Other events

Finance and Technology Conference 2023 on Decentralized Finance

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Venue: Starling Hotel, EPFL

During this conference we aim to shed light on what works and what does not in decentralized finance and how to build trust in it. We will discuss the way forward for socially and economically sustainable DeFi and what the next generation of DeFi may look like. Inevitably, the question whether more regulation will stifle or stimulate innovation, whether it may lead to a level-playing field that enhances security, compatibility between established and emerging players as well as consumer trust will arise. What are the key trends around the globe that influence an inherently interconnected market? What are the most promising options at hand?

This event is organized jointly by the Finance and Technology Programme and the Center for Digital Trust, EPFL, in collaboration with The Enterprise for Society Center (E4S).

Swiss Winter Finance Conference on Financial Intermediation 2022

April 3-6, 2022

Venue: Switzerland

Since 2008, the Swiss Winter Conference on Financial Intermediation brings together globally leading researchers to present their latest work on financial intermediation, covering both empirics and theory.

Finance and Technology Conference 2021 on Crypto-assets and Asset Tokenization

Friday, November 5, 2021

Venue: SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Distributed Ledger Technology has the potential to reshape the traditional financial system. An example is decentralized finance, which allows people to combine open-source building blocks into sophisticated financial products utilizing DLT. Central banks, as another example, face growing competition from private actors offering their own digital alternative to physical cash. However, the current lack of clear legal and technological standards prevents market players and institutions from fully exploiting the potential DLT.

This conference features latest research and insights on crypto-assets and asset tokenization, and their impact on banking and financial market infrastructures. The event combines a broad spectrum of stakeholders, which combine legal and regulatory, technological, financial and economic as well as civil society perspectives. It addresses academics and practitioners alike, and shall foster the public dialogue and interaction across institutions.

This event is organized jointly by the Swiss Finance Institute @ EPFL and the Center for Digital Trust, EPFL.

3rd Annual 4nations Cup, May 2, 2014

Friday, 14

Venue: EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

“The nation that delivers the best young finance scholars raises the cup after a day of fierce battle.”

Contest among the most promising young finance professors in Europe (PhD < 10 years ago). These scholars compete through ‘mini seminars.’ These 40-minutes seminars were given by candidates from Great-Britain, Italy, Holland, and Switzerland.


The contestants selected for this year’s tournament are:


  • Alex Edmans (LBS)
  • Dong Lou (LSE)


  • Nicola Gennaioli (Bocconi)
  • Nicolas Serrano-Velarde (Bocconi)


  • Oliver Spalt (Tilburg U)
  • Patrick Verwijmeren (Erasmus U)


  • Ruediger Fahlenbrach (EPFL)
  • Per Oestberg (U Zürich)
Princeton-Lausanne Workshop on Quantitative Finance and Economics 2013

May 3-4, 2013

Venue: Princeton, United States

The Princeton-Lausanne Workshops are part of a collaboration between researchers in Quantitative Finance & Economics from Princeton University, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Lausanne (UNIL). This 2nd event of a series of workshops is hosted by the Bendheim Center for Finance and the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering (ORFE) at Princeton.

Princeton-Lausanne Workshop on Quantitative Finance 2011

May 13-14, 2011

Venue: EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

The Princeton-Lausanne (“P&L”) Workshop shall foster the collaboration and interaction among leading groups of researchers in quantitative finance from Princeton University, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Lausanne (UNIL). This inaugural event of a planned series of P&L Workshops is organized by the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering and the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Lausanne (UNIL), hosted by the Centre Universitaire Lausannois en Finance (CULF).

Swissquote & EPFL Day on Quantitative Finance 2011

Friday, April 19, 2011

Financial markets alternate between still and highly volatile periods. In attempts to predict this erratic behavior, market players have been developing a myriad of algorithms supposed to increase their wealth or predict financial crises, giving rise to Quantitative Finance (QF).

Two schools of thoughts have co-starred QF since its debut: the academics’ and the practitioners’.

The Swissquote & EPFL day on quantitative finance is a day for discussions and exchange of brand new ideas between representatives of both worlds.

Homogeneous versus heterogeneous, rational versus irrational, data versus axioms, and of course modeling, will be key-words of this encounter.

Reading group

Thursdays 13-15h

Venue: Extranef, room 109, Lausanne, Switzerland

EPFL and UNIL are organizing a joint working group on the topic “Macroeconomics with Financial Frictions”.

The goal is to study the most up-to-date research on the interactions of the real sector of the economy with the financial sector and possible policy implications.

At every meeting of the group, one of the members will present a paper of his choice in an informal way, followed by discussions.