Tuesday, November 22nd

List of stands: Anxiety

  • Ciao/ On t’écoute
  • Promentesana
  • Aba
  • La main tendue
  • PositiveMinders
  • Stressnetwork
  • Point Santé EPFL
  • CHUV
  • Consultation sociale EPFL & consultation psychothérapeutique du CHUV
  • Aumônerie EPFL
  • Pôle prévention de l’association des étudiant·es de l’EPFL (Agepoly)

The act of creation can be a great way to let off steam, to let go or to put your deepest feelings on canvas. In collaboration with COLORE TA VIE, we invite you to take part in the creation of a participative fresco on the Esplanade from 21 to 25 November from 12 noon to 2pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to express yourself freely! 

This session will deal with how stress – acute and chronic – can affect both our cognitive capacities (such as attention and performance) and our social lives (i.e., how we relate to and interact with others). We will discuss key factors and mechanisms that explain stress effects on brain and behavior and interrogate why we are not all equally affected by stress, focusing on anxiety as a personality trait that defines high susceptibility. The second part of the session will be devoted to Q&A with the public.

Carmen Sandi is a professor at EPFL, the co-director of the NCCR Synapsy on neuroscience and mental health, and the founder and co-president of StressNetwork.ch. She has been president of the European Brain and Behavior Society and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. Her work has been published in over 250 articles and various books, and recognized with several awards, including the Ron de Kloet Prize and the ISRA John Paul Scott Award.

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Autism, “dys-” disorders (dyslexia, dyscalculia, etc.) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are just some manifestations of an atypical brain. Neurodiversity is common in academia, but what does it mean in practice? What strengths does it bring and what difficulties can it cause?  Drawing on theory and personal stories, this panel discussion will explore what neurodiversity really means and promote a deeper understanding of neuroatypical people.


Dr. Chiara Fiorentini is a senior psychologist and psychotherapist based in Geneva (Fondation Pôle Autisme and private practice). She is committed to supporting assessment and intervention for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families, both through her clinical practice and in her role as a trainer for professionals. Her current interests revolve around assessment and intervention for women and girls on the spectrum, and around promoting a culture of neurodiversity at school and in the workplace.

Philosopher and author Dr. Josef Schovanec is an advocate for human biodiversity and a tourist guide in his native country of Autistan. He champions inclusion at Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium and through his work with charities and nonprofits.

Personal stories

  • Galina Limorenko, doctoral assistant, Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology and Neuroproteomics, EPFL
  • Pierre Vandergheynst, professor, Section of Electrical Engineering (SEL), EPFL

Moderation: Ms Fatima Sator

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