EPFL Foundations Day 2022
On September 15, 2022 the Research Office welcomed Swiss and international Foundations at the EPFL Polydome for a full-day of talks and networking opportunities with researchers from across Switzerland.
The aim of the event was to help researchers diversify their funding portfolio by learning more about how Swiss and international donors and grant-making foundations support Swiss-based research.
Thanks to its renowned speakers and numerus networking opportunities, the EPFL Foundations Day offered the perfect platform to both young and experienced scientists to jumpstart their foundation-funded project!
Date: Thursday, 15 September 2022
Place: EPFL Polydome
Audience: Researchers from across Switzerland
Cost: EPFL internal – free; external – 80CHF
Researchers from across Swiss institutions had the chance to hear from some of the most important foundations not only in Switzerland, but also from elsewhere in Europe and beyond.
To start the day, a panel of donors discussed philanthropic support to research. During the plenary sessions, we were introduced to our invited grant-making foundations and learnt the ins-and-outs of their funding mechanisms (hint: they operate in unique ways!). We also heared testimonials from EPFL grantees about how to best approach foundations. Beyond this, participants had the opportunity to meet the speakers and grantees during numerous networking breaks. Finally, an ongoing poster display showcased the excellent research at EPFL being funded by foundations.