Public Events

The Graduate Institute hosts nearly 300 public events each year at Maison de la paix, in a wide range of formats: evening lectures, lunch briefings, full-day conferences, panel discussions, film screenings, theatrical performances etc. Featuring experts from within and beyond the Institute, our events are designed to stimulate debate on the main challenges of today’s world and on major issues such as trade, finance, conflict, religion, the environment, migration, health, gender and governance.


Influential figures from government, NGOs, academia, business and civil society respond to key global challenges, presenting and debating their views with the audience. Lectures typically take place from 18:30 to 20:00.


Expert panels on pressing contemporary issues, featuring competing perspectives from the public, private, not-for-profit and academic sectors. Debates are moderated to give the audience the chance to participate fully in the discussion. These events typically take place from 18:30 to 20:00.

Lunch briefings

These highly topical sessions deliver expert analysis on a major international issue. An Institute professor or prominent guest provides a 30-minute presentation, followed by 30 minutes of debate with the audience. Briefings take place between 12:30 and 13:30.

Film screenings

Important, groundbreaking and award-winning films from around the world. Screenings are followed by a public debate on the main issues emerging from the film, often in the presence of the director. Free and open to the public, these events typically take place from 18:30 to 21:00.

Other conferences and round tables

The Institute holds a wide range of other public conferences and round tables featuring academics, business leaders, politicians, influencers and commentators, responding to pressing issues.

Details of upcoming events are in our event calendar.