Forum Islam and Middle East (FINO)

Forums & Transfer of Competence


The Forum serves the scientific and transdisciplinary exchange of information, ideas and knowledge/insight on all questions and problems related to Islam in general and the Middle East in particular. FINO has four instruments for this purpose:

The FINO Plenary Session is a platform for preparatory scientific discussions on transdisciplinary issues, e. g. on the question of the recognition of Islam as a religious community under public law in the Swiss cantons, on current socio-political and religious issues related to Islam, on political, social and cultural processes in the Middle East and on the identification of innovative research trends in the sciences related to Islam and the Middle East.

The aim of the FINO Workshop is to bring science and actors from civil society, media and politics into contact with each other in order to convey informational expectations of the wider public to the science and to make scientific knowledge and findings directly available to interest groups, interested parties, beneficiaries or stakeholders.

The monthly FINO Talk is an open, informal space for discussing current FINO-relevant topics and events that attract or should attract public attention. Its informal "laboratory atmosphere" allows participants to go beyond scientific debate and practice transferring scientific findings to the public using concrete examples and to test new innovative approaches. Experts from the wider FINO network are also brought in for this purpose.

Guest lectures are to offer both the academic and non-academic public the opportunity to obtain targeted information on current transdisciplinary issues and scientific findings on Islam and the Middle East. In addition to scientists, representatives from politics, media, business and civil society will be invited as speakers. Further information and news.

As part of the competence transfer FINO organizes regular coaching of university graduates. The aim is to enable the participants to successfully embed their academic know how in professional fields and to help them establish start-ups or spin-offs in the humanities and social sciences.