Education Day

17 May 2019
SwissTech Convention Center

Scientific and pedagogical dialogues: the future of teaching and the challenges of transitioning from high school

To mark our school’s 50th anniversary, the Vice Presidency for Education held a special one-day event for teachers, guidance counsellors and other practitioners in Switzerland’s educational system.

The aim was to discuss the future of education and its challenges. Attendees will helped lay the groundwork for innovative teaching methods that prioritize talent development and have a major impact on society.

An award was handed out for the first time for innovative work in high-school education, based on a review of submitted proposals.


8:30am – Registration and coffee

9:00am – Opening remarks by Martin Vetterli, EPFL President, and Pierre Vandergheynst, Vice President for Education

9:20am – Presentation by Eric Mazur, physics professor at Harvard University

10:30am – Workshops on the transition from high school to college

  • Core skills: Introduction to the scientific approach
  • Teaching science: How to motivate students
  • Digital processes, algorithmic thinking and artificial intelligence: What goes on behind the scenes
  • How engineering can help address societal challenges
  • Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship: Key skills for future engineers

12:30pm – Buffet lunch

2:00pm – Talk by Cesla Amarelle, head of the Vaud Canton Department of Education, Youth and Culture

2:30pm – Presentation by select teachers of their innovative teaching methods

4:00pm – Closing remarks by Pierre Vandergheynst, awards handed out

4:30pm – Comedy sketch

5:15pm – Cocktails and concert

  • Martin Vetterli, EPFL President
  • Pierre Vandergheynst, EPFL Vice President for Education
  • Eric Mazur, physics professor, Harvard University
  • Cesla Amarelle, head of the Vaud Canton Department of Education, Youth and Culture

Date: 17 mai 2019

Venue: SwissTech Convention Center

Event upon registration

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