Walter Kern

Zurich University of Teacher Education (PH Zürich) Research Centre Inclusion and Health in Schools

Prof. Walter Kern-Scheffeldt

Lagerstr. 2 / LAA-H032 CH-8090 Zürich Switzerland

+41 79 335 36 93


   +41 79 335 36 93


Profil of the Organisation
The Zurich University of Teacher Education (PH Zurich), with approximately 2600 students and more than 6000 continuing professional development participants a year, is one of Switzerland’s largest teacher education institutions and a leading centre of expertise for schools, teachers and educational authorities.

The university’s approximately 700 employees generate and transform knowledge for schools as well as for public and private sector organisations. Due especially to the high quality of its research, the PH Zurich is involved in various national and international networks. The services of the PH Zurich include education, training, research and additional services such as consulting and international development projects.

At the PH Zurich, two different groups are working in the area of addiction prevention: on the one hand the “Research Centre Inclusion and Health in Schools”, and on the other hand the “Addiction Prevention Centre for Elementary Education” with an emphasis on setting-related interventions.

Responsibility for what region?
The PH Zürich focuses on addiction prevention in the Canton of Zurich. We attach particular importance on close cooperation and networking with other actors in the field of addiction prevention and health promotion (federal offices, universities, private institutions).

Main items of content, guidelines in the context of prevention.
The Zurich University of Teacher Education (PH Zurich) stands for …

  • interdisciplinary research with a valuable contribution to realize a setting that is healthy and inclusive for students and teachers.
  • evidence-based addiction prevention and health promotion. This means conscientious, reasonable and systematic use of current best theoretically and empirically determined findings from research and practice.
  • transfer of evidence-based knowledge for well planned and coordinated interventions at school.

Experiences in the field of prevention on European level
Walter Kern-Scheffeldt played an active part in the project “euro peers”. He also acted as a partner and as expert in “euro parents” and was committed to his position as expert advisor in euro net for many years.
In his earlier function as research group leader at the Zurich University of Teacher Education (PH Zurich) he was also commissioned to evaluate the EU-supported project “TAKE CARE” (2011/2012).
He speaks at conferences and seminars on “Addiction prevention and peer approach” and “Addiction prevention and multi-level approach”.

Experiences in management and communication on European level.
Walter Kern-Scheffeldt was a member of the board of euro net (secretary, vice president, president).
He has frequent contact with different Europeans institutions for addiction prevention and health Promotion.