features presentations by two speakers with expertise on large population datasets: Irene Böckmann (Statistisches Amt des Kantons Zürich) and Erin West (Kantonsspital St. Gallen). The event format includes two short presentations followed by Q&A and a networking apero. The event is open to researchers, analysts, and professionals outside academia interested in the application of statistical methods to population studies.

For further information, please contact Andrea Farnham.

Date Monday, April 8, 2024, 18:30h - 20:30h

UZH City Campus, KOL F-104


Irene Böckmann (Statistisches Amt des Kantons Zürich)

Erin West (Kantonsspital St. Gallen)


25.3.2024: Members Reunion

Save the date for a leisurely afternoon of fun and networking! More information coming soon.

Date Monday, March 25, 2024, 15:00h - 18:00h

UZH City Campus, KOL-G-212

For further inquiries, please contact:

15.-16.2.2024: Mid-level Researchers Group Retreat

The UZH PRC supports a Mid-level Researchers Club, targeting postdocs, senior researchers, Oberassistierende, and early-stage group leaders that engage in population studies. This club is open to all PRC members at this career stage. Initially funded by mid-level researchers at EBPI, the group aims to promote exchange and networking among mid-level researchers to enhance their careers and job satisfaction. We acknowledge existing networks with various career development events and strive not to duplicate their offerings. Instead, our focus is on in-person networking and mentoring events—a niche currently missing for this group. To achieve this, we will organize several types of events, including an annual retreat. 
For further information and membership inquiries, please contact Andrea Farnham.

As part of our goal to promote career satisfaction and networking, we organized a retreat targeted specifically to the needs of mid-level researchers on February 15-16, 2024. The retreat is co-organized by the founders of the Mid-Level Researcher's Club, Rachel Heyard, Dominik Menges, Hester van de Wiel, and Andrea Farnham. The retreat is not meant to be a conference, but instead a workshop where we reflect on our skillsets, career objectives, and where we would like to go next with our careers, as well as network with other mid-career researchers. Another major aim is to begin building interdisciplinary collaborations with other researchers at our level at UZH, to build towards joint grant applications (e.g. the PRC seed grants). However, the retreat is not only for those who want an academic career. There were interactive workshops and also plenty of time to reflect in nature. There also was an optional grant writing session. 
If you would like to learn more, please contact Andrea Farnham.

1.2.2024: What’s New in SNSF Project Funding: 2024 Edition

Not sure what’s new in SNSF Project funding regulations? We can help! EBPI Scientific Managers Doreen Gille and Kelly Turner supported a total of 11 SNSF Project and SINERGIA applications in 2023. We don’t know everything about the SNSF, but we know a lot! Join us to learn about the new SNSF Project funding rules. We’ll cover who can apply, SNSF Project roles (i.e., Applicant, Co-Applicant, Project Partner), why they matter and where to go for help. The session will consist of a presentation, audience Q&A, and time in which Doreen and Kelly will be available for one-on-one or small group conversations.

Speakers Doreen Gille and Dr. Kelly Turner (University of Zurich)
Date Thursday, February 1, 2024, 15:00h - 17:00h

PRC_forum_20240201_SNSFrules (PDF, 12 MB)


The first PRC Forum was held as a hybrid event. The participants were very interested and asked many questions. For all of the questions, Doreen and Kelly had an answer. Overall, it was a huge success.

Doreen and Kelly strongly suggested appointing a coordinator to enter all content on the platform. Especially since all Co-applicants have the possibility to change all fields on the platform. Regarding timeframes, they also recommended planning enough time for the entire project - from the initial idea to submission. They recommended at least four to six months before creating the content - especially if it is a new team or new ideas. Teams should also plan for six to eight weeks for feedback rounds. All documents should be collected at least four weeks beforehand, and finalized centrally from the coordinator. And most importantly: Press SUBMIT before the deadline.