Mobilising UNESCO Chairs in Natural Sciences for Policy Action towards the 2030 Agenda

Practical Information


Please note that the Conference will take place in English


Lodgings and meals

For participants, all meals and accommodation are provided from Tuesday 4 July in the evening to Friday 7 July in the afternoon.
More information to come



For participants, transportations from Tuesday 4 July in the evening to Friday 7 July in the afternoon will also be provided

The Conference will take place in the University of Geneva.

«Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is one of Europe’s leading universities and stands out of the 100 best universities in the world. With 16’500 students of more than 150 different nationalities, it is Switzerland’s second largest university.
Just like the city of Geneva itself, the university enjoys a strong international reputation, both for the quality of its research (it ranks among the top institutions among the League of European Research Universities) and the excellence of its education. UNIGE offers today, a remarkable range of programmes and fosters multidisciplinary activities, as attested by its many interdisciplinary projects and centres as well as its selection as site for various National Centres of Competence in Research.»

Events will be organised in the Biotech, a campus specialised in biotechnology and life science research, and the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). All venues are marked by a star.




Visa application

Participants to the Conference may need a visa before arriving to Switzerland.

The list of nationalities subjected to visas can be found on the website of the Swiss Confederacy.

We advise you to book an appointment with your nearest Swiss Embassy, Consulate or outsourcing centre, two months before departure. Please bear in mind that the visa procedure takes at least 15 days once the application has been registered.

The list of required documents varies depending on the country of residence. Each Embassy/Consulate has its own requirements, therefore we strongly recommend participants to contact the responsible representation to inquire about its specific requirements. In general, the following documents are needed when applying for a visa:


  • An application form for short stays duly filled and signed by the applicant
  • A valid travel document (must be valid for at least 3 months after the return date and issued within the last 10 years) and a copy of it
  • When needed a valid residency permit or equivalent document (e.g. exit/return visa): to ensure that the applicant is allowed to travel back to his/her country of residence.
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs
  • Your nominative letter of invitation by UNESCO
  • A proof of health and repatriation insurance valid for the Schengen states and covering a minimum amount of 30’000 euros (for holders of ordinary passport only)
  • A Hotel reservation (provided on UNESCO’s letter of invitation);
  • A Flight reservation / booking, including return flight;
  • Additional documents may be required by the Swiss Embassy / Consulate


More information concerning the visa application including the list of nationalities subjected to visa procedures, the list of Swiss embassies, consulates and outsourcing centres, and the documents needed to apply for a visa can be found on the Swiss Confederacy’s website.