Events worldwide

Upcoming and Latest Events Worldwide

CERAH teaching staff, managers and board members participate in meetings and conferences on topical issues worldwide. Their roles as speakers, moderators or panelists influence the debate on humanitarian action and efficiently support CERAH's visibility.


Humanitarian in CrisisL'humanitaire en crise (Humanitarian in Crisis)

When: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 8PM

Where: Chêne Bougeries, Switzerland, Salle Jean-Jacques Gautier (route du vallon)

The conference will be held in french.

At the first global humanitarian summit in Istanbul (2016), this topic has raised an alarm and mobilized governments, public and private organizations. What are the reasons and how to deal with it?
Specialists Hichem Khadhraoui, Claire Colliard and Edith Favoreu will provide some answers during this round table.

Edith Favoreu is the Deputy Director at CERAH. She has worked in development for over sixteen years, projects in the field (Bolivia, Benin) and at headquarters of local and European NGOs (Central America, Chad, Haiti) as well as for UNESCO.





Prof Doris Schopper, Director of CERAH participated at the 17th World Congress of the Academy of Human Reproduction, in Italy.

When: March 15th 2017

Where: Rome, Italy

She introduced "Sexual Violence in Conflict: addressing the needs of women".

Video Prof SchopperWebinar: Watch her presentation online







SWISSNEX San Francisco

swissnexCERAH Director Prof Schopper gave the introductory conference in the second event in swissnex's "Everyone a Humanitarian" series. The hub featured a full day of crash courses, hands-on problem solving, and live conversations with people on the ground.

When: January 28, 2017, from 8:30AM to 8:PM America/LA time

Where: swissnex San Francisco, California

Soundcloud Prof SchopperSoundcloud: Listen to CERAH director Prof Schopper intervening on action, individual stories and in soft skills


After joining a live conversation with people in remote locations and an introduction to humanitarian action given by the expert CERAH, participants freely rotated between three different breakout sessions:

The Crash Course Corner introduced topics in humanitarian action such as disaster response, connectivity in emergencies, and business models with humanitarian impact

The Challenge Corner was a workspace where humanitarian actors present questions and challenges they face, and gather insights from attendees on how to tackle them

The Conversation Corner allowed participants to connect, share stories, and self-organize an exchange of ideas and approaches around humanitarian action.

Access the full programme here.


International Ethics Summit “Morality in the global era: theory, policy and praxis”


Doha QatarProfessor Schopper talks this Monday afternoon at the International Ethics Summit “Morality in the global era: theory, policy and praxis”. Her presentation will cover the "blurred ethical lines between innovation and research.

When: Monday, December 5, 2016
: Doha, Qatar


Humanitarian organizations often have to innovate to deliver healthcare and aid to populations in complex and volatile contexts. Like research, innovation implies generating knowledge and may involve human subjects. However, innovation is a looser, less-easily defined process. Whilst well-established ethical guidance exists for humanitarian medical research, to date there has been little published analysis on ethical oversight of humanitarian medical innovation. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian medical organizations. During its history, MSF has constantly developed innovative protocols and tools, in response to unmet field needs. The increased emphasis on research led to the creation of an ethics review board (ERB) in 2001. More recently, MSF developed an ethics framework for humanitarian innovation.  A useful starting point in the development of an ethics framework for innovation is the seven ‘best-practice’ principles proposed by ELRHA. However, it is a major challenge to move from a principled approach to practical decision-making without clear guidance. Furthermore, the distinction between research and innovation is not clear-cut: innovation can relate to testing a new drug for a neglected disease under field conditions as much as implementing a new technical device to improve mapping of communities during the recent Ebola outbreak. Based on the experience of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the MSF Ethics Review Board this paper will examine in which way research and innovation differ or converge in the health field; determine how the potential for harm dictates the stringency of the ethical assessment and review; and propose ethical principles and processes to provide guidance for innovation projects which do not involve human subjects or their data, and which therefore do not undergo research ethics review. 



posterCERAH will be present at this year's edition of the "Salon de Métiers de l'Humanitaire" in Annemasse.

When: November 25 and 26, 2016
Where: Annemasse, Complexe Martin Luther King

Friday, November 25: side events

CERAH will participate in a workshop on new trainings to be developed. Educational centres and HR managers will come together and exchange on needs and possibilities. 

Saturday, November 26: exhibition + round-table

9 AM - 18 PM: 60 NGOs from France and Switzerland will present their work and educational programmes. Workshops, conferences, interviews... CERAH will present its exclusive course offering for improved humanitarian action.

2 PM - 3:30 PM: A round table will be animated by Jean-Marc Biquet, CERAH lecturer and course coordinator, on "training to work for international organizations".



CERAH Poster Presentation at 2016 eucen Autumn Seminar

Poster Designing Strategies - HDLWhen: 24 - 25 November, 2016

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Digitalisation in university continuing education: technology, content and pedagogy

CERAH Deputy Director Dr Edith FAVOREU will present a poster on CERAH's distance learning course "Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action". Emphasizing on adaptive and flexible strategies, the course focuses on individual working situations and enables participants to reflect on their current practice as they learn.





When: Friday, October 28, 2016 from 9am to 4:30pm

Where: Stade de Suisse, Berne, Switzerland

Candidates interested in a career in humanitarian aid or development cooperation will attend the Forum CINFO on 28 October 2016. The forum is the largest career fair on the job market of international cooperation and attracts a wide array of NGOs, UN Organizations and international training institutions.

As Geneva's academic platform for Humanitarian action CERAH will have its presentation booth and inform visitors about current and new courses, upcoming dates and events. Throughout the day visitors will get the opportunity to network with peers and experienced professionals in humanitarian action.

At 10:30 AM CERAH will present its new training offers focusing on long-term development and humanitarian aid in the conference room.

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tropEd General Assembly Meeting

When: Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October, 2016

Where: Royal Tropical Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Veronica Foubert and Prof Doris Schopper, will be present at the tropEd General Assembly Meeting, in Amsterdam to defend our courses. Network of which CERAH is a collaborating member since June 2016.