Vice Presidency for Operations (VPO)
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.
Cutting food waste every step of the way
Every year over a billion tons of food worldwide are thrown away or perish, at a hefty environmental and climate cost. September 29 is International Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day, a reminder of the importance of taking action at every stage of the supply chain. EPFL is taking pioneering measures in this area.
Teaching placed front and center on EPFL's Lausanne campus
The Lausanne campus will soon get 1,500 more lecture hall seats thanks to the construction of a new building and the makeover of the Coupole. The winning design came from Dominique Perrault, whose firm was selected through a parallel bidding process among architects worldwide
Purchasing: a business
Computers, printers, electronic microscopes, ventilation shafts, chemicals, desks, pens, toilet paper… Have you ever wondered who is responsible for purchasing the ten of thousands or so of items of equipment, tools and supplies that keep the various campuses running smoothly?
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
The Purchasing Department advises and supports EPFL units in their purchases of goods and services, with the objective of generating additional value for teaching and research.
The Development & Construction Department (VPO-DC) is managing relationships with local authorities, cantonal authorities, the federal government and other local partners in projects to develop EPFL campuses.
In partnership with all EPFL stakeholders, Human Resources attract, develop and nurture all employees so that our unique and vibrant teams and individuals are aligned with the School’s missions.
The Security and Operations Department teams (VPO-SE) are in charge of security, prevention and health issues on campus. They also oversee the maintenance and development of the buildings and technical facilities, as well as the activities inherent in the audiovisual, printing centre and catering services.
The Information Systems Department is responsible for implementing EPFL’s digital strategy.