The Civil Engineering Institute of EPFL
Urban population growth, scarcity of resources and climate change will create situations where traditional civil-engineering practice is no longer appropriate. While civil engineers have strived to do “more with less” for centuries, they now need to do this proactively in challenging contexts of high environmental uncertainty and limited material availability.
The mission of the Civil Engineering Institute at EPFL is to combine expertise across a broad range of disciplines with world-class experimental facilities to develop significant scientific results, advanced learning support and appropriate innovation and technology transfer for the next generation of engineers. These engineers shall either become specialists or be able to collaborate with specialists from EPFL and elsewhere to meet society’s needs through improving the quality of life, lowering environmental impact and reducing life-cycle costs.
Our core disciplines:
The Civil Engineering Institute at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne performs research in the core disciplines of Civil Engineering (structures and materials, transportation and networks, geosystems and natural resources), as well as research at the interface with environmental engineering (fluids) and at the interface with architecture (buildings physics).
The research conducted in our laboratories and research groups fosters excellence in fundamental and applied research.
We offer exceptional experimental facilities at various scales including the ability to test large-scale structures in our experimental halls.
With the emergence of the EPFL Valais and EPFL Fribourg (Smart Living Lab) campuses, the Civil Engineering Institute is going through an exciting growth phase.
Michel Bierlaire, Director of Civil Engineering Institute
Sophie Bauer, Administrative Assistant
Is a “green populist” movement emerging in Switzerland?
According to two EPFL scientists, Switzerland’s right-wing populist parties have adopted some ideas from green parties in order to attract more voters. In a recent shift in messaging, the populists claim that increased urbanization and growing population density are being fueled in part by immigration, and could wipe out natural areas and expand Switzerland’s carbon footprint.
The metamorphosis of a Zurich neighbourhood
"24 heures" publishes an article on the evolution of Zurich's Letten neighbourhood. An open drug scene in the 1990s, it is now a friendly and attractive place for tourists and residents. Vincent Kaufmann, a sociologist specialising in mobility issues and professor at EPFL, is interviewed.