Closing date for Registration, Monday March 2nd 2020

  • Early bird registration for member schools by Friday December 20th, 2019. CHF 450
    Special group rate for Member Schools:  every 4th registration free (must be registered at the same time)
    Individual Registration for Member Schools after December 20TH, 2019 CHF 475
  • Registration for Non-Member Schools:  CHF 525  
    Special group rate for Non-Member Schools:  every 4th registration free (must be registered at the same time)
    Individual registrations: CHF 525

Registration covers coffee breaks and lunch.

Gala Dinner  

CHF 100 per delegate by registration only.  The Gala Dinner will take place at the President Wilson Hotel, Geneva on Friday March 20th, 2020. There are limited places.
Please indicate on the registration form if you wish to attend. 
Apero 19.30 & Dinner 20.00. 
Dress code – Smart casual.  

Please pay your registration fee before March 10th 2020 directly to: Swiss Group of International Schools, UBS PO Box, CH1260, Nyon. Account number: 228-E0122617.0.

Terms and conditions (Please read carefully)

Important information on cancellation of conference fees – Please read carefully

  • Please note that an administration fee of 75% will be levied on registration fees for any cancellation after January 17th 2020.
  • Cancellation after Feb 17th 2020 – no reimbursement of registration fees 
  • Cancellation or no-show at the Gala Dinner CHF 100. Once booked the Gala dinner is non-refundable.

Disclaimer: please be aware that by taking part in this conference, you consent to your voice, name, and/or likeness being used, without compensation, in films and photos for exploitation in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised, for eternity, and you release the swiss group of international schools, their successors, assigns and licensees from any liability whatsoever of any nature.

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Conference venue

The Annual Conference on Friday 20th March and Saturday 21st March will take place at the Institut Florimont, Lancy, Geneva.
+41 22 879 00 00

Geneva amazing experiences map available at the Institut Florimont for people who want a longer stay in Geneva.


There are a great number of hotels in Geneva to fit all purse strings. However, Geneva hosts many conferences and seminars/meetings so accommodation can fill up very quickly. I would suggest you book your hotel as soon as you can.

The Gala dinner will be held at the President Wilson Hotel

SGIS will host a gala dinner on Friday 20th March for those who register to attend Places are limited so to avoid disappointment please book early.

Dress code is smart casual.

Badges must be worn at all times at the Gala Dinner, entrance to the Gala dinner will be denied to those not wearing their badge.

Other hotels near the school that may be of interest (recommended by the school):

Hotel Ibis
Chemin des Olliquettes 8
1213 Geneva
+41 22 709 02 00

Hotel Ibis Budget
Chemin des Olliquettes 6
1213 Geneva
+41 22 709 02 20

Transport and Travel to and within Geneva


The nearest airport is Cointrin (Geneva)
On arrival you will find a ticket machine in the luggage area which you may collect a ticket for free travel in Geneva for a limited time.

Transport Network Mobility Ticket:

Visitors staying at a hotel in Geneva receive a Mobility Ticket when checking in. Some hotels issue a room reservation confirmation stamped with “Mobility Ticket.”


From Geneva take Bus 19, 2 (Les Marbriers), Bus 22, 23 (Chemin du Bac) ,Tram 14 or bus 21 (Petit-Lancy-place)*

From the airport take Bus 28, 23 (Chemin du Bac)*
(*There will be guides at the bus stops who will direct people towards the school for 45mn before the beginning of the conference and 30mn after the start).

Here you will find all transport information and local transport maps.
The link for Geneva public transport is

Taxis: Taxiphone +41 22 33 141 33 (credit cards and cash).

Car Parking:

There is no parking at the school. The nearest parking is;
Parking Louis Bertrand (500 meters) * (*There will be guides to indicate the way to school)


At this time of the year Geneva can be changeable. Please check the Swiss Meteo for weather conditions before you travel.


For those traveling from outside Switzerland the currency is Swiss Francs.


Recommended by Institut Florimont: (more info on the web sites)

  • L’Entrecôte Couronnée
  • L’Odeon
  • Café des Négociants
  • Buvette des Bains des Pâquis

Other places: Les Armures and the Old Town.