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Federal Institute of Technology - Lausanne

EPFL

Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
CH-1015 Lausanne (Vaud)

Tel: 
(+41 21) 693 11 11
Fax: 
(+41 21) 693 43 80
Contact: 

EPFL Media & Communications, Tel: (+41 21) 693 22 22, Fax: (+41 21) 693 64 00, Email: mediacom@epfl.ch

Description

At EPFL, 6,500 students, close to 1,400 doctoral candidates, 290 professors, 2,000 scientists and 1,040 technical and administrative staff members work and conduct research in the following fields: civil engineering, environmental sciences and engineering, physics, electricity, chemistry, mathematics, material sciences, architecture, computer science, micro-engineering, life sciences and communication systems.

Organization: 
Academic institutions
Established: 
1853
Staff: 
4070
Chief/Director: 
President: Patrick Aebischer
Activities: 

The environment is an important area of study and research at both the undergraduate and the postgraduate levels. The Natural, Architectural and Built Environment Faculty’s Environmental Sciences and Engineering Section (contact: secretariat.ssie@epfl.ch) is EPFL’s main centre for tuition and research in the field, but many of EPFL’s other faculties and institutes also work on environmental issues:

  • The Environmental Sciences and Technologies Institute’s (ISTE) areas of research include environmental biotechnology; atmospheric pollution; environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology; ecosystem management; hydrology and land use; and photogrammetry. Contact: Marc Parlange (marc.parlange@epfl.ch);
  • Sustainable Development EPFL focuses on land management and mobility; energy, water and infrastructure; material cycle, product design and construction; environmental sciences and technologies; and decision-support methods. Contact: A. Buttler (alexandre.buttler@epfl.ch) or C. Friedli (claude.friedli@epfl.ch);
  • The Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory (LESO-PB) studies natural light and visual ergonomy; health and indoor environment quality; architecture and sustainable development; the architectural integration of photovoltaic batteries, etc. Contact: Jean-Louis Scartezzini (leso@epfl.ch).
Cooperation: 

with organizations worldwide through some 170 European research and development projects and 40 international student-exchange programmes.

Publications: 

See the website.

Keywords: 
health
transport
ozone
technology
biotechnology
biosafety
land & landuse
agenda 21
GIS & remote sensing
information systems
energy
chemicals
education