Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, EPFL

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, EPFL

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, EPFL   link
Location: Lausanne - Lake Geneva region
Station 1, 1015 Lausanne


EPFL is one of the two federal technical schools (university) in Switzerland. Like the ETH in Zurich, it has three missions: education of students, scientific research and technology transfer. EPFL is located near Lausanne on the shores of the Lake Geneva. It has a campus of more than 10,000 people. The school stimulates collaboration between students, professors, researchers and entrepreneurs. These daily interactions give rise to new and work in science, technology and architecture.


Fruit fly brain shows how simple commands turn into complex behaviors

Life Sciences - Jun 12
Life Sciences

Researchers at EPFL have discovered how networks of neurons in fruit flies transform simple brain signals into coordinated actions. This sheds light on the neural mechanisms underlying complex behaviors for potential application in robotics.

A study of art and architecture revisits Swiss colonial history

History & Archeology

In her PhD thesis, carried out jointly at EPFL's Arts of Science Laboratory and the HEAD-Genève school of art in Geneva, Denise Bertschi examines Switzerland's role in establishing a slavery-based colony in Brazil. Bertschi, who is also an artist, will display her work at both the Swiss National Museum and the Neuchâtel Art Center in September.

Innovation - Jun 7

EPFL to create six new research chairs in Valais by 2032


EPFL and the Valais Cantonal Government signed a third amendment to their agreement today in Sion, officially launching the third phase of EPFL's expansion into the region.

Health - Jun 3

Antibody-peptide inhibitor conjugates: a new path for cancer therapy


Cancer treatments often struggle with balancing efficacy and side effects. A new study by scientists offers a promising solution using antibody-peptide inhibitor conjugates to target specific cell types and block the activity of cancer-promoting enzymes called cathepsins.

Life Sciences - May 29

A key protein preserves motor ability during aging

A new study by scientists shows that age-related decline in motor ability can be countered in fruit flies by enhancing the expression of the protein Trio, suggesting potential treatments for age-related movement decline.

Environment - May 24

The bright future of solar energy


Solar energy, which is both abundant and free, is poised to become the world's leading power source by 2050. That's thanks largely to technological advances and the unbridled manufacturing of solar cells, which bodes well for a successful energy transition.

Chemistry - May 21

An AI leap into chemical synthesis


Scientists introduce ChemCrow, a large language model-based AI system that revolutionizes chemistry by integrating 18 advanced tools for tasks like organic synthesis and drug discovery. ChemCrow streamlines complex processes in chemical research, making it more efficient for experts and novices alike.

Media - May 17

Orphan articles: the ’dark matter’ of Wikipedia


Wikipedia is the largest platform for open and freely accessible knowledge online yet, in a new study, researchers have found that around 15% of the content is effectively invisible to readers browsing within Wikipedia. They have developed a new tool to help overcome this.

Environment - Jun 10

Hydrogen, the net-zero hero?


Green hydrogen could transform our energy system and solve many supply and emissions challenges. Whether this happens will depend on how economically it can be produced and attractive it will be to consumers.

Environment - Jun 5

How EPFL will make the most of its carbon emissions


By supporting a large-scale research project for carbon capture, utilization and storage, EPFL will shrink its carbon footprint while giving a boost to emerging technology.

Environment - May 31

Scientists map biodiversity changes in the world's forests


A group of EPFL and scientists have mapped the biodiversity in forests worldwide. Their data, when combined with climate projections, reveal trends that could support ecosystem conservation and restoration efforts.

Life Sciences - May 27

How and why different cell division strategies evolve

Life Sciences

Scientists, in collaboration with researchers at EMBL Heidelberg, have discovered that a group of marine protists (eukaryotic organisms) closely related to animals use open or closed mitosis based on their life cycle stages, suggesting that the way animal cells perform cell division evolved long before animals themselves.

Physics - May 22

Gamma-ray method monitors nuclear reactors safely and quickly


Scientists at EPFL have devised and tested out a new, gamma-noise method for monitoring nuclear reactors non-invasively and from a distance. The new method, tested out on EPFL's CROCUS nuclear reactor, can improve nuclear safety and treaty compliance.

Chemistry - May 20

Machine learning accelerates discovery of solar-cell perovskites


An EPFL research project has developed a method based on machine-learning to quickly and accurately search large databases, leading to the discovery of 14 new materials for solar cells.

Innovation - May 16

Tailoring digital responses for humanitarian action


EPFL is playing a leading role in partnering with humanitarian organizations to develop technological solutions to improve their operations while mitigating risks.