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14 - 15 September 2019
Lausanne campus

The perfect opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at EPFL

Whether you are passionate about science and engineering or just curious to see what goes on behind the scenes at EPFL, you should check out our special open house this fall.

This family-friendly event, which will be held to celebrate our school’s 50th anniversary, will take place over the weekend of 14–15 September 2019. It will be free of charge and open to anyone with an interest in science – from children on up!

The theme will be the future of technology. Visitors will get an inside look at the cutting-edge initiatives being carried out across the school in the areas of innovation, research and education. You will be able to check out informative stands, attend talks on specific topics, take part in workshops and campus tours, play educational games and enjoy a host of other activities.

Don’t miss out – join the 30,000+ people expected to visit our campus over the two days.

Make it a weekend of science by also visiting CERN Open Days

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EPFL Drone Days

Dive into a hive of drones.

NCCR Robotics Pavillion

Visit the pavilion of the PRN Robotics and discover intelligent robots can improve our quality of life.

Esprit Sorcier !

Take part in the many activities presented by Fred, the wizard of science.


Aleksi Briclot

Travel to the fantasy world of Marvel Comics.

Scientastic, EPFL Science Festival

Discover science and technology at the heart of the campus.

Exploring the final frontier

Discover the world of space at EPFL through an unforgettable journey.


La technologie au service du sport

Venez découvrir et tester les dernières technologies du sport issues des laboratoires de l’EPFL.

Physics Girl

La star de YouTube livre ses recettes pour s’amuser avec la science.

L’espace MAKE

Venez découvrir les projets extraordinaires des étudiants de l'EPFL. Du bateau super efficient, à la fusée, en passant par le 5ème mode de transport, sans oublier les objets connectés ou encore les bio-capteurs qui révolutionnent la médecine traditionnelle, tout se trouve dans le bâtiment MED.

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What is a doctorate? A thesis ?

Come and discover the EPFL exhibition thesis papers from September 2 to November 1, 2019.

The Sun on Earth

Come discover how physicists produce small stars in a large machine, with the aim of mastering a new source of energy, inexhaustible, safe and respectful of the environment.

The secrets of matter

Come explore the secrets of matter, from elementary particles to innovative materials and living matter, through atoms and molecules.


Physics show

Our Earth has fever. Can we still save the planet by controlling the energy at our disposal?

Set the comics to the digital air

The purpose of this project is to facilitate the process of BD reconfiguration.

Behind the scenes at EPFL

A survey proposed by three sociologists of the College of Humanities.


Snakes and Ladders

Put yourself in the shoes of a budding entrepreneur.

Exhibition: Industrial Design & Graphic Design

Discover the various stages of realization of an object, an edition or a poster, from the first sketches to the prototype.


Venez visiter les studios et enregistrez votre MOOC.


The first buildings of EPFL

Une exposition permet de redécouvrir l’architecture des premiers bâtiments de l’école à Ecublens.


Materials' Revolution: Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials.

Clavier Smaky 4 avec l'interface Cobus, de 1976

50 years of microinformatics

Come and dive into 50 years of incredible evolution of computing and discover the pioneering contributions of EPFL


Portes ouvertes de MATH

La section et l'institut de mathématiques ont préparé pour vous divers stands, conférences et activités telles que des jeux ou des ateliers.

This year’s program includes over a hundred intriguing presentations, talks, demonstrations and other activities. At our interactive stands you will be able to embark on a sensory discovery of scientific innovation through touch, sight and even smell. And our experts will explain the latest discoveries in fields ranging from space and energy to mathematics and life science.

For instance, you’ll find out why cholera bacteria are able to survive in lakes and rivers full of predators, how the human brain functions when it’s healthy or not so healthy, what makes the metabolism of malaria parasites so special, and how solar cells with photosensitive pigments called Grätzel cells were invented.

Meanwhile, our labs will open their doors so that you can interact directly with our researchers and PhD students. Visit the space design workshops at our School of Architecture, tour one Europe’s largest computer-science teaching and research centers, and get an insider’s look at our high-tech labs – in one of our demos, you can see a new software program that uses avatars to calculate how much energy a person expends depending on how they walk.

Stay tuned for more details!


Saturday, 14 September, 10am to 6pm
Sunday, 15 September, 10am to 5pm


Getting here by public transportation

The EPFL campus is served by metro line M1 (from the Renens and Lausanne-Flon metro stations) and by bus (from Morges).

From the Lausanne train station: Take metro line M2 towards Croisettes and get off at Lausanne-Flon. Then take metro line M1 towards Renens station and get off at EPFL. Approximate travel time from the Lausanne train station: 30 minutes.

From the Renens train station: Take metro line M1 towards Lausanne-Flon and get off at EPFL. Approximate travel time: 10–15 minutes.

From Morges: Take MBC bus number 701 towards Lausanne Bourdonnette and get off at St-Sulpice Paqueret or St-Sulpice Parc Scientifique. Approximate travel time: 20 minutes.


Getting here by road

By school bus/coach

On the highway, follow signs for Lausanne-Sud and take the UNIL-EPFL exit.

There is a drop-off point for buses on Avenue Piccard, which can be reached from the local Lausanne-Morges road, but buses are not permitted to park there. Teachers should instruct the drivers to use the off-campus parking lots.

Campus map (in French only)

Off-campus parking for buses and coaches: Lausanne (in French only)Morges (Google Maps)


All the car parks on campus are available on the day of the Open House, except Esplanade car park.

For more information, please contact Bettina Caruso.


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For more information, please contact: Bettina Caruso.

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