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Trang an Scenic Landscape Complex Viet Nam UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO, in cooperation with the Vietnamese authorities, recently hosted a workshop on World Heritage and sustainable development at the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Viet Nam. The workshop responded to the request by the World Heritage Committee to develop a policy on the integration of sustainable development into the processes of the World Heritage Convention. Peter Larsen (University of Lucerne), coordinator of the SNIS funded project on rights practices in the world heritage system, participated as one of the experts in relation to rights-based approaches, indigenous and local communities issues. Preliminary research outputs of this promising SNIS project are likely to give an input in the sustainable development policy processes of the World Heritage Convention.


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Further information on the workshop

SNIS Award - 2015 edition

The 2015 edition of the SNIS Award is now open for submission. The Award, valued at CHF 5'000, will be given to the best thesis in international studies defended in a Swiss University during the calendar year of 2014. Submitted PhD theses can deal with a wide range of academic disciplines, such as political science, economics, sociology, social and cultural anthropology, law, history, geography and environmental sciences.

The submission deadline is 9 april 2015.

view the formal application rules
get information on how to submit your entry


Solar Energy - sustainable source of power_photo credit: UN Photo ID 83954. 01/01/1978.

The deadline for submission of pre-proposals has been extended until 29 January 2015 (13:00 - GMT + 1 h).

Project grants are offered for pluri-disciplinary research, ranging from CHF 100’000 to 300’000, over a two-year period. To be eligible for funding, project proposals must qualify as international and pluri-disciplinary studies. Thematically, submissions can also be made on the special theme 2015:

Marrying development and....

affordable and sustainable energy - protection and sustainable use of terrestial and maritime ecosystems - safe and inclusive cities - sustainable production and consumption regimes - cybersecurity.

The SNIS team is at the disposal of interested researchers to reply to specific questions.

View further details on eligibility criteria and the submission procedure

View the projects that have been accepted for funding in 2014


Winter Scenes - UN Geneva

The Secretariat of the Swiss Network for International Studies is closed during Christmas holidays from Friday, 19 December (17:30) 2014 until Monday, 5 January 2015 (09:00).

Urgent queries in connection with the submission of a pre-proposal within the call for projects 2015 will be handled during this period. Respective mail requests can be sent to: projects@snis.ch.

Best Season's Greetings! The SNIS team looks forward to a collaborative and prosperous year 2015.

Date: Monday, 24 November, 2014 - 09:00 to Tuesday, 25 November, 2014 - 17:15

Location: Room 6050, Uni Mail, University of Geneva 40, bd du Pont d'Arve, 1205 Geneva

The workshop, organised by Prof. Barbara Moser-Mercer (Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Geneva),  will examine the education-fragility nexus with particular focus on access to higher education in emergencies. It will focus on techno-pedagogical approaches to increase both availability and accessibility of higher education offers by using Open Educational Resources (OER). The workshops will also map the potential of virtual learning and OERs for both formal and non-formal higher education in emergencies.

read more information: Inzone - Higher Education in Emergencies: the Potential of Open Educational Resources and Virtual Learning in Fragile Contexts

This workshop is taking place in the framework of the International Geneva Incubator Workshop support programme, recently set-up by the SNIS.

Registration here (by 15 November 2014)