FIRST GLOBAL CHALLENGE
From October 13 to 16, the First Global Challenge will take place in Geneva.
The FIRST Global Challenge is an international Olympic-style robotics competition held in a different country each year. FIRST Global invites each nation to send a team to build and program a robot to compete. Each national team, composed of young STEM leaders, is invited to build and program a robot to compete. Teams cooperate to complete tasks themed around global grand challenges. The Rector, the President of EPFL and the State Councillor Fabienne Fischer will be present.
First Global is still looking for volunteers for this event.
FIRST Global is a volunteer-driven organization. Each year at FIRST Global Challenge, International Volunteers help run the robots, make the matches fun, and keep the FIRST Global spirit alive. Ranging from high school students to professional engineers, international volunteers are what make the FIRST Global Challenge possible!
Volunteering with FIRST Global not only gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge, but also to learn and experience new things, build your resume, network with other volunteers and sponsors, and inspire the youth of the world.
If you are interested, please visit the First GlobalChallenge website.
The risks of energy shortages require the implementation of various emergency measures for this winter 2022-2023, in line with theaction plan adopted by the State Council. Eco-gestures & institutional measures
Welcome Days: That is a warm and festive week which allows new students to receive all the information they need to prepare for their first university year in the best possible conditions. Come and discover UNIGE and enjoy the activities we offer:
- Meetings between students
- Q&As with advanced student pilots from your faculty/institute/centre
- Interactive animations
- Workshops for the installation of essential IT tools
- Advice on strategies for success
- Visit of the campus
- A welcome day by the student associations
Faculty of Science: Monday 12 September
Programme and registration: https://www.unige.ch/etudiants/welcomedays/
DUE TO THE WELCOME SESSION FOR NEW STUDENTS, THE CLASSES ON MONDAY MORNING 19 SEPTEMBER ARE CANCELLED. CLASSES WILL START IN THE AFTERNOON.
WELCOME SESSION FOR NEW STUDENTS
MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2022
Auditorium A300 of Sciences II - Quai Ernest-Ansermet 30 - ground floor
8:30 am Welcome of students (coffee - croissants)
9:00 am Welcome address by Professor Jérôme LACOUR, Dean of the Faculty of Science
9:15 am Presentations of faculty and university services for students
- Dr Xavier CHILLIER, Academic Advisor
- Ms Jihan MOSER, Head of the Student Secretariat
- Ms Annabel CHANTERAUD, Head of the Uni Arve site for the UNIGE Library
- Mr Raphaël MAION, Head of Security for the Arve site
- Pr Jérôme KASPARIAN & Dr Klea FANIKO, Representatives of the Equality and Diversity Service of the Faculty of Science
- Presentation of the University Conference of Student Associations (CUAE)
- Presentation of the Association of Science Student Associations (AESC)
- Summary of information given at Welcome Days
10:15 am Lecture entitled "From coffee to mathematics"by Prof. Hugo DUMINIL-COPIN, Mathematics Section, Fields Medal 2022 laureate
10:45 am Following this lecture, the students will be distributed in the premises designated according to the different disciplines chosen. The section/department heads will welcome them and provide information specific to their field.
- Computer Science: Sciences III - quai Ernest-Ansermet 30, Auditorium 1S081, Professor Bastien CHOPARD
- Mathematics and Computer Science: Sciences III - quai Ernest-Ansermet 30, Room 0019, Dr Gilles VILMART
We recommend that students with military obligations carefully read the attached circular.
Students who are unable to attend this welcoming session due to military service, illness, late registration or other reasons are invited to follow the session live or later on by replay.
The presentations will also be broadcast live in auditorium A150.
For students who cannot attend, the ceremony can be followed at this address:
ARMY – UNIVERSITY LIAISON OFFICE
Students who are subject to military obligations are reminded that there is an "Army-University" liaison office within the framework of the University and, to this end, we invite them to read this circular carefully.
The representative of our Faculty in this office is the following:
Professor Sébastien CASTELLTORT
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Rue des Maraîchers, 13 - 1205 Geneva
Submission of applications ONLY as a pdf file by e-mail to
The mission of this office is to resolve any difficulties that may arise for students between their military obligations and their programme of studies.
Students who are required to perform military service are obliged to consult the deployment tables (press and posters of the military affairs service) from September onwards for the following year. In case of doubt, please contact
Service for Civil Protection and Military Affairs (SPCAM)
Chemin du Stand 4, 1233 Bernex
Tel. 022 546 77 00 -
Opening hours: from 7:30 to 11:30 am and from 1:30 to 4 pm
If a difficulty arises, please contact the relevant liaison office advisor immediately. The request must be filled in in advance, on the travel request form which you will find on the website:
In this respect, careful planning of the exams must be carried out. The earlier an application is made, the more likely it is to be successful. Requests to be moved from military service submitted less than 4 months before entry into service will not be considered.