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At a glance
Blazon of Fribourg city Fribourg is the capital of the Swiss canton of Fribourg. It is located on the Swiss plateau, nestling by its meandering river the Sarine, and is an important economic, administrative and educational center on the cultural border between German and French Switzerland. Blazon of Fribourg canton

Fribourg: a city of incomparable charm, steeped in 850 years of history, and acknowledged to possess one of the finest ensembles of medieval architecture anywhere in Europe. Its old city is a cultural treasure trove, with the St-Nicolas cathedral and numerous gothic buildings, that sits on a small rocky hill above the valley of the Sarine. From a human point of view, Fribourg offers an enviable quality of life, based on harmonious economic development and its location on the cultural border between the French-speaking and German-speaking parts of Switzerland.

To grasp the essence of Fribourg, it is necessary to understand its spiritual dimension and rich artistic activity. As a result of the religious rivalties of the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, the Collège Saint-Michel was established on the banks of the Sarine, dedicated to the training of the canton’s élite. As the educational flagship of the town, this Jesuitical institution was naturally instrumental in the founding of the University in 1889.

The Canton of Fribourg presents various landscapes at different altitudes, among which the prealpine and alpine stages offer the most amazing views. Cattle breeding and dairy production are key economical activities of the canton which largely contribute to its international visibility: cheese-making is a speciality in the district of La Gruyère, home of the world-famous cheese with the same name; the chocolate making industry is well established in Broc (Cailler), where an international research centre has been lately inaugurated, and in Fribourg as well (Villars).

Location of Fribourg


• Canton of Fribourg
• District of Sarine
• 582 - 747 m
• 35,680 inhabitants (2011)
• French and German

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Excursions During the programme of our meeting our guests will have the opportunity to discover some aspects of this region by choosing one of the 3 visits that we propose on Tuesday, September 3, in the afternoon at 3 PM.
At a glance Located directly at the language border between the French and German speaking parts of Switzerland, the University of Fribourg is the only bilingual university of our country, offering a full academic curriculum both in French and German.

The roots of the University can be traced back to 1582, when the notable Jesuit Peter Canisius founded the Collège Saint-Michel in the city of Fribourg. In 1763, an Academy of law was founded by the state of Fribourg which formed the nucleus of the present Law faculty. The University of Fribourg was finally created in 1889 by an act of the parliament of the canton. This breeding-ground for young talent now boasts an alma mater that is a rare example in Europe of a bilingual Haute Ecole, with several centres of excellence enjoying an international reputation.

The Miséricorde campus, constructed between 1939-42, was designed by the architects Honegger and Dumas, students of the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier, and as such is deemed to be of major architectural importance. A second campus for the sciences departments and laboratories was gradually developed in the Pérolles area of Fribourg during the 20th century, and, in 2005, an additional complex Pérolles II was inaugurated to accommodate a doubling of student numbers since 1980.

Students number about 10,000, followed by about 240 tenured professors and 700 other academic teaching and research personnel.


With the exception of the opening lectures, that will start the meeting at Cap’Ciné in Fribourg on Sunday, all sessions will take place at the Auditorium Joseph Deiss (named after a Swiss politician from Fribourg, currently President of the United Nations General Assembly), in Building 22 of the Pérolles II campus of the university.

Auditorium Joseph Deiss
University of Fribourg - Pérolles II
Boulevard de Pérolles 90
1700 Fribourg

›› Location of Auditorium Joseph Deiss - PDF, 2 pages, 1.79 MB


Apart from being a large and modern cinema center, Cap’Ciné Fribourg is well fitted for meetings, conferences and various events. We chose the particular setting of that movie theater to give an unusual atmosphere to Sunday’s welcome events. The opening lectures will take place in projection room 9.

Cap’Ciné is located in the heart of Fribourg, at 2 min walking distance from NH Fribourg Hotel and the railway station.

Cap’Ciné room 9 Cap’Ciné room 9 Cap’Ciné Fribourg
Avenue de la Gare 22
1700 Fribourg

Participants will be accommodated in 4 hotels in Fribourg. They will be informed about their hotel’s name at mid-August.

Fribourg old town Fribourg old town and lower town Fribourg old town and lower town Fribourg city hall and remparts Fribourg Old Town St-Nicolas cathedral Fribourg lower town Bern bridge Fountain of St-Anne Jo Siffert fountain by Jean Tinguely University of Fribourg University of Fribourg Neighbourhood of Fribourg Lake of La Gruyère Moleson region Gruyères Gruyères castle Maison Cailler Lac Noir Poya by Félix Castella