About the Conference

From 26–27th September 2019, the European Institute of Social Security (EISS) and the Chair of Prof. Dr. iur. Thomas Gächter as part of the University of Zurich (UZH) are hosting the annual international EISS conference.

Changing Family Structures and Social Security

Family structures in all industrial and post-industrial societies are changing rapidly, as is the economic security that is granted or can be granted within families. Social security systems are challenged to react to these changes, for they shape current developments and also set the course for the future.

This year’s EISS conference highlights current changes in family structures and discusses models to cope with these changes. How do benefit systems react to these new challenges? How can the reconciliation between work and family life be guaranteed? And how can cross-border constellations that affect families be managed? Questions like these will be examined from the perspective of social security in a comparative approach.

As a continuous effort of the EISS to grasp social security and tackle arising challenges from a comparative perspective, the conference is aimed at an international (European) public, gathering multiple nations and disciplines as well as experts and young academics within the field of social security, the latter of which will also be presenting current research results.

Conference Venue

The conference takes place at the University of Zurich, Building RAA, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland, in the vicinity of the UZH’s main building and the ETH Zurich (Federal Institute of Technology).

Participants are welcome to take a look around the various buildings of the UZH, including its law faculty’s extensive library (see the gallery below for a taste of what awaits you!). The conference dinner on day 1 will be held in the heights of the UZH Tower, offering you – much like the popular Polyterrace nearby – a panorama of Zurich from high above its rooftops, including its old town and its very own mountain, the Uetliberg.

Key Data

Everything you need to know at a glance.


26th September 2019, 13:00 –
27th September 2019, 14:30


University of Zurich, Building RAA, Auditorium, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland


EUR 300 per person (EUR 250 for EISS members) excl. VAT; registration deadline: 9th September 2019


coffee breaks, full-course dinner (day 1) and buffet lunch (day 2)


You can also download the conference programme as a PDF file.

Post-conference Update: The presentations of the speakers can now be downloaded.


These esteemed speakers will be sharing their knowledge and insight with us.


The registration fee of EUR 300 per person (EUR 250 for members of the EISS), excluding 7.7% VAT, covers participation costs, coffee breaks, a full-course dinner on day 1 and a buffet lunch on day 2.

After receiving your registration form, we will send an invoice to the corresponding email address, to be paid via bank transfer within 30 days. Your attendance will be confirmed by email upon receiving your payment. As the conference is limited to 100 participants, we ask you to register by 9th September 2019 at the latest and to pay as soon as possible.

Registration is now closed.


A preview of our dear university and its surroundings.


If there are any questions or concerns, reach out to us using the contact data below.


Lehrstuhl Gächter
Treichlerstrasse 10
8032 Zürich