Climate and Sustainability Action Week

ETH Week – – Alessandro Della Bella / ETH Zürich

September 13th to 16th + 19th

A week to collectively explore how to act on complex environmental and social issues as future professionals.

The CSAW will allow 100 students to acquire skills that can be applied in the professional world to develop projects related to sustainability.

The program includes conferences, workshops, co-construction of concrete projects, networking, and testimonials.

Registration open until June 27th

What is the CSAW?

One week before the start of the semester on the Lausanne campus to understand the complexity of a specific sustainability issue, and co-create relevant student projects to address it, using innovative tools and methods.

This week will be co-created with a team of students: Lucie Castella (EL), Jean-André Davy-Guidicelli (SIE), Christophe Deloose (MT), Marguerite Fauroux (MT), Sarah Michel (SV), Victor Rey (SV), Loïc Wermeille (MT).

For and by whom?

For all bachelor and master students of EPFL and UNIL, with student coaches, members of the UNIL-EPFL community and guest speakers.

The CSAW is coordinated by Michka Mélo (VPA-DLL, main contact point for this initiative), Nicola Banwell (VPT), and Eric Domon (VPT). This initiative is supported by the Vice President for Responsible Transformation.

Why the CSAW?

There is a growing demand and need for future professionals to adapt their approaches, skills and tools to the complex societal issues they face and will face in the 21st century, around topics such as mobility, health or energy.

This week offers the opportunity to be trained with tools and methods allowing to act appropriately on these complex issues.

Register now!

Photos by Alessandro Della Bella / ETH Zürich and the EPFL media library.

Our pilot edition

7 ideas to promote circular economy and mitigate climate change

Check the article

In February 2021, around 30 students took part in the pilot version of EPFL’s Climate and Sustainability Action Week, working in cross-disciplinary groups to outline circular economy solutions. It was an intense five days of teamwork to build a brighter future.

One poster to discover the results of the CSAW pilot edition.

All talks replays are available on our SwitchTube channel.

This participant booklet, full of interesting resources, was co-created by students, EPFL & UNIL collaborators.

Participants loved it!

“I really want to thank you for this great event. I am very inspired by it, and I really feel better about the crisis we are facing : seeing that you are not alone, that many people share your fears and can bring you many ideas and much hope, it really feels good.”

“It was amazing, I was incredibly impressed with how engaging this (…) event was, how many amazing projects came out of it, and the overall motivation of everyone, organizers and participants alike.”

“Thanks again, this is some pure gold for student that call for techniques to get more ideas !”

94 % considered that this programme helped them understand the advantage of an interdisciplinary approach to solving scientific and technical problems.

91 % considered that the skills and competences they developed are useful for their professional future.

90 % considered that the group work sessions were satisfactory, and 100 % considered that there were enough supports to help their team function well.

They evaluated that the learning objectives were met between 72 and 97 %.

Join the initiative!


Do not hesitate to get in touch, we want this initiative to be open to a wide range of contributions!

[email protected]

021 693 20 98

ME B2 484 (Bâtiment ME), Station 9, CH-1015 Lausanne

>> The CSAW LinkedIn page