swissSIER Winter Meeting 2013

It is time again for the swissSIER Winter Retreat. We kindly invite you to join us for three days of professional development workshops and networking in the Swiss mountains.

Date & Location

When?Sunday, January 13 - Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Where?The Alpenhof ( in Stechelberg
Event Committee:Vareska van de Vrande (, Carina Lomberg (

Preliminary Program

Sunday, 13 January
16h00 - 17h00Arrival of participants
17h00 - 18h30Workshop: "Managing your dissertation"
Vareska van de Vrande, Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
18h30 - 19h45Apéro
20h00 - 22h00Dinner
Monday,14 January
7h00 - 8h00Breakfast
8h00 - 10h00Parallel Workshops:
(1) "Introduction to quantitative analysis and panel data"
Luca Berchicci, Associate Professor at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
(2) "Introduction to experimental research"
Carina Lomberg, Assistant Professr at the University of Bern
10h00 - 16h30Networking activities (skiing, snowshoeing, etc.)
17h00 - 19h00Workshop: "The professional significance of networking & collaboration"
Tiago Ratinho, Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Twente
19h00 - 21h00Dinner
Tuesday, 15 January
7h00 - 8h00Breakfast
8h00 - 10h00Parallel Workshops:
(1) "The use of logic and its contribution to academia"
Ad van den Oord, Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Durham University
(2) "The use of fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) as a research approach"
Lorenzo Massa, Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna
10h00 - 16h30Networking activities (skiing, snowshoeing, etc.)
2013 swissSIER Annual General Meeting (read more)
17h00 - 19h00Workshop: "Paper Development Workshop"
Feedback and discussion about submitted papers in small groups, led by a faculty member
Faculty: Ad van den Oord, Carina Lomberg, Jana Thiel, Lorenzo Massa, Luca Berchicci, Tiago Ratinho, Vareska van de Vrande
19h00 - 21h00Dinner
Wednesday, 16 January
7h00 - 8h00Breakfast
8h00 - 11h00Presentation: "Publishing and ethics in research"
Jean-Philippe Bonardi, Associate Dean and Full Professor at HEC, University of Lausanne

Panel Discussion: "Ethics in doing research in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Management"
Panelists: Ad van den Oord, Carina Lomberg, Jana Thiel, Jean-Philippe Bonardi, Lorenzo Massa, Luca Berchicci, Tiago Ratinho, Vareska van de Vrande
11h00 - 12h00Packing up, cleaning up, and departure

Participation Fee

Swiss participants:
(affiliation with a Swiss institution required)
CHF 100.00
International participants:CHF 140.00
The Participation fee covers lodging at Alpenhof Stechelberg for 3 nights, as well as breakfast, dinner, coffee, etc., from Sunday evening until Wednesday morning. Participants will be responsible for their own lunch and activity expenses as well as transit to Stechelberg.

Registration Information

Inscription DeadlineThe inscription deadline was on December 15, 2012. If you still wish to participate, please contact the organizing committee.
Cancellation Policy: For cancellations up to 14 days prior to the event we refund your participation fee minus a handling fee of CHF 5.00. No refund will be issued for cancellations after January 1, 2013. If you need to cancel your registration, please contact the organizing committee

Location Information

Stechelberg is located deep in the Berner Oberland at the end of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, also known as the ‘Valley of Waterfalls’, above Interlaken. It sits at the base of the Jungfrau Mountain to the east and the Schilthorn on the west, with the Mürren-Schilthorn ski area towering 2,100 meters above it. The alpine ski area has 54 km of runs for all levels of skiers and snowboarders topped by the panoramic Piz Gloria restaurant. The area also boasts 12 km of prepared cross-country skiing trails between Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg, as well as winter walking trails around Mürren, and it has become a popular area for snowshoeing. There is even a 4 km toboggan run above Mürren. Activities abound for everyone! For those who wish to be less active, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy leisurely time in the sun.

Attire for this event is casual/functional, with a strong recommendation for good footwear (snow boots or hiking boots).

Contact & Inquiries

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact us: Vareska van de Vrande ( or Carina Lomberg (
We look forward to seeing you in Stechelberg!