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Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development

Jacobs Center Symposium 2023

20 years of z-proso – Educational Trajectories and Educational Inequalities

1 December 2023
Jacobs Haus, Zurich

The Zurich Project on the Social Development from Childhood to Adulthood (z-proso) studies the social and educational development of around 1,400 young people who entered primary schools in the city of Zurich in 2004. To mark the 20th anniversary of this study, a symposium titled “Educational Trajectories and Educational Inequalities" was held at the Jacobs Haus in Zurich’s Seefeld.

The symposium opened with welcoming addresses from Simon Sommer (Co-CEO of the Jacobs Foundation), Dr Silvia Steiner (Director of Education of the Canton of Zurich and President of The Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK)) and Prof. Moritz Daum (Director of the Jacobs Center at the University of Zurich).

The initiator and co-project leader of the study, Prof. Manuel Eisner, looked back on the beginnings and effects of the z-proso study. Co-director Dr Denis Ribeaud presented the design, the surveys and the partner projects and co-director Prof. Lilly Shanahan discussed selected results of z-proso in the field of education. Lea Buzzi analysed the educational trajectories of the z-proso participants. Designated professionals, decision-makers, and other stakeholders in the field of education exchanged ideas with researchers on ways to promote improved educational mobility.

Prof. Eisner's presentation text and the other presentation slides are available below the picture gallery.


Programme (in German)