The Lab

In the YES labs, 25-35 students and young professionals develop answers to sustainability challenges on-site and at home. The intensive impact labs build entrepreneurial mind-sets and skill-sets for a sustainable future. The unique YES learning approach is practical, empowering, interdisciplinary and intercultural – a truly creative exercise in applied diversity. Since 2000, 47 YES labs have been realized in 14 countries.

  • "To me, YES is really great, because not only did I get connected to people but I also learnt skills as well as strategies to tackle challenges that I really am passionate about."

    Meet likeminded people


    Adanna Amaechi, YES Switzerland 2016


    studied Public Health


    from USA/Nigeria

  • "I have a tourism project, fellow YES participant Josh launches a bee-keeping start-up in Kenya. By working together, we could both refine our business models."

    Develop your business ideas


    Ximena Apéstegui, YES Iran 2016


    studies development management in London


    from Costa Rica

  • "We are grateful YES participants took the time to visit HTW Chur and suggest some concrete steps to be taken by our university to achieve our sustainability objectives."

    Launch campus projects


    Lutz E. Schlange. HTW Chur


    Head Commission for Sustainability and Responsible Management Education


    YES Switzerland 2016 workshop: Making HTW Chur more sustainable

  • "The participants impressed me! These are the talents a global company like Sika has to look for to succeed in a frontier market like Iran."

    Connect to companies


    Dr. André Körtel, managing Director, Sika Parsian


    Was at YES for two days


    Discussed Sika sustainability strategy

  • "I was deeply impressed by the atmosphere and the participants. decided to stay longer to work with them more in-depth - and gained insights about their methodical needs that changed the direction of my research back at the University."

    Experience unique learning and teaching


    Andreas Hieronymi, University St. Gallen


    Director International Study Programme


    led modules on systems thinking at several YES labs

  • "As a consultant for International Finance Cooperation, t is a highlight of my year to challenge and inspire the next generation of global change-makers. I learn as much from YES participants as they learn from me."

    YES Alumni as YES experts


    Dr. Nadja Kunz, Water specialist


    YES Alumna Slovakia 2006


    Led modules on mining, water and resources at YES Switzerland 2015/16

Target group

YES participants are enrolled students or young professionals with early-career experience in industries, businesses, professional associations, think-tanks, public administrations, academic institutions, international organizations, and NGO. They are between 21 and 34 years old, are proficient in English and show a high dedication for sustainability.

Why apply?





Learn more about the learning model

Lab impressions: For example YES Switzerland

Under the topic "Making sustainability work – Beyond the Paris Climate Conference: Building mind-sets and skill-sets for a sustainable future", we analyzed local and global challenges and developed own answers. The YES lab took place from 7th to 20th February 2016 in Seewis (Graubünden), a small village in Switzerland.