Updated 24 June
Animal testing was suspended at the University of Geneva between 17 March and 11 May 2020 as part of the measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus adopted by the federal and cantonal authorities, with the exception of projects directly related to SARS-CoV-2. During this period, the buildings were closed and access was strictly controlled and limited to authorised personnel in compliance with health and social distancing rules. The staff of the animal husbandry was reorganised so that basic activities, housing conditions and animal welfare could be ensured at all times.  Daily checks on the animals, including weekends and public holidays, continued. The number of animals has been reduced by approximately 10% to ensure the safety and welfare of staff and research animals. Only lines deemed critical continued to be bred and the importation of new animals was reduced to COVID-19 research-related experiments only.

Researchers at the University of Geneva are committed to research on SARS-CoV-2 from medical, scientific, economic, legal and societal perspectives. This versatility reflects the importance of multidisciplinary skills to face complex challenges. 

> An overview of the research carried out at UNIGE

Updated 21 August

The Research Service continues to provide its service, in compliance with UNIGE safety plan. All information, advice and contractual follow-up services are running.

Some exceptional measures to manage the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on research projects/programmes have been taken by donors (SNSF, EC, etc.):

COVID-19 - Impact on research programmes and projects

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, many important calls for projects are open in all scientific domains:

Furthermore, many priority research initiatives focused on COVID-19/Coronavirus are launched:

Scientific information

 Remote support for researchers is reinforced:

Temporary access to a wider range of digital resources, available 24/7

  • Access our collections of e-books, journals, newspapers and magazines, articles, databases, videos, films, music, etc. here (only accessible with VPN). You can also access these resources by discipline;
  • To find free or Open Access digital resources, use the tips here;

A team on hand to answer your questions

  • For all general questions, use this form (French only);
  • You can continue to request digital materials via the designated form (French only).

Continued support for publishing Open Access

  • Specialist librarians are providing remote support regarding the dissemination and preservation of your Open Access research;
  • Responses to your questions by email;
  • Management of funding requests to the UNIGE Scientific Publication Fund;
  • Help submitting your publications to the UNIGE Open Archive;
  • New! The procedure for submitting PhD theses has changed and is now done entirely online.

Ongoing support for data management

  • Support for managing research data is provided remotely by a designated team of librarians:
  • Contact our team to have us re-read your Data Management Plan before you submit it to the SNSF;
  • Information and advice about tools for preserving and archiving your research data are available online.

Training adapted for online teaching

  • On the training page, you will find a list of the upcoming Rendez-vous de l’info scientifique and Workshops. They are now offered in the form of webinars, as are DMP workshops;
  • The e-learning platform InfoTrack is particularly suited for distance-learning and gives students guidance on writing academic papers (selecting and researching a topic, writing a bibliography, advice for avoiding plagiarism, etc.).


Updated 17 June 2021

The Rectorate want to support young researchers whose research activities have been significantly delayed by the containment phase related to Covid19 (March-April 2020). The support provided is based on the following principles:

  1. Priority is given to young researchers funded on temporary contracts or grants in order to limit the impact on their career development.
  2. Equity in the treatment of cases, regardless of the source of funding : DIP, SNSF or other third party funds.
  3. Encouragement for research project leaders to take the necessary steps with funders, SNSF or third party funds to obtain an extension.
  4. Flexibility in the evaluation deadlines for assistant professors, whether or not they are subject to conditional pre-tenure.

Young researchers who consider that the period of lock-down has significantly delayed their research work and whose hiring, contract or grant is temporary, may apply for an extension of their appointment, normally for two months.

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Regardless of where your funding comes from, this opportunity is opened to PhD students, postdoc or research and teaching fellows and scholarship holders. Applications must be supported by the dean's office or the interfacultary centre's management team, and the extension should ideally be funded by your research group, department, section or faculty. Where no such funding is available, requests can be forwarded to the Rectorate.

A case-by-case approach allows to take account of individual circumstances and to allocate available resources to those who have been affected most by the coronavirus crisis. To ensure fair and equal treatment, all cases are examined on the basis of whether the applicant was prevented from continuing their research for the duration of the lockdown according to the following criteria:

  • The coronavirus crisis has had a material impact on your research (i.e., you have been unable to collect data or to access facilities, databases or library or archive resources, or your data have been lost or become unusable).
  • Your personal or family situation did not allow you to work remotely or prevented you from continuing your research.
  • You had to take on tasks that were unrelated to your research, as part of the University's response or to help your community (e.g., you were setting up online courses, recruited by a hospital or called up by the army).
  • You were unable to meet your pre-doctoral deadlines.

If you are funded by the cantonal authorities (DIP), your contract extension (normally of two months) is covered by your faculty or center. Hiring will be postponed unless there is a pre-existing contractual commitment.

If your funding comes from elsewhere (SNSF or other third-party funding), your contract extension should ideally be covered by the entity concerned. However, if your request is rejected, the head of research will reallocate funds from their internal budget. If this is not possible, they will be able to request funding from the section, department or faculty, or, as a last resort, the Rectorate, through the planned support fund.

These measures were drawn up following a consultation process involving the University's deans, centre directors, the Staff Committee and the Assembly. They are similar to those being taken by several other Swiss universities. The rectorate has set out the specific terms and conditions in a directive.

If your situation is urgent, please contact your supervisor and, if necessary, the Human Resources Division.


March 17, 2020