Showcase 2030

EPFL's Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

EPFL Tech4Impact and Ingénieurs du Monde cordially invite you to the 1st Showcase 2030 event at the Forum Rolex Learning Center on April 10!

The first EPFL Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) report provides impressive evidence of the University’s potential to advance the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. From tackling essential technology needs in emerging countries to addressing the global energy needs of tomorrow, these disruptive research projects provide innovative technological solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.

Join us for an exciting evening with leading EPFL scientists and innovative start-ups who present break-through solutions that address a variety of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals! We are particularly honored to welcome UN General Director Michael Møller and Swiss Ambassador Thomas Gass to the event.

The event is free of charge and is open to everyone.

Click here or on the report hereunder to download the PDF version.

If you would like a very nice printed version, just send us an email with your postal address, we will be happy to send you one copy.

16h30 – Doors open and start of the interactive exhibition of EPFL Start-Ups working on the SDGs

17h00 – Welcome and Introduction

17h15 – Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals

17h30 – Introduction to the 1st EPFL Sustainable Development Goal Report

17h45 – Presentations of inspiring SDG research projects at EPFL

19h00 – Closing Remarks

19h15 – Apero & interactive exhibition of EPFL Start-Ups working on the SDGs

Welcome and Introductions

Prof. Dr. Marc Gruber, Vice President for Innovation at EPFL
   EPFL-Technology, Sustainability Goals, and the Scaling of Solutions: Three Key Ingredients for a more sustainable Future

Dr. Thomas Gass, Vice Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and former UN Assistant Secretary-General

Dr. Julia Binder, EPFL Tech4Impact Project Leader

EPFL Research Projects

Prof. Dr. Claudia Binder
  Sustainable urban systems

Prof. Dr. Janet Hering
  Eawag and EPFL working together for SDG 6 to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Prof. Dr. Anders Meibom
   EPFL’s Transnational Red Sea Initiative/Center

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nazeeruddin
   Perovskite Solar Cells: A New Paradigm in Renewable Energy

Prof. Dr. Marcel Salathé
   ITU / WHO Focus Group AI for health

Dr. Klaus Schönenberger
   Technology Innovation for development and humanitarian action: The EssentialTech Centre

Prof. Dr. Karen Scrivener
   Cutting 30% of CO2-emissions in constructions – while improving quality and lowering cost

Prof. Dr. Wendy Lee Queen
   Realizing the environmental benefits of synthetic sponges

Closing Remarks

Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
 Closing remarks

The interactive start-up exhibition will showcase 12 innovative EPFL spin-offs working on different SDGs

LED Safari

The event will take place at the Forum Rolex Learning Center.

Doors open at 16h30 and the official program will start at 17h00.

Free registration here

For more information contact us at [email protected]


Michael Møller

"The 2030 Agenda is our global roadmap for a better world. The incredible promise of technology and innovation will help us achieve sustainable development. We need researchers and innovators on board together with other stakeholders to think out of the box, work coherently, implement systemically and deliver SMARTly."

Prof. Dr. Marc Gruber

“EPFL research contributes to the Agenda 2030 in manifold ways – and there are plenty opportunities to further increase our sustainable impact!”

Dr. Thomas Gass

“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the missing (vision) piece of the globalisation puzzle.. a vision that can only be achieved with the power of innovation and creativity.”

Prof. Dr. Claudia Binder

"The transition towards sustainable urban system, e.g., including the energy transition, is a socio-technical transition"

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nazeeruddin

"We are developing low-cost solution processable perovskite solar cells with >22% efficiency: a “game-changer” for supplying affordable, and clean energy for all"

Prof. Dr. Marcel Salathé

“The world needs a global, independent FDA for AI algorithms"

Dr. Klaus Schönenberger

“Science and technology can be harnessed to address essential unmet needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable via entrepreneurship”

Prof. Dr. Karen Scrivener

"The Laboratory of Constructions Materials at EPFL developed the revolutionary cement composition “LC3“ which has the potential to lower global CO2-emissions by 1-2%."

Prof. Dr. Janet Hering

“There are many exciting opportunities in research and education to support sustainable development projects with robust knowledge, tools and scientific methods"

Prof. Dr. Wendy Lee Queen

"There are many ways to be successful and many ways to fail. Do things in a manner that make you feel good.”

Dr. Julia Binder

“The UN Agenda 2030 calls for ground-breaking scientific solutions – with technology playing a primary role in accelerating societal change.”