We believe events are essential for community building, creating knowledge, and catalyzing change. The Villars Symposium and Villars Summit are designed to foster intergenerational collaboration and to promote trans-disciplinary collaboration. The Villars Institute also organizes artistic, cultural, educational and wellness activities that encourage biodiversity, planetary health, and sustainable development with partners from across Switzerland and from around the world.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Villars Framework Launch Summit

15–17 September 2023

The Villars Framework Launch Event – Remaking the Global Trading System for a Sustainable Future Project convened senior leaders from national governments, international organizations, businesses, NGOs, and universities to shape a people-centered and inclusive agenda to align the international trade system with sustainable development and climate change action, and thereby strengthen the trade system. The discussion focused on the Villars Framework for a Sustainable Trading System, which represents the culmination of two years of intensive research, analysis, and discussion, through ten thematic workshops exploring various aspects of the trade-sustainability interface.

The Nature Restoration Roundtable

11–12 September 2023

The Nature Restoration Roundtable is a global meeting of 30 invited experts to explore ways to accelerate natural climate solutions at scale in key biomes around the world. The Roundtable will also shape the agenda for the 2024 Villars Institute Summit which convenes over 200 experts, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and philanthropists working across domains to unlock systemic solutions in the areas of agrifood, biodiversity, climate, and energy. The Roundtable will also provide an unique opportunity to shape the future strategy of a new $500 million USD nature-based solutions platform (Silvania) focusing on preventing deforestation; supporting biodiversity; and scaling sustainable forest management.