The University of Geneva (UNIGE) was founded in 1559 and is a world-class university, made up of 7 faculties and one of the 20 members of the League of European Research Universities. It has a distinguished academic record in very diverse fields of natural sciences, social sciences, medicine, the arts, law and psychology. Because of its geographic proximity to the UN and other international organizations, the University has privileged links to bodies such as the WMO (in particular the IPCC and WCRP Secretariats), the WHO, and the European offices of UNEP-GRID. UNIGE has a student body of 14 500 students. More than one-third of all students come from abroad, attracted by the University's location in the heart of an international city, which is home to many international organizations (including UNEP). Renowned for its high level of excellence, the University offers a wide spectrum of academic courses in divers fields of study.

The Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE) is an inter-faculty entity of theUniversityofGeneva. Three faculties are involved in the Institute: the Science Faculty, the Social and Economic Sciences, and Medecine. The Institute’s main objectives are to undertake research and teaching activities in the numerous inter-connected domains of the environment, such as climate, water, biodiversity, health, energy, urban ecology and environmental governance. The key objective is to bridge the gap between the natural and human environments through addressing issues that include the protection of natural resources, sustainable development, social and medical well-being, and links to the policy and decision makers.

ISE has a number of active international relations, in particular through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the World Meteorological Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-GRID), and the World Health Organization, whose secretariats are located in Geneva. The international dimension of ISE is reinforced by its research and teaching agreements with UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles), UQAM (University of Quebec at Montreal), York University (Ontario, Canada); currently, discussions with the University of Sydney (Australia) and Zayyed University (Abu Dhabi) are under way for further collaborative action.

  • Networking and partnering supporter of CENS
  • Contribution to the Strategic Development Agenda
  • Leadership in scientific partnering, organization of the summer school
  • Sharing the expertise with CENS via running a joint project (joint virtual laboratory)
  • Hosting study visits and fellows
  • Contribution to the project coordination and dissemination

University of Geneva, Institute for Environmental Sciences (UNIGE)


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