Current initiatives

International

The EPFL Direction would like to express compassion for everyone in our community who is directly or indirectly affected by the current international events.

We hope very much that this distressing situations will evolve soon in a peaceful direction.

For non-EPFL scientists and students who are victims of attacks to scientific and academic communities, we encourage you to contact the Scholars At Risk network and apply for assistance with them.

Scholar At Risk (SAR) is an international network of universities that aims to protect academics who are under threat, prevent attacks on the scientific community and promote academic freedom around the world. It gathers over 500 universities in 40 countries worldwide.

EPFL has been member of SAR since 2014, and is also part of the Swiss section of SAR, which is supported by swissuniversities and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

Please check the Ukraine: help and support webpages

As an institution that advocates the broad dissemination of knowledge and free will, EPFL considers that everyone should be able to study and express opinions freely. As a federal entity, this position is in line with that of the Swiss Confederation, which has already formally addressed the Iranian President Ebrahim Raissi on this subject.

We are also in discussion with our colleagues in the ETH domain and other universities to assess whether ad hoc action is justified and whether additional measures can be put in place.

Support

To better understand what help is needed, we would like to give you the opportunity to inform us about your concerns and the problems that you face currently, which you can do at this address [email protected].

Please feel welcome to share any other requests, questions, or suggestions you may have.

If your situation is urgent, please reach out directly to Kathryn Hess Bellwald, associate VP for student affairs and outreach.

Counseling services

We remind you that counseling services are available for students (bachelor, master, and PhD) suffering from this stressful situation. Please note that an unlimited number of social consultations is free of charge.

Students and staff should also feel free to call on EPFL’s spiritual care service for support.

Staff members are welcome to contact their HR manager for advice on further sources of support.

Support

To better understand what help is needed, we would like to give you the opportunity to inform us about your concerns and the problems that you face currently.

For example, if you are currently stranded in Russia, or if you experience difficulties in continuing your research due to disrupted collaborations with Russian scientists, please let us know at this address [email protected].

We also encourage you to share any other concerns, requests, questions, or suggestions you may have.

If your situation is urgent, please reach out directly to Kathryn Hess Bellwald, associate VP for student affairs and outreach.

Counseling services

We remind you that counseling services are available for students (bachelor, master, and PhD) suffering from this stressful situation. Please note that an unlimited number of social consultations is free of charge.

Students and staff should also feel free to call on EPFL’s spiritual care service for support.

Staff members are welcome to contact their HR manager for advice on further sources of support.