Vice Presidency for Operations (VPO)

The Vice Presidency for Operations is responsible for making sure that EPFL’s various campuses run smoothly. This includes overseeing matters related to catering, human resources, information systems, safety and security, the development and construction of campus facilities, and procurement.
Vue sur l'Esplanade de l'EPFL © Alain Herzog / EPFL 2018

View of the EPFL Esplanade © Alain Herzog / EPFL 2018


The Vice Presidency for Operations (VPO) strives to ensure that all EPFL employees are able to develop their potential and that the School is equipped with smart, sustainable campuses where there is a strong culture of knowledge sharing among users.

To reach this goal, the VPO works closely with the researchers, students and staff on the various campuses, as these individuals are its best customers, in order to achieve the highest possible standards of service and, in doing so, support EPFL in its pursuit of excellence.

Organizational structure

The Vice Presidency for Operations consists of five departments along with an Office of the Vice Presidency for Operations, each with the following responsibilities:

Development & Construction Department

Head: Franco Vigliotti

  • Managing relationships with local authorities, cantonal authorities, the federal government and other local partners in projects to develop EPFL campuses
  • Overseeing operations at EPFL’s satellite campuses in Fribourg, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Valais and the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah
  • Planning and overseeing construction and renovation work, and managing premises and leases
  • Organizing catering provision

Safety, Security & Operations Department

Head: Eric Du Pasquier

  • Handling emergencies and overseeing occupational health and safety matters
  • Managing access control and the physical security of people and facilities
  • Maintaining buildings and technical facilities and coordinating building alteration work
  • Providing caretaking, audiovisual and printing services

Human Resources Department

Head: Claudia Noth

  • Managing relations with all the organization’s stakeholders
  • Identifying EPFL’s HR needs and supporting employees’ development and contribution
  • Providing personal support to employees and ensuring equitable treatment

Information Systems Department

Head: Rafael Corvalán

  • Setting up and managing data security systems
  • Implementing digitalization projects
  • Planning, developing and maintaining the School’s IT assets

Procurement Department

Head: Elvis Fontaine

  • Organizing and managing public calls for tenders and negotiating with suppliers
  • Managing EPFL’s cross-departmental procurement processes
  • Setting up framework procurement agreements and purchasing catalogues

Office of the Vice Presidency for Operations

Manager: Antoinette Musard

  • Collecting the necessary information for operations-related decisions and following up on those decisions
  • Maintaining consistency of message
  • Coordinating crosscutting organizational projects
  • Developing and managing performance indicators for the VPO’s services and user satisfaction
Matthias Gäumann © Alain Herzog / EPFL 2020
Matthias Gäumann © Alain Herzog / EPFL 2020

Vice President

Matthias Gäumann


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Station 4
CH-1015 Lausanne