Invite your expert

Invite your expert

Invite your expert
“Invite your expert” enables students to receive funding for inviting an expert in their respective field to give a talk. This way, students get in direct contact with an expert in their field to discuss their research topic. In an online or hybrid version, you also have the possibility to meet the expert’s lab members.

The event can take many forms: e.g., brown bag lunch, small symposium, journal club, or online/ hybrid meeting. The only requirement is that other PhD students of the Faculty of Medicine and Swiss TPH can listen to the expert’s presentation, as well.

Funding and support
We offer funding and support for the event.

  • Funding: up to 2000.- CHF to cover costs for expert transport and hotel; event material and catering.
  • Support: PPHS helps to advertise the event and with logistics for online/ hybrid meetings.

University of Basel PhD students of the Faculty of Medicine and Swiss TPH. Being registered to PPHS or in the PhD program Biomedical Engineering is an asset. Please note that the event has to take place before graduation of the applicant.

You can receive funding for “invite your expert” once during the PhD.


Fill in the application form and email it to pphs@unibas.ch before the deadline (19 January 2024). The PPHS Steering Committee will decide on the applications. Decisions are communicated one month after the application deadline at the latest. The event should take place in 2024.

Fill in the evaluation form after the event took place and email it to pphs@unibas.ch to receive your refund.


The next application period is expected in fall 2024.


30 August 2024

Location: Swiss TPH, Kreuzstrasse 2, Allschwil

Swiss Meeting for Infectious Disease Dynamics (SMIDDY)

More details and registration

Keynote speakers: Prof. Kayoko Shioda, Prof. Thumbi Mwangi

Co-organised by Alexis Martin, PhD Student in Epidemiology

6 November 2024

More details tba.

Organised by Fabienne Bruggisser, PhD Student in Sport Science.

Past events in 2024

30 May 2024

Rethinking Cancer Care: A Symposium on Family Caregiving and Healthcare Delivery

Featured Speakers:

Katrina R. Ellis, Ph.D., Christopher R. Friese, Ph.D., RN, AOCN. Lixin Song, PhD, RN, FAAN

Organised by Lisa Schiess, PhD Student in Clinical Research

Past events in 2023

26 May 2023

Molecular dissection of a crime scene – everything you want to know about forensics

Seminar Marta Diepeenbroek, Ph.D., Workshop and Brown Bag Lunch

Organised by Janine Schulte, PhD student in Biomedical Engineering

16 May 2023

The long-overdue recognition of the role of affective experiences

  • Talk Panteleimon Ekkekakis “People intend to exercise but do not: The long-overdue recognition of the role of affective experiences”
  • Workshop: The measurement of affect

Organised by Vivien Hohberg, PhD student Sport Science

27 February 2023

Transformational Leadership Event
Recognised experts will present their leadership experience in the form of stories to convey the contextualised essence of what leadership entails. Moreover, we will provide opportunities for participants to network and share ideas to promote mutual learning.

Organised by Barbara Bürkin, PhD student in Public Health/Epidemiology.

Past events in 2022

5 September 2022

Dr. Keita Kamijo
Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Chukyo University, Japan

Invited by Vera Nina Looser (Sport Science)

Childhood fitness and cognition:
The moderating roles of intra- and inter-individual differences in cognitive and academic performance

12 May 2022

Prof. Elisabeth Brouwer
Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Netherlands

Invited by Andrea Hemmig (Clinical Research)

“Polymyalgia rheumatica: new diagnostic routes and new treatment options“

21 June 2022

Professor Emeritus Adrian Bauman
AO FAHMS FACSM FAFHM, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia

Invited by Patricia Arnaiz (Public Health/Epidemiology)

What is the difference between scale-up, implementation science and systems thinking? An example from the physical activity.

Past Events in 2021

18 November 2021

2nd Basel Symposium on Sleep & Circadian Rhythm Disorders

Although now fully virtual, “this event wouldn’t have been initiated if it wasn’t the possibility of PPHS funding” to cover speaker’s expenses. (Yu-Shiuan Lin, co-organizer)

Past events in 2020

Friday, 27 March 2020, 9:45 – 10:45am –


Prof. Dr. Peter May
Associate Professor, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland
invited by Stefan Mitterer, PhD student Nursing Science

“Palliative Care Research: Using Observational Data to Derive Causal Evidence”

Location: University of Basel, Kollegienhaus, Petersplatz, Regenzzimmer 111

Prof. P. May is a health economist focusing on care for people with serious medical illness and complex needs. He designs, runs and analyses evaluations of interventions for patients and their families. In addition to his studies in Ireland, he collaborates extensively with research groups in the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe and elsewhere.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 pm


Prof. Dr. Karen Spilsbury
Professor (Invest Chair in Nursing Res), School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
invited by Lauriane Favez, PhD student in Nursing Science

“Working in partnership to address what matters to people who live or work in care homes”

Location: University of Basel, Nursing Science (INS), Bernoullistrasse 28, Room: UG01

Prof. Karen Spilsbury is a researcher in the field of nursing science and a Chair in Nursing Research at the University of Leads since 2015. Her expertise extends to fields central to contemporary nursing practice, demonstrated by the development of a programme of clinically and policy relevant research in the areas of the healthcare workforce and care for older people. In particular, she is interested in evaluating how changes in the composition, organisation and management of the healthcare workforce impact on quality of care and outcomes.


Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 12:00 – 1:15pm


Dr. Lisa Pfadenhauer, MPH Postdoctoral researcher – Pettenkofer School of Public Health (PSPH), University of Munich, Germany & Public Health Program Associate – Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
invited by Juliane Mielke, PhD student in Nursing Science

“Making Sense of Complexity in Context and Implementation: The Context and Implementation for Complex Intervention (CICI) Framework”

Location: Universitätsspital Basel, Klinikum 1, Spitalstrasse 21, Hörsaal 2, 2. OG

Dr. Pfadenhauer’s research focus lies on the development, implementation and evaluation of complex public health interventions as well as on how to translate scientific evidence into policy and practice.


Past events in 2019

Tue, 17 December 2019 12-1pm

Prof. Dr. PH Klaus Wingenfeld, University of Bielefeld, Germany
invited by Lauriane Favez, PhD student in Nursing Science.

“Current Policy Directions for Quality Improvement of Long-Term Care in Germany

Location: Room UG01, Institute of Nursing Science, Bernoullistrasse 28

Prof. Dr. PH Klaus Wingenfeld is the scientific director of the Institute of Nursing Science of the University of Bielefeld (IPW) and has a background in sociology and health sciences. His main areas of work include discharge management in hospitals, assessment tools and quality development in inpatient care facilities. His has been heavily involved in the development and testing of quality indicators in Germany in several fields, including in the long-term care sector. During his talk, he will talk about the current policy directions linked to quality improvement in the German long-term care sector.


3 July 2019

Prof. Stuart Pocock, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine,
invited by Jeanne du Fay de Lavallaz, PhD student in Clinical Research.

Fundamentals of Statistical Analysis and Design of Clinical Trials

Stuart Pocock has been professor of medical statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine since 1989. His main research interest include randomized clinical trials for statistical methods and their design, monitoring, analyses and reporting, also with collaborations on major clinical trials, especially in cardiovascular disease.

17 April 2019

Prof. Carl May, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine,
invited by Kornelia Basinska, PhD student in Nursing Science.

“Treatment Escalation Planning: eliciting patient preferences and implementing shared decision-making tools in a complex health economy”

Prof. Carl May is a social scientist with interests in the social organization of healthcare. Together with Dr. Tracy Finch he developed a novel and widely used conceptual model of individual and organizational behaviour theory so called “Normalization Process Theory”.

2 April 2019

Prof. Leonard Kaminsky, Ball State University, USA,
invited by Jonathan Wagner, PhD student in Sport Science.

The Importance of the Development of a (Inter)National Registry for Cardiorespiratory Fitness”

Leonard A. Kaminsky is a Professor at the School of Kinesiology, Ball State University and director of the Fisher Institute for Health and Well Being. His research has focused on relationships among physical activity, physical fitness and health. He presently chairs the advisory board for an initiative to establish a national registry of cardiorespiratory fitness in the US.

Past events in 2018

14 December 2018

Prof. Per Nilsen, University of Linköping,
invited by Thekla Brunkert, PhD student in Nursing Science

“Using Theory to Understand Implementation Challenges”

Per Nilsen is a Professor of Social Medicine and Public Health, with a particular focus on implementation science, at Linköping University, Sweden. He was responsible for building a research program on implementation science at Linköping University, which has attracted national and international interest. He leads several projects on implementation of evidence-based practices in various health care and community settings.

23 November 2018

Prof. Byron Powell, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
invited by Raphaëlle-Ashley Guerbaai, PhD student in Nursing Science

“Implementation science as a driver for more effective health care delivery”

Byron Powell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and the Frank Porter Graham Child
Development Institute.