Traverse is an SDC platform for public debate on current and controversial topics related to international cooperation.

High-profile guests from the fields of science, politics, economy, society and culture are invited to discuss current issues from a wide range of viewpoints. Traverse also provides an opportunity to air differences of opinion and get involved in critical debates with the public. Participants include staff of the SDC and other federal offices, as well as representatives from the scientific, cultural, political and economic communities, NGOs and interested members of the public. The language of each event varies according to the speakers.