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Dr. Nadine Eggimann Zanetti


Nadine Eggimann has been working at the Lectureship Military Psychology and Military Education at the Military Academy at the ETH Zurich since May 2009. She studied psychology, psychopathology and pedagogy at the University of Zurich and graduated in 2009 with a licentiate from the Faculty of Philosophy with a focus on personality psychology and diagnostics.

In her doctoral thesis at the Psychological Institute of the University of Zurich, she focused on positive psychology in the military. This specifically concerned addresses the assessmentrecording of values, virtues and character strengths in the Swiss Armed Forces and the characteristics of military culture. Accordingly, her teaching is also oriented towards these topics. In addition, she is actively involved in the management and development of the various internal army assessment centers and is a board member of Swiss Assessment ( As a militia specialist officer, she is assigned to the psychological-pedagogical service of the Swiss Armed Forces.

Main areas of research

Mainly Nadine Eggimann deals with the research field of Positive Psychology. Her special focus is on the values, virtues and character strengths of military personnel, the transmission of values in military education and organizational culture.

The focus of her dissertation was on values and virtues in the Swiss Armed Forces with the primary goal of developing an army-specific and evidence-based value classification.

In doing so, she dealt with the individual meaning and structure of military values and virtues and documented the current military understanding of values and virtues in the Swiss Army. Specifically, the core values and virtues were defined based on an army specific classification. These describe the current culture of the Swiss Army and support the goals of military education. 

Furthermore, quality characteristics of selection and assessment processes are part of their research interests. Nadine Eggimann Zanetti is involved in the implementation, evaluation and further development of assessment centers in various areas of cadre selection, specifically Assessment center for career officers (ACABO), Assessment center for career NCOs (ACABU), Assessment center for general staff officers (AC Gst Of), Assessment center for defence attachés (ACAVA).


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Scientific Assistant

Military Academy (MILAC) at ETH Zurich Caserne Reppischtal
CH-8903 Birmensdorf
+41 58 484 82 74