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Founded in 1993, VIAS is an independent and politically neutral association of Iranian academics and students (Verein Iranischer Akademiker/Innen und Studierender (VIAS), in German). Membership is open to everyone with a university degree or to students currently enrolled at a university.

VIAS strives to bring together and foster the Iranian diaspora and to advance and disseminate Iranian culture in Switzerland. The rich Iranian cultural heritage that was brought to Switzerland over the years by numerous immigrants contrasts with, complements and extends today’s society in Switzerland.

VIAS regularly organizes various events such as lectures, concerts, exhibitions, film screenings, courses and hosts annual Iranian cultural events, see the online event schedule. Some highlights include concerts of famous Persian artists, lectures of renowned experts living in Iran or Europe, and popular traditional Iranian cultural events such as Chahar-Schanbe-Suri and Yalda, where VIAS members and guests often engage in lively discussions and indulge in Iranian dishes.