Located in Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva, EPFL is one of Europe's most famous science and technology institutions.

EPFL at a glance

EPFL is Europe's most cosmopolitan technical university. It welcomes students, professors and collaborators of more than 120 nationalities. EPFL has both a Swiss and international vocation and focuses on three missions: teaching, research and innovation.

EPFL collaborates with an important network of partners, including other universities and colleges, secondary schools and gymnasiums, industry and the economy, political circles and the general public, with the aim of having a real impact on society.

Key figures


students and employees


Start up created from 2000 to 2017


Scientific publications in 2017


One school, five campuses


EPFL is divided into several national and international teaching, research and innovation centres

Past, present, future


Founded in 1853, the École Spéciale de Lausanne was renamed École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 1969.

La direction de l'EPFL. De gauche à droite Edouard Bugnion, vice-président ad intérim pour les systèmes d’information (VPSI). Andreas Mortensen, vice-président pour la recherche (VPR) Caroline Kuyper, vice-présidente pour les finances (VPFI) Martin Vetterli, président Marc Gruber, vice-président pour l’innovation (VPI) Etienne Marclay, vice-président pour les ressources humaines et opérations (VPRHO) Pierre Vandergheynst, vice-président pour l’éducation (VPE)


EPFL is structured as a Direction, Schools, Colleges, an EPFL Assembly, a Council of EPFL Teachers, Centers and Central Services.

Missions and values

Teaching, research and technology transfer take place within a framework that promotes equal opportunities and sustainability actions.

Human resources and communication

Working at EPFL

EPFL offers a respectful working environment and ensures the integration of each and everyone.

Talents EPFL

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News & Media

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A committed school

Cooperation and development

Innovative technologies to support the social, environmental and economic development of the countries of the South.


By becoming a partner, you support projects that are technologically led by experts. Donations help to push back the frontiers of research.

Bike to work campus durable


EPFL as a living laboratory of social and environmental transition.


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Equal Opportunities Office

Equal opportunities are an integral part of EPFL’s development and excellence policy.

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EPFL’s strength is rooted in its extraordinary diversity. Our institution thrives because we show consideration for one another and do not remain indifferent in the event of harassment or discrimination.


Free Tango Initiation Course

2019-03-07 2019-05-30

Place and room: Polydome
Category: Cultural events

I M P R O G I N E E R I N G - Création collective : arts improvisés et ingénierie

2019-05-15 2019-05-22

With: Présentations publiques des étudiants du cours EPFL-ARSENIC “Création collective : arts improvisés et ingénierie”
Place and room: ARSENIC - LABO, Route de Genève 57, Lausanne
Category: Conferences - Seminars


Latsis Symposium 2019 on Diamond Photonics

2019-05-19 2019-05-22

With: Keynote and Invited Speakers on www.diamondphotonics.org
Place and room: RLC E1 240
Category: Conferences - Seminars

SharePoint 2013

2019-05-21 08:30:00 17:00:00

Place and room: MA B0 424
Category: Conferences - Seminars

How to extend the footprint of a 160-year-old banking company in Switzerland 4.0?

2019-05-21 2019-05-22

Place and room: PO 01
Category: Conferences - Seminars

Complete agenda of events

EPFL Alumni


EPFL Alumni has more than 34'000 Alumni scattered in nearly 80 countries. An online directory and numerous events allow them to keep in touch with other former students, the School and its news.