Instructions on Using the Space


Housekeeping Rules

1. Stick to the schedule

The space is reserved for you at an agreed hour. Should you need to start 10 minutes later than originally planned, please make sure you finish on time to avoid collisions with another event.

2. Bring your own supplies
Unless agreed differently with the SDG Solution Space team, you should bring supplies and material necessary for your event. You can be provided with some prototyping material from the FabLab but make sure you have sufficient in order for your event to run smoothly. Ask us about what you we could offer you!

3. Take care of the space’s equipment
The equipment in the SDG Solution Space is permanently on-site and is at the disposal of your event’s participants. To avoid any damage, make sure you move the equipment with care when adapting the space to your event’s needs. Any equipment loss or damage will be treated according to the liability insurance provided.

4. Keep your temporary access badges safe
Wear visibly your temporary access badges provided to you throughout the whole duration of your event and keep them safe until the end of the event. As the badges need to be returned to the Campus Biotech reception, If a team member of the SDG Solution Space is present at the end of your event, return the badges back to him/her, if not, please leave them inside the wooden cupboard at the space’s entrance. The organiser or participant bears the cost of the lost badge, which is 20 CHF.

5. Keep the space and kitchen clean
When your event has come to an end, make sure you leave the space in the same conditions that you found it. You can leave the tables, chairs, flipcharts, whiteboards and mobile screens as they are, however, put all your trash in the respective bins in the kitchen, and your tableware in the dishwasher and make sure the kitchen is clean.

6. Before leaving the space – checklist
1. Put all waste in trash and in the respective recycling bins that you find in the kitchen – for glass and glass bottles, there are special bins in the kitchen of the 1st floor of the Campus Biotech Innovation Park building.
2. Put any dirty tableware you used in the dishwasher.
3. When the dishwasher is full; put the cleaning capsule that you can find in the cupboards underneath the sink in the dishwasher & put the dishwasher in Eco-mode to start it off.
4. Please handwash and leave to dry any dirty tableware not fitting in the dishwasher.
5. Give all access badges back to a team member. If nobody is present, put them inside the wooden cupboard at the entrance of the space.
6. Close all the windows of the space.
7. Turn off the lights (next to the door).
8. Close the door behind you.

7. Share our Housekeeping Rules for your event
Sharing is caring. Kindly communicate our housekeeping rules to your event’s participants.

Thank you,
The SDG Solution Space team

Access Rules and Safety Procedures
Student Code of Conduct

The SDG Solution Space is dedicated to open creation and collaboration between students, academics, professionals and innovators across disciplines. This Student Code of Conduct applies to students of the Master’s in Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability (MIHDS), as well as other students who may use the space.Values

Student users of the space are committed to the values of responsibility and respect as laid out in the Charter of the University of Geneva, as well as in the general Code of Conduct for the SDG Solution Space and where relevant the specific Code of Conduct for use of the SDG Fab Lab.

In addition to these values, common sense should be applied to guide all actions in the SDG Solution Space, when applying the utilization rules summarized below.

Utilization of the common spaces of the building

  • Be mindful of the limited space of communal areas in the building, like the kitchen on the first floor and the terrace, including leaving enough space for other residents.
  • Be respectful of the working environment of the building including minimizing the amount of disturbance caused when transitioning between different areas.

Utilization of the SDG Solution Space

  • Be respectful of the shared nature of the space, including putting furniture back to its original position, and keeping the space clean.
  • Be responsible in using the kitchen including putting the dishes away after use, and starting and unloading the dishwasher accordingly.
  • When leaving the space last, make sure that all windows, lights, and doors are closed.

Utilization for independent study activities

  • For independent study activities in the SDG Solution Space outside of daily opening hours (Monday-Friday 8:00-18:00), one person should always be identified as Responsible Student for the space. This person should announce themselves to the SDG Solution Space Operations Team (, be familiar with the access rules and safety procedures for the building and the housekeeping rules for the SDG Solution Space.
  • The Responsible Student ensures that all other persons present have legitimate study-related reasons for being in the space, and respect the utilization guidelines above for both the space and the building.

Utilization for events and gatherings 

COVID-19 rules and restrictions

Code of Conduct for the SDG Solution Space

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participants within the SDG Solution Space community, as well as steps to reporting unacceptable behavior. We are committed to providing a welcoming and inspiring community for all and expect our code of conduct to be honored. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be banned from the community.

The community strives to:

  • Be friendly and patient.
  • Be welcoming: We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.
  • Be considerate: Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect users and colleagues, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions. Remember that we’re a world-wide community, so you might not be communicating in someone else’s primary language.
  • Be respectful: Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one.
  • Be careful in the words that we choose: we are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren’t acceptable.
  • Try to understand why we disagree: Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of our community comes from its diversity, people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.


Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, age, regional discrimination, political or religious affiliation
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment
  • Deliberate misgendering. This includes deadnaming or persistently using a pronoun that does not correctly reflect a person’s gender identity. You must address people by the name they give you when not addressing them by their username or handle
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop
  • Threats of violence, both physical and psychological
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking or following
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes
  • Sustained disruption of discussion
  • Unwelcome sexual attention, including gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect others from intentional abuse
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication

Our open source community prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. We will not act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you”
  • Refusal to explain or debate social justice concepts
  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions

Diversity Statement

We encourage everyone to participate and are committed to building a community for all. Although we will fail at times, we seek to treat everyone both as fairly and equally as possible. Whenever a participant has made a mistake, we expect them to take responsibility for it. If someone has been harmed or offended, it is our responsibility to listen carefully and respectfully, and do our best to right the wrong.

Although this list cannot be exhaustive, we explicitly honor diversity in age, gender, gender identity or expression, culture, ethnicity, language, national origin, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and technical ability. We will not tolerate discrimination based on any of the protected characteristics above, including participants with disabilities.

Reporting Issues

If you experience or witness unacceptable behavior—or have any other concerns—please report it by contacting us via

Code of Conduct for use of the SDG Fab Lab


This settlement defines the conditions of use of the FabLab. The terms used to designate persons in this document apply equally to women or men.

Mission: ​The SDG Solution Space FabLab is a fabrication laboratory equipped with computer-controlled machines where students and members from the Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative, UNIGE or other institutions and humanitarian organizations, professionals (designers, artists, architects, etc.), companies, or other people willing to pursue a personal project, imagine, share and make unique objects, prototypes, or small series. All creations must be ​linked to the SDG​ ​and​ must be documented​.

Resources: ​FabLab users must use the consumables made available in a manner consistent with their destination.

They must also behave in such a way as to guarantee access to available resources for other users and to provide all necessary assistance and support to these latter.

FabLab Manager: The FabLab should not be used without the presence of at least one FabLab Manager or an advanced user. The user agrees to respect and apply the instructions provided by the facilitator.

Machines: No machine must be used until its user has received a preliminary instruction provided by an authorized person. This instruction must be attested and registered with the FabLab.

Each machine must be used on the basis of the instruction sheet provided for a normal use.

The user should never move away from a machine during a process.
In the event of a problem during operation, immediately stop the machine and call a facilitator.

Insurance: Before operating a machine, FabLab users must ensure that they hold private & business liability insurance on a personal basis or by their employer. They must also verify that they are insured for accidents professional or non-professional.

Responsibility of the FabLab: The FabLab puts the resources at your disposal. Their use and exploitation is under the sole responsibility of the users.
The FabLab can not be held responsible, as its members, in any case, in the event of damage, accident, loss of related to intellectual property.