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University Of Geneva - Institute of Environmental sciences


University of Geneva Institute of Environmental Sciences
Bvd Carl-Vogt

(+41 22) 379 07 99

Martin Beniston


The University of Geneva’s Institute of Environmental Sciences is a new transdisciplinary programme that benefits from the expertise and world-class reach of natural and social scientists. It offers a systemic approach to the research, teaching, capacity-building and policy needed to respond to the growing and ever more complex interdependencies between cities and global environmental challenges.

Academic institutions
Professeur Martin Beniston, University of Geneva

The Institute of Environmental Sciences aims to close the gap between theoretical debates and the empirical application of environmental information in the context of the complexity of global change and the individual risk contexts of social and economic drivers. It innovates, creating new competence and knowledge, and builds capacity by questioning established assumptions. It educates and expands the knowledge base of academic and professional communities by conducting debates, organizing the professional field of environmental studies and developing outreach to the community and stakeholder groups. It creates and produces the new models, networks, relationships, resources, information and tools necessary for environmental decision-making in political, social and economic contexts. It leads through cooperation, by coordinating and collaborating with partners and customers to mobilise resources and to help anticipate and address environmental issues in real time.

The Institute of Environmental Scienses is led by Prof Martin Beniston. Five main research areas are represented within the Programme: climate change (Prof. Martin Beniston); globalization, urban planning, security and governance (Prof. Rémi baudoui); natural sciences of the environment and biodiversity (Dr Walter Wildi); human ecology (Prof. Roderick Lawrence); and health impact assessment (Dr Jean Simos).


The Institute established cooperative agreements with renowned international universities, including with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Quebec at Montreal, the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Mexico) and York University (Toronto, Canada). Numerous contacts are maintained through participation in EU FP6 and FP7 programmes. Future collaboration is planned with universities in Latin America, Singapore and Australia.


Academic policy papers. See the groups' web pages for full publications lists (via Outlook

climate change
human settlements
capacity building
biological diversity