The goal for community outreach at the structural engineering laboratory of EPFL is to provide the opportunity for anyone to visit the large-scale testing facilities available at EPFL and to illustrate how these facilities are used to address societal challenges such as the high seismic risk associated to existing structures or the strengthening of existing infrastructure in order to increase their service life. Outreach activities are offered on special occasions (open days, information days for highschool student, Journée des métiers for kids,…). Groups from public institutions have the possibility to visit the laboratory at any time during the year. For more information, please contact Dr. Olivier Burdet ([email protected]).

Kids explore at the Journée des Métiers the vulnerability of Lego structures to ground shaking and learn about the tasks of a civil engineer.
Demonstration of the dynamic response of structures to earthquakes during the open days at EPFL.

Video: SimplyScience.ch

Journées des gymnasiens 2018

3-hour demonstration to 14 high-school students participating in two hands-on challenges. The educational kit MOLA was utilized to demonstrate how structures resist gravity and earthquake loading. The students were able to evaluate the performance of their idealized design by means of shake table testing.


September 12 : 10 am – 11 am GC Entrance Hall second level –

Atlantide, GC A2 94.3

Importance of research in the field of structures for society, engineering and education. Presentation of the various test setups and testing machines in the laboratories. Explanation of ongoing tests by researchers. Duration: 1h

(max. 20 participants)