Inviting specialists who talk about their experience, is there any better way to cast light on the mechanics of the diplomatic community?
Briefly stated, our mission is to expose students to the wide range of possibilities linked to diplomacy. To fulfill this mission we organize numerous conferences each year, which demystify the diplomatic world.
Our events offer new insight into a diplomat’s activities and contemporary issues. These are unique opportunities to talk with individuals who are experts in their field and learn more about their professional and personal backgrounds and to discuss specific topics.
Working in our conference department is an excellent opportunity for any students wishing to gain extra-curricular experience. She/he will develop her/his sense of initiative and responsibility, and will be part of a tightknit team as well as a larger community of students passionate about diplomacy and world affairs.
A word from the department’s co-Head Callie Furrer:
« I have been part of the Conference Department since September 2020 and I have recently been appointed as co-chief. My interest for diplomacy started when I was very young during my numerous trips with my parents, and that’s why I’ve been always curious about relationships between countries. Having started my studies in International Relations in Geneva in september 2020, the SDSA seemed like an ideal way to learn more about this field while being active in the Conference Department »
A word from the department’s co-Head Marie Duvernois:
“I have been part of the SDSA since April 2021 and I immediately felt like I fit in. Currently studying International Relations in Geneva, joining this association whose goal is to democratize diplomacy was something obvious for me. My role within the Conference Department allowed me to gain new skills, both in logistics when organising a conference and in interpersonal relations given that we are in contact with different speakers. I was able to put aside my shyness and it allowed to me to meet wonderful people, as well as widening my professional network.”
“Studying international relations gave me a lot of theoretical knowledge that I felt I could not use efficiently. I wanted to get involved in an association with a professionalizing component in order to refine my knowledge in the field of diplomacy and take advantage of my skills acquired during previous professional experiences. The conference department offers me a way to acquire a methodology in the preparation of events, this learning is good training as well as an asset for my future professional life.”
“I joined SDSA as a member of the Conference Department in October 2021. In my opinion, it constitutes and ideal way to give a concrete meaning to my studies, to actively take part in projects within an association upholding values I share. Given that my strongest will is learning to think on our world, involving myself in an association to tackle diplomatic stakes outside of my studies is in my opinion a source of personal and professional growth.”
“I joined the SDSA in February 2019. Having long been passionate about the notion of “international”, it seems to me that this framework is essential today. It is because our world is interconnected and every destabilization implies a domino effect, that it is today essential to look beyond national borders in order to find common solutions to the world’s problems. The SDSA is the best gateway to this and to get an idea of the many dimensions of this sphere.“
“Member of the SDSA since the beginning of 2022, I joined the Conference Department in order to efficiently apply the theoretical knowledge learned thanks to the Bachelor in Political Science. Having traveled a lot during my childhood, diplomacy has always been an obvious choice to me, and the field that I’m particularly interested in is that of project realization, therefore the values embodied by the SDSA are in perfect harmony with my professional project.”