Solidarity initiatives

The university community is concerned about the situation in Ukraine. Many solidarity initiatives have been launched.

UNIL supports these initiatives. Below, the various actions underway.


12.04.22: collection of basic necessities

We receive alarming news from the free stores for refugees in Lausanne: they are empty, especially regarding food.
A collection of basic necessities for refugees from Ukraine in Switzerland will take place on:

  • Tuesday, April 12 from 10am to 4pm
    at the main entrance of the Geopolis building.

This collection is organized by the UNIL members of the Ukraine Committee. The goods that can be donated are the following:

  • Baby up to 6 months: powdered milk, baby food, etc.
  • Canned food: rice, pasta, legumes, barley, buckwheat, dried beans and other non-perishable goods, etc.


  • Baby: diapers, baby care creams, etc.
  • Adults: hard soap, sanitary napkins, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.


  • Brown boxes for transport

More info on


Collect of basic products to support Ukrainian refugees and Ukrainian civilians

Collection hubs were created on campus where students and staff can drop off their donations. The current hubs are:

The items you can bring are:

  • Carton boxes
  • Bandages
  • Analgesics / painkillers
  • Medication: full list in pdf
  • Tourniquets
  • All kinds of hygiene/sanitary products: full list in pdf
  • Non-perishable food

The initiative is currently looking for volunteers to manage the rooms and help with logistics. If you are interested, please contact Edoardo Chiarotti or Tatiana Fauconnet.

More information


Help and support

Some members of the UNIL and EPFL have expressed a desire to get involved to help and act concretely in the tragic context of the war in Ukraine. They have created on their own initiative a web page where you will find information on a discussion and sharing group, yoga courses, conferences on Ukraine, cultural activities and French courses.

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Resources and useful links

Chaplaincy of UNIL

Swiss Secretariat for migration - SEM

Q&A on the war in Ukraine - SEM

Information file "Protection Status S" - SEM (in French)

Personal and financial assistance for UNIL students

Hosting refugees from Ukraine - Canton of Vaud (in French)

Population Office - SPOP - Canton of Vaud

Accomodating a refugee from Ukraine - EVAM (in French)

Swiss Refugee Council - OSAR

Measures for researchers from Ukraine - Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS)

Science for Ukraine

Scholars at risk Switzerland

Help & support UNIL-EPFL: different types of help offered to Ukrainian students and colleagues, Ukrainian refugees in Lausanne and all those who feel emotionally affected by the conflict.

Information and advocacy resources to help students in Ukraine - european students’union - ESU