Safe Space

A group that supports the LGBT+ community at EPFL through help, mentorship, and proposals for a more inclusive campus.
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What is Safe Space?

Safe Space is a bottom-up initiative aimed to support the EPFL LGBTIQ+ community. We would like to build a community and a space for dialogue where queer people and allies can share their experiences, connect with others and create positive change.

In collaboration with the Vice Presidency for Responsible Transformation (VPT), we also help EPFL to be more attentive to LGBTIQ+ rights such as parental leave, marriage leave and gender marker change. 

Reach out 

We know it takes courage to speak up and our community members are here if you need someone to talk toYou can contact any of the trained Safe Space members below (by email, phone or Telegram) who will ensure youranonymity and confidentiality. Listening and building trust are our main priorities.





Alias Poma


LGBTIQ+French, English, ItalianMail: [email protected]
Telegram: @aliaspoma
They/themStudent, Unil, FGSE

Camille Montemagni

FemaleLGBTIQ+French, EnglishMail: [email protected]
Phone: 076 578 64 60
Telegram: @cammonte
She/herStudent, IC

Carmela Troncoso


LGBTIQ+French, SpanishMail: [email protected]
Phone: +41 21 693 71 80
Telegram: @carmelatroncoso
She/herTT Asst. Professor, IC

Chiara Ercolani


LGBTIQ+English, ItalianMail: [email protected] She/herPhD student, ENAC

Deirdre Rochat


AllyEnglish, FrenchMail: [email protected]
Phone: 021 693 81 29
She/herAdmin staff, IC

Gisou van der Goot


AllyFrench, English, Dutch, SpanishMail: [email protected]She/herProfessor, SV

Hélène Fuger


AllyFrench, English, GermanMail: [email protected] She/herDelegate, EGA-VPT
Natasha StegmannFemale LGBTIQ+French, EnglishMail: [email protected]
Phone: 021 693 60 94
Telegram: @natachien
She/herAdmin staff, EGA-VPT

Nicholas Morgan

MaleAllyFrench, EnglishMail: [email protected]
Phone: 076 816 63 99
Telegram: @nickmo
He/himPhD student, STI

Nicolò Ferrari

MaleAllyFrench, English, ItalianMail: [email protected]
Phone: 078 675 00 98
Telegram: @Nicolo_Ferrari
He/him Student, SB

Olivier Burri

MaleLGBTIQ+French, English, SpanishMail: [email protected]
Phone: 078 885 34 04
Telegram: @oburri
He/himScientific asst., SV

Pavlos Nikolopoulos

MaleAllyFrench, EnglishMail: [email protected]He/himPost Doc, IC
Rebekah OverdorfFemaleLGBTIQ+EnglishMail: [email protected]She/HerPost Doc, IC

Sami Abuzakuk

MaleLGBTIQ+French, EnglishMail: [email protected]
Phone: +33 6 51 91 46 91
Telegram: @MrZaik0
He/himStudent, IC

Solal Pirelli

MaleAllyFrench, EnglishMail: [email protected]
Telegram: @SolalPirelli
He/himPhD student, IC

Tatiana Porté

FemaleAllyFrench, English, RussianMail: [email protected]
Phone: +41 76 409 82 80
Telegram: @happy_geeky
She/herScientific asst., IC


How can Safe Space help you?

  • We are here if you need someone to talk to, or if you want to share your experience as a member of the LGBTIQ+ community at EPFL.
  • If you need support, likeminded individuals are here to listen and discuss possible solutions with you.
  • As we build this community, you can meet peers and share experiences on how to navigate difficult personal or professional situations such as coming out, starting a family, and being LGBTIQ+ in Switzerland. 
  • We help organise trainings about LGBTIQ+ identities, gender and sexuality, and examine prejudice, assumptions, and privilege.
  • We are in dialogue with the EPFL community, services and groups, on LGBTIQ+ topics related to all aspects of life.
  • If you have witnessed discrimination or harassment, we can help you report it. 
  • Do you want to be part of the solution and make EPFL more inclusive? Contact us: [email protected] or check out the list of EPFL services,  associations and resources below.

Additional support at EPFL

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  • Are you LGBTIQ+, pan, ace, non-binary, questioning, or any ally?
  • Would you like to meet likeminded students or colleagues from the EPFL LGBTIQ+ community?
  • Come join the queer apéros every last Thursday of the month, at 7pm in Lausanne. 
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Follow a workshop
  • Attending a workshop is a great opportunity to learn about LGBTIQ+ identities, gender and sexuality, and examine prejudice, assumptions, and privilege. 
  • We help organise workshops and we can also direct you to a resource that does.

No scheduled events