It is with great excitement that we are announcing the programme for the upcoming 55th Congress and Cultural Weekend of the Federation of Swiss Societies in the UK (FOSSUK) which will take place in London from the 5th to the 7th of June 2020.

The FOSSUK AGM will be held at the Swiss Embassy London on Saturday, 6th June 2020. The meeting itself will commence at 2pm, with registration opening at 1.30pm.

We are honoured to announce the presence of His Excellency Ambassador Fasel alongside representatives from the Swiss Embassy and from the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA), and delighted to welcome the President of the Organisation of Swiss Abroad (OSA) – Remo Gysin – and the UK Delegates to the Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA).

After the AGM, the cultural programme will commence. An introduction to ‘The Life & Works of Maurice André Kaspar 1892–1946 – A Swiss Watercolour Artist and Architect Revealed’ will be presented by his grandson René Dee, followed by a drinks reception kindly offered by HE Ambassador Fasel at the Embassy.

On the evening of Friday 5th June participants are invited to gather in the iconic flagship Victorinox store on New Bond Street.

Franz Muheim – Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Edinburgh – will present an overview of his research with a focus on the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. He will highlight the importance of international collaboration, in particular that led by UK and Swiss physicysts, to enable experimentation of high-energey physics research.

Throughout the evening participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine and Swiss specialties. The evening is being hosted by the Swiss club, the ‘New Helvetic Society.

The cultural programme resumes on the morning of Sunday 7th June where participants will be guided through a special tour of Greenwich, a popular London Borough on the banks of the River Thames.

Known for its maritime history, it's home to the Cutty Sark, a restored 19th-century tea clipper, the impressive National Maritime Museum, and the classical buildings of the Old Royal Naval College. The modern O2 arena sits on a peninsula to the north. Overlooking peaceful Greenwich Park, the Royal Observatory is the site of the Greenwich meridian line.

The 2019 AGM & Cultural Weekend took place London from the 17th to the 19th of May.

The meeting itself was hosted, kindly, in the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK, in London, which included speakers from Switzerland and a talk by Ambassador Fasel looking at elements that impact Swiss citizens living and working in the UK. 

With thanks to the Editor of the Swiss Review UK Pages, Gioia Palmieri, do have a look at the short summary of our very well attended and enjoyable 2019 Congress:

Summary of our 2019 Congress and Cultural Weekend