Middle
East
Mediterranean

MEM

Summer Summit
Lugano, Switzerland

The Seminar

15 - 23 August 2019

Overview

The aim of the Seminar is to facilitate discussions and exchange of ideas among young participants considered to be innovators, by providing a favourable environment and neutral guidance for thinking outside the box, finding common grounds, and exploring solutions beyond national boundaries. Challenging questions are posed to provoke bold answers and the quality of debate is ensured by emphasising mutual respect and self-reflection. Learning is believed to be about sharing experiences, active participation and social encounters.

Through a series of plenary lectures, participatory workshops, brainstorming sessions, film screenings, and cultural activities, participants are encouraged to reflect, and discuss topics from the following main areas:

  • New Dynamics of the Middle East Mediterranean Region
  • Middle East Mediterranean Region: Governance, Administration, and Policy Making
  • Middle East Mediterranean Region: Cultural Narratives

The Seminar Programme

The programme consists of a series of plenary session and workshops, thematically separated into three streams:

Course coordinated by Prof Gilles Kepel, Prof Hela Ouardi, and Dr Federica Frediani

Course coordinated by Prof Jean-Patrick Villeneuve in collaboration with the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)

Course coordinated by Prof Riccardo Bocco, Prof Silvia Naef, and Dr Federica Frediani

Full programme of the Seminar 2019: 

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The Università della Svizzera Italiana endorses the MEM Code of Conduct, which is applicable to all individuals participating in the MEM Summer Summit.

Code of Conduct

 

The Participants

The MEM Summer Summit welcomes 100 young people from 25 countries of the Middle East Mediterranean region.

Seminar Speakers

Photo credit: Miguel Bueno

CAROLINE ABU SA’DA

President, ONG SOS Méditerranée, France

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EMILIANO ALBANESE

Professor, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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ANNA ANTONIOS

Programme Officer, Swisspeace, Switzerland

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FABRICE BALANCHE

Associate Professor, University of Lyon, France

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SALEH BARAKAT

Art Expert, Gallery Owner and Curator, Gallery Agial/Saleh Barakat, Lebanon

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SOUHAÏL BELHADJ

Research Associate, Graduate Institute, Switzerland

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RICCARDO BOCCO

Professor, Graduate Institute, Switzerland

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ADHAM DARAWSHA

Assessor for Cultures and Democratic Participation, Municipality of Palermo, Italy

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FEDERICA DE ROSSA

Professor and Director, Institute of Law, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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GABRIELE DERIGHETTI

Deputy Head MENA Division, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

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ISHAC DIWAN

Professor, PSL – Paris Sciences et Lettres; École normale supérieure, France

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JOLANTA DRZEWIECKA

Professor, Institute for Public Communication, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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RABIH EL CHAMMAY

Psychiatrist, Saint Joseph University, Lebanon

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MARTA FADDA

Postdoctoral Researcher, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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FEDERICA FREDIANI

Ph.D. Senior Researcher, Educational Program Manager MEM Freethinking Platform, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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SARA GRECO

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Communication Sciences, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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ABIR HAJ IBRAHIM

Co-Founder and Board Member, Modaberoon Network, Syria

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MARC-ANDRÉ HALIDMANN

Research Associate, University of Bern, Switzerland

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MARLEN HEIDE

Ph.D. Student, Institute for Public Communication, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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JEAN-JACQUES HIBLE

Policy Analyst, Public Governance Directorate, OECD, Switzerland

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JULIAN HOTTINGER

Expert and Mediator, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

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TOMASZ JANOWSKI

Professor and Head of Department of Applied Informatics in Management, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland; Professor, Danube University Krems, Krems, Austria

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ALEXANDRE KAZEROUNI

Associate Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France

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GILLES KEPEL

Professor, PLS Paris Sciences et Lettres-École normale supérieure, France; Adjunct Professor and Scientific director of the Middle East Mediterranean Freethinking Platform, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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FYRAS MAWAZINI

Country Director for Morocco and Tunisia, Drosos Foundation, Switzerland

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DIMA MOHAMMED

Senior Researcher, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

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EL MOUHOUB MOUHOUD

Professor, University of Paris Dauphine PSL, France

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SILVIA NAEF

Professor, Université de Genève, Switzerland

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IBRAHIM OLABI

Executive Director and Founder, Syrian Legal Development Programme, Syria

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JUANITA OLAYA

Lawyer, Independent Expert; Chair, UNCAC Coalition, Germany

Hela Ouardi à Paris le 27 fevrier 2019

HELA OUARDI

Professor, Université de Tunis, Tunisia

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FRANCESCA PIANA

Historian, Université de Genève, Switzerland

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GIOVANNI PICA

Professor, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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FRANCIS PICCAND

Head, Think-Tank Middle East and North Africa, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

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NADIA REDISSI

Training manager, Maison de l’Image, Tunisia

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ANDREA ROCCI

Dean and Professor, Faculty of Communication Sciences, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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IBRAHIM SAÏD

Research Associate, Centre of Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP); Co-founder, Think-Ahead, Switzerland

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SAMIR

Filmmaker, Producer, Author, and Film Director, Switzerland

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MARK THATCHER

Professor, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) Guido Carli, Rome, Italy

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YVES UBELMANN

President and Co-founder, Iconem, France

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LUCA URECH

Swiss Career Diplomat and Syria Programme Manager, Human Security Division, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

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LIISA VÄLIKANGAS

Professor, Hanken School of Economics, Finland

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ELINE VAN DER VLIST

Artistic Director, Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Jordan

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COSTA VAYENAS

Director, Procivis Think Tank, Switzerland

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JEAN-PATRICK VILLENEUVE

Professor and Vice-Director, Institute for Public Communication, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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PIO WENNUBST

Vice Director General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland

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DIMITRIOS XEFTERIS

Assitant Professor, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Application

Applications for the MEM Summer Summit 2019 are now closed.

The MEM Summer Summit welcomed applications from candidates:

  • aged between 25 and 35
  • from the Middle East Mediterranean region and/or with a demonstrated interest in the region
  • with diverse educational backgrounds and work experience (professionals with careers in business, media, human rights and non-governmental work as well as artists, intellectuals, students and researchers)
  • with interest in intercultural dialogue
  • with the ability to work as part of a team
  • with the will to collaborate and actively interact positively with all participants
  • with a working knowledge of English and French

The deadline for applications was Friday, 17 May 2019.

Tuition fees for participation in the MEM Summer Summit 2019 are 2’300 CHF / 2’000 EUR.

Tuition fees include: plenary sessions and workshops of the Seminar, access to the two-day Forum, and all activities during the Summit, lunches and coffee breaks. 

Tuition fees do NOT include: accommodation, visas, health insurance, travel costs and dinners.

Successful self-sponsored applicants are required to pay  the tuition fee no later than Monday, 1 July 2019.

It is only upon reception of the tuition payment that an applicant is considered formally enrolled and their place in the MEM Summer Summit 2019 is secured.

If payment is not made in due time, Università della Svizzera italiana reserves the right to cancel the admission and attribute the place to another candidate.

Precise payment instructions will be given to the applicants by email after their application has been approved. 

In case of cancellations applicants should refer to the General Regulations for Young Change-Makers and contact the MEM Summer Summit organisers at MEM@usi.ch.

The MEM Summer Summit organisers offered a limited number of partial or full grants for participation in the MEM Summer Summit 2019.

  • Eligibility depended on the application and motivation letter for a grant.
  • Priority was given to covering the expenses of citizens from low-income countries or with proven financial needs.

Venue

USI Lugano Campus, Università della Svizzera italiana

The Seminar of the MEM Summer Summit 2019 will take place at Università della Svizzera italiana.

The Campus hosts the USI Faculties of Communication Sciences, Economics, Informatics and Biomedical Sciences, as well as the University central administrative offices and library.

Practical information

Transport

By train: Lugano is one of the principal stops on the main European North-South route and can be reached from many cities in the northern and southern part of Europe by direct day or night train connections. Check trains and updated departure times from/to Lugano here

By plane: The quickest way to get to Lugano from most places abroad, will be through a number of airports listed below: 

  • From Milano Malpensa: There are frequent direct bus connections to Lugano (travel time 1hr). These are the main providers operating from Malpensa Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 2: GiosyTours, LuganoServizi, and JetBus.
  • Lugano Airport is served by Swiss International Air Lines. From the airport, you can take a shuttle bus to the centre of the city or a taxi. 
  • Zurich Airport: As an alternative you might consider flying to Zurich and use the train to travel to Lugano (overall, a 2h journey). There is a direct, hourly train from Zurich main station to Lugano. It is a chance to experience the longest train tunnel in Europe by passing under the Gotthard.

By car: The University is located in Via Giuseppe Buffi 13 and can be easily reached by car. The underground University parking lot is passed the second traffic light after the Glass building (The LAB) on your right. If you need to reach the University entrance instead, keep going straight passed the parking lot entrance and turn second right onto via Fusoni. Turn second right onto Via Lambertenghi and keep going straight until the end of the road until you see the University main building in front of you.


By bus from the train station: Go to the bus stop across the street from the train station and take the Nr. 6 bus towards Cornaredo and get off at “Università” (3 stops).


By bus from downtown Lugano: At the bus terminal, take the Nr. 5 bus towards “Viganello” and get off at “Università” (3 stops).

On foot (around 20-25 minutes): Reach the city centre by taking the pedestrian bridge across the street from the train station and follow the road downhill.  From Piazza Cioccaro head south to Piazza Dante. Walk across the square and turn left onto Via Pretorio. Cross Via Pretorio to get to the bus terminal. Walk pass the bus terminal and keep heading straight onto Corso Pestalozzi until you reach a big underground car park and the entrance of the Ciani Park. Turn left onto Via Lucchini and keep walking straight until you reach the University main building (Via Lucchini eventually becomes Via Lambertenghi).

Lugano has an effective bus system connecting different parts of the city. Tickets must be purchased at the bus stop. All destinations in the city centre can also be easily reached on foot.

Envision and foster change.

Volunteer Programme

Volunteer applications for the MEM Summer Summit 2019 are now closed.

 

Call for volunteers

The Università della Svizzera italiana is looking for proactive people who are interested in volunteering for the MEM Summer Summit 2019.

The international event gathers young change-makers, leaders from the public and private sector, artists, and intellectuals in the south of Switzerland to address recent developments and persisting problems in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries.

Volunteers can get involved in either the Seminar, the Forum or the entire Summit. The selected volunteers for the Forum will be granted a complimentary registration. Please note that costs related to accommodation and travel are the volunteers’ responsibility.

Requirements

Applicants should:

  • Preferably be enrolled in a Swiss university
  • Have a very good command of English. People with additional language skills are encouraged to apply
  • Have experience in the field of event management, hospitality and communication
  • Preferably, have a keen interest in politics, society and culture of the Middle East Mediterranean region

Benefit from the programme

  • Join cutting-edge discussions and meet interesting figures from the region
  • Work in a dynamic and cooperative team of professionals
  • Have a great opportunity to show your potential
  • Enrich your CV with an exciting experience
  • Receive a working certificate at the end of the event

Students of Università della Svizzera italiana have the possibility to obtain credits from the Volunteer Programme.

When not on duty, volunteers can attend programme sessions, as well as lunches and coffee breaks. If there are specific sessions that volunteers would particularly like to attend, we kindly invite them to inform us, and we will do our best to accommodate their request.

 

The deadline for receiving applications was Sunday, 30 June 2019.