EPFL Drone Days 2019

13 – 15 September
Lausanne Campus

Drones were back for the 3rd edition of the EPFL Drone Days.

From 13 to 15 September 2019, the leading specialists and the best pilots converged to EPFL for this annual event of flying robotics.

If Switzerland is the “Home of Drones”, EPFL is one of its cradles. It is also at the center of a Drone Valley that includes both industry leaders and visionary start-ups: senseFly, Flyability, Pix4D, Windshape, Foldaway Haptics, Dronistics, Picterra.

For a weekend, EPFL was the meeting point for all players in this technology of the future.

The event took place as part of the EPFL Portes Ouvertes and EPFL 50th birthday celebrations.

The drone race in video


Drone race

Flying at 150 km/h, the best pilots of the moment will battle with their drones at the heart of the EPFL campus.

Night race

Outside the race, drones fitted with brightly-colored LEDs will create a magical show on Saturday night.

Invitation to drone flying

Take control of a drone and just fly – with a little bit of help from our experts.

General public conference

To know everything about the latest innovations, security and sport in the field of drones.

Autonomous drone Ice cream delivery

It’s a world first – the future has never been so refreshing!

Drone racing initiation workshop

Whether by sight or in immersive mode, become a pilot on our custom flying track.

360° flight

Like a bird, fly in immersive mode above the EPFL campus.


The EPFL Drone Days are a joint collaboration between EPFL, Aéropoly, Drone Industry Association Switzerland (DIAS) and the World Air Sports Federation (FAI).

AéroPoly was born out of the desire to share the passion of flying in all its forms with the largest number of EPFL students and staff. It has as a mission to promote air sports on the campus and to organise aerial activities. It also aims to support EPFL teams in competitions, for example in international contests.



Drone Industry Association Switzerland is the entity federating Swiss drone companies. Its purposes are to facilitate embracement, use and acceptance of drones (a.k.a. unmanned aerial systems), represent, support, defend and promote Swiss drone companies, specifically with a focus on export, and  engage with other associations and groups facing similar challenges.



The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, FAI – The World Air Sports Federation, was founded in 1905.
It is a non-governmental and non-profit making international organisation with the aim of furthering aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide. It is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Media partner

Race support

For its organisation, the drone race benefits from the support of the FPVM Club volunteers


The FPVM Club is a non-profit association whose purpose is to bring together FPV drone racing pilots. It was created so that pilots are able to train and develop their skills within an organized structure.

EPFL - Alain Herzog

EPFL – Alain Herzog



Pour toute question au sujet de la manifestation ou pour toute information, merci d’envoyer un email à: [email protected]


La manifestation est organisée par le service Médiacom Evènements de l’EPFL, en collaboration avec les partenaires institutionnels.