General Infos


ISTF 2019: 6 – 9th February 2019


The eighth International Swiss Talent Forum will be held at the Hotel Sempachersee in Nottwil. Located in the heart of Switzerland, outfitted with modern facilities, and fully tailored to your needs, the Hotel Sempachersee ensures that your stay near Lucerne will be an exciting experience. The hotel’s restaurants, bars, lobby and reception area, and above all the conference infrastructure itself, were given a comprehensive makeover and a brand new lease of life in 2017. Together with the innovative outdoor conference platforms, the modernised conference rooms, which are cooled with lake water, represent a source of added dynamism for successful conferences. The 150 newly designed hotel rooms, spread across five pavilions and the separate hotel annexe, impress guests with their stylish interior and offer a high level of comfort. 


Hotel Sempachersee • Kantonsstrasse 46 • CH 6207 Nottwil
Phone •  +41 (0)41 939 23 23
E-mail: [email protected]


How to get there

By Public Transport

  • From Nottwil station – ten minutes away – trains run every half hour to and from Lucerne and (via Sursee) to and from Basel, Bern, Geneva and Zurich.
  • Regional bus network stops:
    NBF 62, bus stop Nottwil, Eymatt SPZ
    NBF 65, stop Nottwil, SPZ

By private Transport

  • Nottwil is close to the A2 motorway (Basel-Lucerne). Follow the signs from the Sursee exit to the Nottwil campus. A multi-storey car park with 300 free spaces is available.



Participation at ISTF is free! All you need to bring is an open, innovative, and motivated attitude.

Official ISTF partners will cover all costs for the duration of the Forum, including:

  • Registration for the event
  • Participants’ board and accommodation, including meals and refreshments
  • The ISTF social program

Participants from abroad will receive a full reimbursement of their travel expenses to Switzerland (conditions apply). Insurance and additional personal expenses, as well as visas to enter Switzerland (for those who require one) will not be covered.


Terms and conditions

Are you driven by a need for achievement and the desire to make a meaningful difference? For the 8th time, in 2019 we will be uniting 70 of the most inspiring, interesting, enthusiastic, determined, innovative young talents from Europe, Asia, USA and beyond, for a fully-funded, life-changing youth opportunity. Come along and acquire a skill set that is not only useful in the context of the annual topic, but essential for any person’s ability to succeed in an ever changing and increasingly competitive global society.

You are eligible to apply, if you are:

  • a motivated and talented young person aged 18 – 22 at the time of the Forum
  • in your final years of high school (grammar school or professional school), or enrolled in bachelor studies at college or university
  • really interested in the topic and committed to achieving change in our world
  • fluent in spoken and written English
  • Students from outside Switzerland: are eligible to attend by invitation only. You must be a finalist of your National Youth Science Competition and be nominated by your National Youth Science Foundation Organiser.



Schweizer Jugend forscht
Karin Büchler, PhD
Project Manager ISTF

Phone: +41 (0)31 377 71 00
Direct line: +41 (0)31 377 71 05
Fax: +41 (0)31 377 71 01

E-mail: karin.buechler(at)