1970 — International Management Dialogue
In 1968 worldwide protest arise against capitalism, the economic and political elite, racism and the Vietnam war. Moved by these protests five students initiate the first symposium.
1972 — Limits to Growth
The widely recognised Club of Rome study, which analysed the effect of exponential growth on a finite planet, is presented by dr Aurelio Peccei at the third symposium in 1972.
1979 — Max Schmidheiny Freedom Prize
Presenting the internationally acclaimed Freedom Prize in 1979 for the first time at the Symposium in St. Gallen highlights the close ties between Max Schimdheiny and the ISC.
1989 — Wings of Excellence Award
In 1989 the Essay Competition for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award is founded by the ISC. Today it counts as one of the largest and most renowned student essay competitions worldwide.
2000 — ISC—Symposium
For its 30th anniversary the International Students’ Committee gets more prominent in the public appearence of the symposium as it is now called “ISC—Symposium”
2002 — International Federalism Conference
In 2002 the ISC is comissioned by the Swiss Federal Council to organise the International Conference on Federalism. The conference is attended by 8 heads of state, 16 ministers and 3 federal councillors.
2006 — Kofi Annan
In 2003 Kofi Annan as Secretary-General of the United Nations received the Max Schmidheiny Foundation Freedom Prize. In 2006 he is able to receive this renowned award in person at the University of St.Gallen.
2008 — Tent City
From 2008 to 2010 the University of St.Gallen — annual venue of the symposium — is under construction. Therefore, the symposium moves to a tent city behind the university library.
2010 — European Council Conference
In 2010 the ISC organises an international conference on democracy and decentralisation under the patronage of the Swiss Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
2012 — Singapore Office
In 2012 the St. Gallen Symposium opens its first office outside of Switzerland. The office in Singapore acts as a home base for all ISC Team members responsible for Asian markets.
2019 — Rebranding
At the closing ceremony of the 49th St. Gallen Symposium the ISC Team presented the new brand appearence. The St. Gallen Symposium kicks off the next fifty years with a brand new corporate identity.
2021 — Hybrid Symposium
Due to the corona pandemic, the Symposium reinvented itself.