Sustainable Research

Research and innovation have the potential to address many of the malfunctions of our socio-economic systems. As we are entering what some refer to as the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, technology in particular is playing a crucial role in addressing many of the most pressing problems of our time.


The opportunities to solve such major challenges are significant: from alleviating poverty, ensuring access to education and healthcare, enabling circular economic systems, to promoting gender equality – technological solutions can play an important role in providing (and scaling!) solutions to these complex problems




From Lab to Market


The Playgrant program is a newly launched EPFL Tech4Impact grant. It is designed for EPFL researchers’ (potential) entrepreneurial projects, i.e. research projects with an advanced technology but with the need to test and validate the technology in different market and sustainable impact application scenarios.


Playgrants are one-year programs aimed at promoting the creation of social enterprises. A Playgrant includes workshops, mentoring, as well as a financial grant of CHF 50,000.


You can find all information here






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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

Alaya
Bloom
Caulys
Drop
Enoki
Insolight
LED Safari
MIRobotics
Picterra
Mobsya
YagoExo

Zaphiro

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