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Humour Summer School 2010
10th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter: Theory, Research and Applications



The summer school will take place in the convention centre Boldern in Männedorf which is located 25 km outside of Zurich on a hill overlooking lake Zürich.


The city

Zurich lies in the heart of Europe, in the centre of Switzerland, at the northern shore of Lake Zurich.

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Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and home to an internationally reputed financial centre as well as being the focus of an economic region, which acts as the motor of Switzerland, and along with Geneva is the most important gateway to the country. Zurich is a city of about 350,000 people is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zurich.

The wide variety of cultural activities and educational institutions define Zurich's character as a diverse, open city with a passion for life. Zurich is the capital of the canton of the same name and the centre of a number of regions, which together have some 1.9 million inhabitants. It is famous for its lakeside location and green, densely wooded chain of hills, which run through the city from north to south.

Zurich's place on the world stage does not come down to its size but to its strong international networks. The high standards of living, working and accommodation are regularly confirmed in surveys of the local residents, and Zurich consistently finds itself at the top of international rankings of cities in terms of quality of life. (See here for more)

Panorama Views on Zurich (webcam): The Lindenhof, The Rathausbrücke

The Convention Centre Boldern

The School will take place at the Convention Centre Boldern in Männerdorf, which is situated 25km from Zurich city on the northern shore of lake Zurich. The centre’s location provides excellent views of the lake and the Alps (see fotos, live cam, and video).

The address is:

Evangelisches Tagungs- und Studienzentrum
Boldernstrasse 83
CH-8708 Männedorf
Tel. +41 (0)44 921 71 11
Fax +41 (0)44 921 71 10
E-Mail info [at] boldern.ch
website of convention sentre

See the Travel page for how to get to Zurich.

See the Local Info page for transport within Zurich, and details of the Convention Centre facilities.


The university

The University of Zurich is a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and one of the leading basic research institutions in Europe. The University of Zurich was founded in 1833, though its origins stretch back as far as 1525 and the days of protestant reformer Ulrich Zwingli. Today two thousand lecturers in 140 special institutes provide the broadest range of subjects and courses available from any Swiss seat of higher education. With 24,000 students and 1,900 graduates every year, Zurich is also Switzerland’s largest university. Twelve scientists of the University of Zurich were awarded the Nobel Prize. 2008 the university celebrated its 175th anniversary with a variety of events.

Department of Psychology

The department of psychology (German website) is one of the largest psychology departments in the German speaking countries. Currently there are 17 sections in the department, with 250 staff members and approximately 2,300 majors in psychology. The section on personality and assessment was installed in 2002 when Willibald Ruch moved here from Queens University Belfast. Several members of the research team are involved in research on humour, laughter or, more generally, positive psychology.

See the Travel page for how to get to Zurich.

See the Local Info page for transport within Zurich, and details of campus facilities.

WebCam views

Zurich views

Zurich weather

School site at Boldern

City of Zurich

Zurich weather


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