Ms. Marcela Lenz

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up, lived and studied part of my life in Chile; a country of 4270 km long and narrow in places by about 350 km. There is a great diversity of natural landscapes. I studied in a Scientific High School. Having always been interested in cultural diversity and passionate about languages, I came to Switzerland to continue my studies in the field of tourism and commerce in Geneva and Lausanne. My first steps at EPFL started at the Laboratory of Electrical Energy Networks (LRE), in the Department of Electricity; today called STI – School of Engineering. I was hired, among other things, for the organisation of a large International Conference on Electromagnetic Compatibility in Evian, France. Afterwards, I got involved in the associative field by working and supporting the EPFL Alumni. In 2002, a new School of Life Sciences was created, where I was able to start working and supporting the administrative management of a large project to build an Animal Facility at EPFL for experimental research on animals. In October 2021, I helped and supported the head of the Urban Demography Laboratory (GR-URBDEMO) at ENAC in the opening of his laboratory, which gave me great satisfaction both on a human and professional level. And now in 2022, collaborating with the LAPI allows me to be part of a great academic adventure with new professional challenges, I am already looking forward to this opportunity.

Did you choose your job or did it choose you?

My opportunities, my different trips and my chosen studies directed me to this choice. But there are always surprises in life that can change, and this may determine other choices.

What do you like to do, apart from science and research?

In my free time I like long walks; where time stops for a moment to enjoy the silence and the landscape, holidays at the sea, sports with others, music, reading and sharing time with family and friends.

What is the most interesting place you have visited?

Death Valley in California, which is located in the Mojave Desert at 85.5 meters below sea level, the lowest point in the United States. It is a wonderful place with bright colors, extraordinarily unique landscapes with multiple and very impressive shapes.

A free thought for the end?

“Seeking for the best in others to have fruitful relationships”. “Never stop learning”.