About the University of Geneva
Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin and Theodore de Beze, the University of Geneva is the second largest Haute école in Switzerland and is amongst the top 100 best universities in the world. The institution enjoys worldwide recognition and is highly opened to the world. Every year, the University welcomes around 16, 000 students in its eight faculties teaching science, medecine, humanities, social and economic sciences, law, theology, psychology and educational sciences, translation and interpreting. The University of Geneva has three missions: education, research and knowledge-sharing. The University has been a member of the League of European Research-intensive Universities since 2002. http://www.unige.ch.
The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, built in Kiel, Germany in 2010, is a catamaran powered exclusively by solar energy. PlanetSolar completed the first solar-powered trip around the world on May 4, 2012 after travelling over 60,000 km in 584 days. The 2013 PlanetSolar features an entirely new crew from its 2012 expedition: Gérard d'Aboville (Captain), Stéphane Marseille (Second), Antoine Simon (electrical engineer), and Hugo Buratti (seaman and steward). During the “PlanetSolar DeepWater” expedition, the UNIGE scientific team will round out the crew. PlanetSolar SA is supported by the University of Geneva, Ciel électricité, Switcher, the Swiss AOC-IGP Association, Younicos, Plantbacter, Actides, GoPro, Jean-René Germanier SA, BCCC Avocats, Tempur, Hempel, Présence Suisse, Energissima, l'UIM, YELLO, and Waste Free Oceans. http://www.planetsolar.org.
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