The Global Studies Institute (GSI) is strongly committed to providing a forum for public debates and lectures. Alongside instruction and research, "service to the city" is one of the three core missions of the University of Geneva.

To that end, the GSI organizes events reflecting both what is happening around the globe as well as current research, emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach. The format of these events varies widely, ranging from lectures and round table discussions to major international conferences.

GSI events are often organized in collaboration with media groups or other academic institutions.