EPFL Valais Wallis
Pole of Excellence at the foot of the peaks
Dedicated mainly to scientific research and innovation in the fields of energy, green chemistry, health and the environment, the EPFL Valais Wallis campus brings together 226 researchers, administrative and technical staff from four faculties. The next phase of the project dedicated to research on the Alpine and polar environments (Alpole) will bring together 200 additional researchers including the Swiss Polar Research Institute at the end of 2021. By this date, more than 400 people will be active on the Sion site.
Drifting through the ice on board a polar climate research vessel
The German research icebreaker Polarstern has been drifting through the frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean since September last year. Julia Schmale, an atmospheric scientist from EPFL Valais Wallis, joined the crew two months ago to study cloud formations and their role in local and global climate change.