Can you turn challenges into opportunities? Do you see novel ideas in old practices? Will you upturn the status quo? Do you want to adapt and thrive in our dynamic, global society? Yes? Then we want you!


Come along and we will support you in:

  • drawing the blueprint of our future
  • making change happen
  • promoting and strengthening network efforts


Aims & Benefits


General objective

The International Swiss Talent Forum brings together talented and motivated young people from Europe and beyond. The goal of the 2018 Forum is for you to generate novel and thought provoking ideas around the topic “The Future of Urban Life” and by doing so, to shape this future for you and your generation.

By placing students amongst experts, decision-makers and lateral-thinkers, we create a space for innovation, interaction and debate to develop new solutions to current global issues. Working closely in such a setting, participants will learn how to tackle interdisciplinary problems with solution-oriented approaches. They also have the chance to build a network of national and international contacts, which will launch their aspirations in business, science or politics.


Objective of YOUR work

You will, in diverse groups of seven participants, work on one aspect of “The Future of Urban Life”. With the support of specialized coaches, your team will create one or several ideas that will be presented on the last day of the forum. The format of the final presentation is free. The Coaches and Media Team will be happy to share potential presentation ideas, techniques and formats with you.

The objective of these ideas is to redefine the future of cities for you, your fellow participants and society at large.


Your final idea should fit into the following criteria:

  • You believe it is relevant
  • You believe it will help shape the way we plan the future of urban life and add value for a specific audience or group
  • You think it is important for society at large
  • You really LIKE the idea



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


Official ISTF partners and sponsors have covered costs, 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 (conditions apply).


Terms and Conditions


You are eligible to apply, if you are:

  • a motivated and talented young person aged 18 – 22
  • 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 recommended by your National Youth Science Foundation Organiser, or a winner of your National Youth Science Competition