Updated 25 March 2020

In line with the new measures announced by the federal and cantonal authorities, the Rectorate wishes to stress the rules that must now be followed within all University entities as of 17 March and until further notice.

  1. Research conducted on University premises must be put on hold;
  2. Research conducted outside the University and requiring face-to-face contact with patients, participants or other subjects must be put on hold;
  3. Researchers are prohibited from starting new experiments on University premises and from starting data collection requiring face-to-face contact from patients, participants or other subjects.

The exceptions to these three rules are as follows:

  • steps to keep animals, plants, cells, etc. alive;
  • virology research, particularly concerning SARS-CoV-2;
  • the completion of experiments that cannot be stopped without causing considerable damage – the Dean or Director must approve all requests to continue an experiment.

Any orders that are not essential to the continuity plan can no longer be placed. The tracking and delivery of any orders that have already been placed fall I under the full responsibility of the people who placed them.

The rules governing building access apply to every member of our academic community, including researchers.

Updated 25 March

The Research Service is continuing its work online. All information, advice and contractual follow-up services are still running.

Information concerning the extended submission deadlines for certain calls for projects is available HERE (in French only at the moment).

As of Monday 16 March and until further notice, all libraries are closed. Workshops and on-site training in the libraries are suspended. Loan periods are extended until June 2020 to avoid undue fines. 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.).


March 17, 2020