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Insurance-Linked Securities

Swiss Summer School

Comprehensive knowledge & unique networking opportunities

Capital Markets

Suitable for asset managers investing in, or looking to invest in ILS.


Suitable for conventional and alternative (re)insurance practitioners.

Public Officials

Suitable for public officials looking to transfer sovereign risk more efficiently.

Make more informed decisions with the advanced knowledge of Insurance-Linked Securities

Get your
Diploma in ILS

Whether you are new to the industry or you are an experienced practitioner, this unique summer school programme will teach you the advanced knowledge of Insurance-Linked Securities. It covers the topic from three different perspectives of ILS: as an asset class, as a risk transfer instrument and as an immediate post-disaster risk finance solution. 

Our Vision
Our Mission
Critical issue

Education gap in Insurance-Linked Securities

Our summer school initiative is designed to inspire a generation of change-makers, equipping them with the insights and tools necessary to tackle the protection gap head-on. Through this program, students will gain a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the (re)insurance market, driven by the firsthand experiences and wisdom of industry leaders.

This unique opportunity allows participants to learn from and engage with ILS industry officials and UN representatives, who collectively deploy more than $10 bn of capital into ILS, sharing their insights on bridging the gap between economic and insured losses worldwide.

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Alternative capital in reinsurance representing 16.54% of the global reinsurance capital available in 2023. (Fitch)

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Catastrophe Bond UCITS Fund Assets Under Management (AUM) in 2023 (Artemis)

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The total-return of the outstanding catastrophe bond market in 2023 according to Swiss Re Cat Bond Performance Index. (Swiss Re)

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The Protection Gap: difference between economic and insured losses with a disproportionate share of uncovered losses coming from developing countries. (AON)


Insurance-Linked Securities

Our school allows you to obtain a deep understanding of ILS while enjoying

an unparalleled in-person networking opportunities in Switzerland.


5 days

cHF 6,000*

* Payment Plans Available

We are excited to announce the launch of the first-ever Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) Summer School, brought to you by the team behind the Fundamentals of ILS, set to take place in 2024 in Lausanne, Switzerland. This unparalleled course will feature a combination of in-person workshops, seminars, and introductory meetings with representatives from some of the world’s leading ILS funds and the United Nations (UN).

Throughout the week, participants will have exclusive access to key investment allocators in the ILS market, managing approximately $10 bn in catastrophe bonds and other insurance-linked instruments. These industry experts will share their perspectives on the asset class, provide market outlooks, and offer guidance on forging a career in ILS.

This is the inaugural course of its kind, designed specifically for those looking to expand their knowledge of ILS, connect with influential figures in the industry, and gain a deeper understanding of the asset class.

FOR the


  • First ever Diploma program for Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) 
  • Starts 22nd July 2024
  • Duration: 5  days in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Two field visits meeting ILS Fund managers in Zurich and UN officials in Geneva

Tuition: 10:00-17:00 with two coffee pauses and sandwich lunch.

Day 1: ILS for investors;
Day 2: ILS for (re-)insurers;
Day 3: ILS for sovereign disaster risk finance;
Day 4: Field visit to Zurich meeting key Swiss ILS Fund managers to extrapolate on Day 1 topics; 
Day 5: Field visit to Geneva meeting UN officials to extrapolate on topics from Day 3.

Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll receive a formal Diploma in Insurance-Linked Securities signed by all faculty members who delivered you the programme and a Dip ILS designation to underline your commitments.

Diploma is issued by Collège Romand – Centre de formation d’adulte, a Swiss educational institution for continuous education. SQS/Eduqua quality certificate available HERE.

During the course you will be staying at the Swiss Tech Hotel located in a stone’s throw from the SwissTech Convention Center and in the heart of EPFL in Lausanne, one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan science and technology institutions.

SwissTech Hotel offers 65 rooms with private bathroom, all equipped with a television, a safe and offering free wifi access.

Click HERE to check the location on Google Maps.

Your stay is included in the Programme itinerary and also we are happy to provide you with the free Swiss visa support, if necessary. 


You will be able to enjoy an inspiring work space, quiet and well connected to the city of Lausanne. 

Completed by a friendly space with a waiting area and training rooms, the Collège Romand center represents the ideal setting to meet all the needs for a quality study.

The center is located in an ideal environment to encourage the meeting of different professionals and the exchange of practices and disciplines.

Just a few minutes from the city of Lausanne, the place, also, allows you to enjoy a break in nature, next to the Venoge river or a meal at the Préverenges beach during the summer.

Click HERE to learn more.

By train:

  • From Geneva Airport (GVA): under 1 hour
  • From Zurich Airport (ZRH): 2 hours 40 minutes
  • From Basel Airport (BSL): under 3 hours

By car:

  • From Geneva: roughly 1 hour
  • From Zurich: roughly 2 hours 40 minutes
  • From Basel: roughly 2 hours 15 minutes


EPFL’s main campus is located in the commune of Ecublens in the heart of the Lausanne-Morges agglomeration, at the crossroads of several major road and rail routes. Access to the campus is guaranteed by a dense network of active mobility facilities, an efficient public transport network and excellent road connections.

Click HERE for detailed instructions on how to get there.

Look forward
to see you

the Fundamentals of Insurance-Linked Securities Summer School

diploma in ILS & international designation
starts 22nd july 2024
Time left to join:

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