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Announcing the 2023 U7+ Student Forum

What commitments can students make to support universities as engines of innovation in peace and security?

What is the U7+ Student Forum?

In previous years, the U7+ Student Forum has successfully challenged students from diverse academic backgrounds to come together, consider, and discuss issues related to intergenerational justice and climate change. Feedback from participants has been positive, and the 2023 Forum has been planned by École Polytechnique in collaboration with the U7+ Student and Alumni Network. The theme for this year is Peace and Security – What commitments can students make to support universities as engines of innovation in peace and security? The forum will be held virtually, over Zoom.

Students who participate in this forum will be immersed in a four-week virtual learning experience where they are grouped with delegates from other U7+ universities around the world. The forum will have elements of both listening and active participation, with exciting panels, workshops, and discussion groups throughout the month. There will be six events held between June 16 and July 7. 

Who should participate?

We welcome each U7+ university to send up to five delegates. Students must be currently enrolled in the university to participate, at either the Bachelor’s, Master's, or PhD level of study. We encourage universities to send students from all academic backgrounds. Although not mandatory, we request that you seek to send students from more than one specialization and avoid selecting all five delegates from the same program of study. 

It is not necessary for students to be experts in the topic of peace and security. Student delegates should be interested in the topic, willing to listen and learn, and willing to participate in group discussions based on presentations or discussion prompts. A basic working proficiency in English is required as all events and group work will occur in English. 

In the past, some universities have chosen to approach students individually based on their research related to the forum topic. Other universities have chosen to distribute information about the Forum to a larger group of students and accept applications before selecting the delegates. It is the choice of each university to decide how to select their delegates. If it is helpful, you can share this poster with your students. 

How can U7+ member institutions nominate student delegates?

Provide the information below (full name, email address, program of study etc.) for each nominated student by email to by Friday, June 9, 2023. You will receive confirmation of their acceptance and the students will be sent information about the timing of the Forum events shortly after this deadline.

  • First name(s)
  • Last name(s)
  • Home university
  • Degree program
  • Why do you want to participate in the U7+ Online Student Forum? (Brief response)

Still have questions?

Please see the 2023 U7+ Student Forum Overview or reach out to the U7+ Student and Alumni Network team ( and École Polytechnique ( for any inquiries about the student forum. We will be happy to work with you and look forward to receiving your delegates this summer!