Collegium Helveticum

Rooms and Equipment Available to Fellows

This page presents all the rooms and technical equipment available to fellows at the Collegium Helveticum. Fellows can book these rooms for the event they organize during their fellowship or for internal and professional meetings.

Meridian Hall

The Meridian Hall is the largest event room at the Collegium Helveticum, located on the ground floor. Depending on the setup of the podium, the room can host up to 50 people (Option 1) or up to 70 people (Option 2). With its wood paneling and vaulted ceilings, the historic Meridian Hall has a unique charm.

The room is equipped with a podium, a ceiling-mounted projector, a retractable screen, and is usually set up in a traditional lecture-style seating layout. Additionally, the space is fitted with “Audio-Web-Conference” technology, allowing for live audio and screen-presentation broadcasts. This makes the Meridian Hall best suited for formats such as lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, or concerts.


  • Option 1: maximum 50 people (full-width podium with 4 speaker chairs)

  • Option 2: maximum 70 people (shortened podium with 3 speaker chairs)


  • Fixed layout: lecture seating for 50 to 70 people

  • Podium with lectern and speaker chairs

  • Projector and screen

  • “Audio-Web-Conference” equipment (live audio and screen-presentation broadcast)


  • Speakers

  • 2 HDMI connections

  • 6 wireless microphones (headsets); 1 hand microphone, 1 CatchBox (a maximum of 6 microphones plus the CatchBox can be used in parallel as there are only 7 seven audio channels).

  • 1 Wireless presenter

Rudolf Wolf Room

Located on the ground floor, the Rudolf Wolf Room is the second-largest event space at the Collegium Helveticum and can host up to 20 people. A large wooden table is placed in the middle of the room, surrounded by 16 antique chairs. The Rudolf Wolf Room provides a fixed projector and screen as well as a movable blackboard and white-board partition walls. On top of this, “Meeting OWL Pro” technology can be requested in advance, which allows for fully hybrid events. The Rudolf Wolf Room is thus ideal for more conversational and interactive formats such as workshops, discussion groups, smaller lectures, or conferences.

The Rudolf Wolf Room together with the Collegium’s grand Entrance Hall (see below) is generally used to host receptions of up to 50 people (if used in combination with the adjacent Entrance Hall).


  • Maximum 20 people


  • Fixed layout: seminar seating with 16 chairs around large wooden table plus 4 separate chairs.

  • Projector and screen

  • Bar counter for catering

  • Movable blackboard and two white-board partition walls

  • “Meeting OWL Pro” equipment (real hybrid participation with live audio and video), to be requested in advance

  • No microphones

  • Wireless presenter

Catering in Entrance Hall/Rudolf Wolf Room

Catering is only possible in the Rudolf Wolf Room (for a maximum of 20 people), which can be combined with the Entrance Hall (for a maximum of 50 people). A bar counter is available in the Rudolf Wolf Room. The display cabinets in the Entrance Hall are assigned to the ETH Library and cannot be used by the Collegium Helveticum or its fellows.


  • Option 1: Maximum 20 people (in the Rudolf Wolf Room)

  • Option 2: Maximum 50 people (in combination with the Entrance Hall)


  • Catering bar counter in the Rudolf Wolf Room


The library adjoins the Collegium’s kitchen and functions as a multipurpose room. In addition to offering a collection of books and an alternative study spot for fellows, the library is used for breaks, spontaneous gatherings, informal conversations, and internal lunches. Fellows may also book this room to host events that ask for a more casual environment.


  • Maximum 20 people


  • Adjoining kitchen

  • “Video-Conference” equipment (large screen on wheels with adapter, fixed setting with 2 couches and 2 armchairs)

Situated in the underground level of the main building, the Gallery is one of the Collegium’s designated art and exhibition spaces. The space is characterized by its former life as a cellar, with low ceilings and exposed stone walls. Ambiance floor lighting accentuates these architectural features. This is combined with a ceiling-mounted exhibition lighting system that allows for individual placement of spotlights. Additionally, picture-hanging rails envelop the entire room. A variety of movable furniture and technical equipment is further available for display and seating purposes. Higher humidity levels and fluctuating temperatures make this room unsuited for the display of more sensitive exhibits.

A vestibule room leads into the main exhibition space. This vestibule, equipped with the same ceiling-mounted lighting system and picture hanging rails, can also be used for display purposes.


  • Maximum 8 to 10 people per room, event duration of maximum 2 hours


  • Picture rails along outer walls

  • Ambiance lighting

  • Exhibition lighting system with spotlights (individually controllable and flexible)


Located in an annex accessible through the courtyard behind the main building, the Laboratory is the Collegium’s second designated art and exhibition space. With its finely plastered, white-washed walls, this space has more of a white-cube character. The entrance door is the only natural light source, which can be blocked out with a blackout curtain. The room is also equipped with four purpose-built fittings for the placement of projectors. This makes the room ideal for video-based artworks. Next to that, picture-hanging rails that run along the outer walls can be used to suspend various art pieces. A variety of movable furniture and technical equipment is further available for seating and display purposes. A ceiling-mounted exhibition lighting system allows for the individual placement of spotlights.


  • Maximum 8 to 10 people, event duration of maximum 2 hours


  • Picture-hanging rails

  • Exhibition lighting system with spotlights (individually controllable and flexible)

  • Blackout curtain for entrance door

  • Ceiling-mounted fittings for the placement of projectors (projectors to be requested in advance)

Small Observatory

The Small Observatory is a separate building across from the main entrance. Equipped with a bar counter and a sofa-corner, this small room is mainly intended as a lounge and break room for fellows and staff of the Collegium. Fellows may also book this room for small group events, especially small receptions.


  • Maximum 12 to 15 people


  • 6 sofa elements, each sitting one person

  • 1 round glass table

  • 3 triangular glass tables

  • 1 bar counter with a coffee station and a refrigerator

Virtual Room

The Virtual Room video-conferencing equipment allows for a professional setting for online meetings, e.g., for job or media interviews. The equipment comprises of two photo-lamps, a headset, and a green-screen. The equipment can be installed in a fellow’s office or any other room.

Additional event equipment

In addition to the fixed equipment and furniture specific to each room, the Collegium owns a selection of movable event equipment and furniture that is available upon request. Please consult the list provided for download below. Additional equipment, especially for exhibition display purposes (e.g., additional projectors), must be requested well in advance and are subject to availability.