Innovation Day

19 November 2019
Forum Rolex

Transferring innovation to industry

2019 marks our 50th year of transferring cutting-edge technology to industry. On this occasion, we are holding a special Innovation Day at our campus on 19 November 2019 inviting industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs to share their experience and vision with us.

In a first chapter, Business leaders will explore the role of innovation in industry, sharing their vision of technological development and explaining how they manage innovation across their organizations, industries and markets. They will also talk about the economic and technological challenges they face every day – and how their research partnerships and joint ventures with EPFL help them overcome those challenges and foster innovative thinking.

In a second chapter, entrepreneurs with an exceptional path will give an overview of their experience, their determination to succeed and how EPFL has been contributing to their success. They will share their vision on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Switzerland and beyond and share their advice to inspire future generations.

14:30         Doors open

15:00         Welcome and introduction
Martin Vetterli, President of EPFL

Chapter 1: Industry Leaders

15:15         Industry Leaders’ visions on Data Science across industry sectors

16:15         Roundtable

16:35         Break and networking

17:00         Keynote speech

Chapter 2: Successful Entrepreneurs

17:30         The EPFL start-up ecosystem
Marc Gruber, Vice President for Innovation

17:45         Talks by successful entrepreneurs

18:30         Roundtable

19:00         Closing and Dinner

Register now

The event is open to all and free to attend.

Registration is mandatory for organizational reasons.


EPFL Innovation Day offers you the opportunity to share inspiring experiences and testimonies of relationships and business development with EPFL.
Our speakers are visionary industry leaders, successful national and international entrepreneurs, professors and researchers. They will share their insights and vision of innovation on stage.

Martine Clozel
Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, Idorsia Pharmaceuticals

Aude Pugin
Chief Executive Officer, Apco Technologies

Edouard Bugnion
Vice President for Information Systems, EPFL

Jurgi Camblong
Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder, Sophia Genetics

Marc Gruber
Vice President for Innovation, EPFL

Patrick Hertzog
User Experience Officer & Co-Founder, Nexthink

Amin Shokrollahi
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Kandou Bus

Martin Vetterli
President, EPFL

Date :
Tuesday 19 November 2019.
Doors open at 2:30PM, the conference starts at 3PM

Forum Rolex Learning Center

The event will be held in English.

Aurélie Schick
Communications & Events
Vice Presidency for Innovation
[email protected]