Oliver Schürmann

Oliver Schürmann

PhD, scientific advisor, project-leader, coach


Oliver Schürmann is a cognitive psychologist and works as postdoctoral researcher at the ETH Zürich and as a coach and consultant at the Istituto Marco Ronzani.


Oliver studied psychology at the University of Basel and majored in social, economic and decision-making psychology. In his master's thesis as well as a student assistant, he investigated neurological processes of social influence. He has conducted research in Basel (Center for Economic Psychology), Berlin (Max Planck Institute for Human Development) and ETH Zürich (Chair for Cognitive Science) and wrote a dissertation about the determinants of risky decision making in finance, traffic, and drug abuse. He was a postdoc and research associate at the University of Basel and the ETH Zurich. Oliver is skilled in event management in the field of sales, finances, and production. He is a music enthusiast (plays and teaches drums and Basler drum) and is committed to social engagement.



Oliver offers solution-focused brief coaching in different areas such as decision-making, communication, cooperation, supervising, consulting or financial decisions. 

As part of a research project, Oliver offers free coaching sessions. For more information check out the coaching study: 


We look forward to talking to you.

eMail: forschung@istituto.ch
T +41 61 322 99 11

Course Selection Support

Together we can figure out what course and training will fit your personal need. 

Supervising Scientific Papers

Supervision and mentoring of writing scienitific articles such as essays, Bachelor's and Master's Theses. 

Research Consulting

Oliver offers assistance in research-solutions from creating project goals to publishing the results. He has a broad experience in data collection, computational data analysis. 


Oliver offers solution-focused brief mediation with any kind of conflicts, platform building or strengthening of cooperation as well as assistance and preparation in negotiations. 




Schürmann, O., Frey, R., & Pleskac, T. J. (2018). Mapping risk perceptions in dynamic risk-taking environments. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 32(1), 94–105. https://doi.org/10.1002/bdm.2098

Schürmann, O. (2017). Probing the determinants of risky decision making in the wild (Thesis, University of Basel). https://doi.org/info:doi/10.5451/unibas-006858906