An innovative teaching approach that combines cross-disciplinary projects with hands-on learning and practical applications.

Discovery Learning Program

As a world-renowned science and technology university, EPFL must remain at the forefront of teaching practices. It is our duty to equip our students with the cross-disciplinary skills they will need to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Our Discovery Learning Program (DLP), part of the Make initiative, uses a hands-on approach in which students work together on cross-disciplinary projects, conduct experiments and build prototypes. This work is carried out at our Discovery Learning Labs (DLLs) – state-of-the-art facilities where professors and students design innovative systems for both research and industrial applications.

The DLP also gives students an opportunity to obtain guidance from professional experts and test out their ideas in special prototyping workshops.


Learning Laboratories

State-of-the-art facilities for student experiments


Resources for building workable prototypes


MAKE Projects

Interdisciplinary projects supported by the school

FIELD Projects

Open-ended projects and human-centered design

Act for change lab

Realize a sustainable idea, project or initiative


A program designed to support smart, driven, and curious students transform their ideas into reality

Intiative for promoting new student projects


For students

Online resources and coaching to support project realization and prototyping

For teachers

A support to an innovative pedagogy promoting hands on training, project based learning and interdisciplinarity

The Discovery Learning Program in the press

Interdisciplinary projects attract ever more students

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The secret to acquiring professional skills

Transversal competencies

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Swiss Solar Boat – Interdisciplinary projects

Geometry inspired by the Polynesian canoe

CNN – Syroco vs SP80: The race to create the world’s fastest sail boat

SP80 – Interdisciplinary project

For more than eight years, the world sailing speed record has remained unbroken.