Social Programme & Events

On 26 June we had the honor to listen to a powerful keynote speech by Volker Türk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, about the relevancy of International Geneva, facing huge challenges nowadays was a great success with over 180 attendees.

The keynote launches a passionate panel discussion and a unique opportunity to network with global stakeholders.

Panel discussion with:
Bathsheba Nell Crocker, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN
Özge Aydogan, United Nations Office in Geneva
Beatrice Ferrari, State of Geneva
Miren Bengoa, Swiss Solidarity

The keynote and panel discussion was followed by an apero.




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Inaugural Lecture - Monday 26 June 2023, 18h - 19h30 (followed by an apéro)


2 skills-based Workshops

GSS participants can join our two skills-based workshops (details below) with the Swiss participatory think tank on foreign policy foraus.

As a vibrant grassroots community of young people, foraus shapes foreign policy, shapes how foreign policy is made and enables new voices to grow, domestically as well as internationally.

They publish evidence-based, high-quality content with constructive policy recommendations, organise thought-provoking events and develop innovative tools for engagement and impact, with the aim to address global challenges.



Open Ideation - Wednesday 21 June 2o23, 12h - 14h (lunch included)
The "How to: Open Ideation" workshop is designed to provide a practical and hands-on introduction to the process of generating ideas and solving problems collaboratively. In the workshop, you will learn ideation techniques such as brainstorming and concept mapping to generate ideas and develop them further.

The facilitators will provide guidance on how to collaborate effectively with diverse groups of people. Throughout the workshop, you will have the opportunity to apply these techniques in groups, receiving feedback and support from their peers and facilitators.

By the end of the workshop, you will have a toolkit of ideation techniques, an understanding of collaborative problem-solving, and the skills to apply these to create innovative and effective solutions to real-world challenges.

How to Pitch - Wednesday 28 June 2023, 12h - 14h (lunch included)
The "How to Pitch" workshop will equip you with the skills and confidence needed to effectively communicate your ideas and persuade others to take action.

The workshop will cover the key elements of a successful pitch, including how to craft a compelling story, identify and address the needs of your audience, and deliver a confident and engaging presentation. You will have the opportunity to practice your pitching skills in a supportive environment and receive feedback from your peers and workshop facilitators.

By the end of the workshop, you will have a solid understanding of how to create and deliver an effective pitch, which will be invaluable in your future academic and professional endeavors.

International Geneva Guided Tour
On unexpected paths...

A knotted cannon, the largest ceramic painting in Switzerland, a chair for a giant, Chinese monoliths older than life on earth and many other curiosities await you along this tour. Amongst vast green spaces with century-old trees, you can discover the history and activities of numerous organisations, symbols of Geneva's international vocation.

Duration of the tour: 2 hours
Starting point: Palais Wilson
Arrival point: ICRC Museum
Travelling time: on foot

Date & Time :
o Saturday 25 June, 10:00
o Saturday 2 July, 10:00
o Saturday 9 July, 10:00

Upon registration (link will be shared with admitted students only)

Workshop by Effective Altruism Movement:
How are you going to have a positive impact on the world?

Effective Altruism is a global community of people that use rationality and scientific thinking to make the world a better place. Join a vibrant network of smart and driven people and learn about the Effective Altruism Switzerland community by attending our online introduction talk on Thursday, 16 June at 7.30 pm CEST (90 min) and our follow-up lunch on Wednesday, 6 July at 12pm CEST (2 hours)

Take-aways from the workshop are:

  • Why we care about effectiveness for doing good
  • A framework to evaluate the impact potential of a problem 
  • Four concepts to guide your thinking about the potential impact of an intervention: cost-effectiveness, counterfactual thinking, marginal impact, and diminishing returns
  • Some psychological biases that make it harder to think about doing good objectively
  • And potential ways to counter these biases
  • Resources for effective donations, advice about using your career to do the most good you can, lists with open research questions, and other ways to deepen your understanding of the introduced concepts

Previous talks are available on YouTube.

Upon registration (link will be shared with admitted students only)

Roundtable: From homophobia and transphobia to an inclusive workplace: a perspective from practitioners

When: 22 June 2022, 4.00 pm
Where: Uni Mail (Bd du Pont d'Arve 40, 1205 Geneva), Room MR060


Positive Energy Leaders:  A Roadmap To Making The Impact You Are Made For At This Time (Featuring Louise Le Gat)

Handouts to download:

Positive Energy Leaders Roadmap

The Lighthouse Handout

Useful Link: Roadmap Visualization

We are facing unprecedented times - a pivotal moment where we are being called to upgrade the operating system on the planet.  Many of us want to contribute and have a positive impact at this time.  But we don't always know how to orient ourselves in the right way.  So that we can act for the new world we want to see in a way that is fulfilling, meaningful and makes a real difference.

In this inspiring talk, we will explore how to create your career path from a strong place of self-leadership, a clear sense of mission and a deep commitment to your greatest impact. 

Specifically, we will dig deeper into:

  • Personal Purpose: The new rules on how to activate your purpose at this important time
  • Rich Work: The core shift on how to approach the concept of work itself
  • Next Generation Leadership: The 3 foundations to become a future fit positive impact leader at this time

The event will take place the 27 June 2022, at 12.30pm at Uni Carl Vogt, Room CV1 (Bd Carl-Vogt 66, 1205 Geneva).

Upon registration (link will be shared with admitted students only)

Geneva Summer Schools 10th Anniversary Reception

Join us and celebrate with us our 10th anniversary. A cocktail reception will be organized by the Rector and the GSS Office. With the participation of alumni and guest lecturers. The reception will take place on Tuesday, 5 July at 5pm (2 hours).

(Upon invitation only)

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This webinar explores the themes of diversity, inclusion and leadership and demonstrate through inspiring examples that leadership has nothing to do with age or status.

The Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation shares reflections on leadership based on her over 30 years of experience in leading large teams in the multicultural context of the United Nations. She will attempt to debunk a number of deeply ingrained myths about the nature of leadership and will talk of her journey from seeking diversity to facilitating inclusion and belonging.

Extremely Together Young Leader describes her journey of setting up an initiative to address significant societal challenges and how her background, career path and motivations, as well as the persisting obstacles to youth inclusion, have shaped her into becoming the leader she is today. Despite these obstacles, she will also explore how any young person can become a leader even amid today's challenging circumstances.

The Founder & CEO of Positive Energy Leaders explores with us what leadership means in terms of building the sustainable world of tomorrow. A challenge that will ask that we rise beyond inclusion to togetherness. And three practical shifts that anyone can make to activate their next generation leadership potential right now – regardless of position or title.