Webinar series: COVID-19 & Humanitarian Settings

The READY Initiative, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the Centre for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins University and the Centre of Education and Research in Humanitarian Action are hosting a weekly webinar series on COVID-19 and humanitarian settings. The webinars will take place on Wednesdays from 8–9am EST (2-3pm CET).

Please note that webinars are password protected. You can find the webinar password in the Zoom details for each webinar at the bottom of the invitation.

To complement this initiative, COVID-19 Humanitarian, an open access, web-based platform, has been created to promote and value the collection and sharing of field-based COVID-19 programme adaptations and innovations, facilitating learning among organizations in different sectors and contexts.


The Next Crisis Wave of COVID-19: Impacts on household food security and nutrition and preparedness considerations

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 8-9am EDT, 1-2pm BST, 2-3pm CEST

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Previous events

Justice Denied? Access to justice for victims of sexual violence

11 September, 2019. 18.30-20.00 at The Humantarium, Geneva

Sexual violence is recognised as a war crime in international law, but in reality few survivors ever see their attackers brought to justice. Weak rule of law, lack of legal recognition of the crime in many countries, lack of forensic evidence, lack of police response, and the risk of retaliation or stigma for survivors, all work together to prevent many getting justice through the courts.  REGISTER TODAY!

More details here.


The power of courage and altruism: Reflections from Rwanda to the present day


May 28, 2019 - Why do some people help others even if this means putting themselves at risk?  The event will draw on witness accounts and testimonies to reflect on how courage and altruism are present even in the most challenging and shocking circumstances and how this can help us understand their combined power during future crises.

More details here.


Altruism and Acts of Humanity. 20 Years of Humanitarian Education

October 30, 2018 - The year 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the CERAH, Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action. On this occasion, a public conference will explore and question the meaning, role, and impact of altruism in humanitarian action.

FlyerMore details here.


Book launch: Humanitarian Action and Ethics

October 2, 2018CERAH organizes jointly with ICRC, a conference on the moral and ethical dilemmas inherent in the delivery of humanitarian assistance. 

More details here.


Small humanitarian acts that make all the difference in end of life care ? 

September 26, 2018 - CERAH and Humanitarian health ethics (HHE) organizes a joint event on the topic of ethics and palliative care during international humanitarian action, and more precisely on the power and limitations of small humanitarian acts based on themes emerging from the HHE Research Group's multisite study.  

More details here.


Sexual violence against migrants: Time for action - ICRC Humanitarium, Geneva

September 10, 2018 - CERAH and ICRC organized a joint event about sexual violence against men, women and children in the context of growing conflicts around the world. The event gathered experts who are working in these crises to advocate for, and support the rights of migrants and refugees who experience sexual violence.

More details here.


CERAH Humanitarian Corner

May 21, 2018 - Every year, CERAH organizes a networking event that brings together students and humanitarian professionals. This allows our students to better understand the different organizations' recruiting requirements and how they can transfer their competencies and knowledge, gained through CERAH courses, into the humanitarian employment market.


Bangladesh and the Rohingya crisis: What solutions ?

March 15, 2018 - CERAH in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) organized an event within the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH). The event gathered speakers from the South Cooperation Department (SDC), the Embassy and Permanent Representation of the People's Republic of Bangladesh as well as from UNHCR, ICRC and CERAH. 

More details here


  • Sexual Violence against Men and Boys - Breaking the Silence

March 21-23, 2018

Soundcloud Prof SchopperSoundcloud: Listen to CERAH director Prof Schopper responding to Radio Cité, Geneva, "Rencontres du jour" 
Interview Dr DavisPress Clipping: Read about "Les hommes, ces victimes oubliés", interview of Dr Meg Davis by Le Matin
Soundcloud Prof Schopper Soundcloud: Listen to CERAH director Prof Schopper responding to Radio RJB, "Format A3" on April 4, 2017


  • Health workers' perceptions of organizational expectations following disasters, Conference by prof D. Barnett

January 2017 - Daniel J. Barnett is Associate Professor of Environmental Health & Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA and  associate at the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response. Research interests include best practice models to enhance all-hazards public health emergency readiness and response. Specific areas of focus include disaster response surge capacity; design and evaluation of preparedness curricula for public health workers; mental health aspects of public health emergency response; public health readiness exercises; and organizational culture change issues facing health departments in building a ready public health workforce.


  • Fight against drug use in Latin America: Geneva commitment

November 22, 2016 - Conference debate held at the Swiss Press Club, Geneva

More details here 


  • When healthcare is in danger, what can we do?

November, 2016 - Prof Doris Schopper, CERAH Director, moderated a conference on healthcare and its challenges. The event gathered panelists from WHO, MSF and ICRC. 


  • Contemporary challenges to refugees protection

June, 2016 - Prof. Doris Schopper, CERAH Director, was one of the panelists of a conference talking about the contemporary challenges to refugees protection, along with other speakers from UNHCR, GSI (UNIGE), InZone(GSI), UNIGE.



  • Epidémies et sociétés : Passé, Présent, Futur

June, 2016 - Prof. Doris Schopper, CERAH Director, chaired a conference-debate on "Epidémies et sociétés: passé, présent et futur", organized by the Société Genevoise d'utilité publique in partnership with ICRC.

More details here


  • Famine in Somalia

April, 2016 - CERAH and the Graduate Institute's Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP)  co-organized a debate around the book launch of Daniel Maxwell "Famine in Somalia". The book was shortly introduced by its author then discussed with a panel formed of Renée LARIVIERE, Deputy Director General Development and Learning, Interpeace and Christophe GOLAY, Lecturer, CERAH. The debate was moderated by Prof. Gilles CARBONNIER, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID).