School of Basic Sciences

The School of Basic Sciences combines intellectual excellence with unique infrastructure, to provide an outstanding educational and research environment in mathematics, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering and beyond. From the creation of new knowledge to fostering innovation, we develop cutting-edge technologies and transfer them to the world.

When light and atoms share a common vibe




Research at the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC), on the main Lausanne campus and in Sion, Wallis, spans fundamental studies in theoretical chemistry and biochemistry to applications in catalysis, drug discovery and diagnostics, sustainability and the environment.


Mathematics plays a fundamental role in science and technology. Mathematical models are essential tool for scientists and engineers to solve complex problems requiring abstraction in all theoretical and applied scientific research, but also in the financial and insurance domains.


The Institute of Physics (IPHYS) is responsible for cutting-edge research over the whole spectrum of physics and in related domains, in collaboration with other disciplines. Research covers the following five domains of physics: quantum science, condensed matter, biophysics and complex systems, particle physics and astrophysics, energy.



The chemistry and chemical engineering section of EPFL trains students in chemistry, chemical engineering and biotechnology and offers one Bachelor of Science program, two Masters programs (Molecular and Biological Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) and one PhD program in chemical engineering.


The mathematics section of EPFL offers high-quality education programs in theoretical and applied mathematics at the three university levels (Bachelor, Master and PhD) to students of the whole EPFL and of several other curricula at the local universities (UNIL, HEP).


The Physics Section at the EPFL offers advanced theoretical and experimental training in fundamental and applied physics. Our bachelor, master and PhD programs provide state-of-the-art education in the most innovative fields of modern physics, astrophysics, quantum sciences, condensed matter physics, biophysics and energy.

Seminars and conferences

[ Volkswagen Stiftung – World Knowledge – Structural Support for "Rare Subjects" | Research & Teaching Funding ]


Category: Call for proposal


Beyond Google: Find scientific information with advanced tools


With:  EPFL Library Teaching Team
Place and room: Online via Zoom
Category: Internal trainings

Synthetic biology approaches to study and exploit RNA regulation


With: Prof Bryan Dickinson earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley for work performed with Professor Christopher Chang. His graduate work focused on the synthesis and application of small molecule fluorescent probes for the detection of hydrogen peroxide in living systems. Then, as a Jane Coffin Childs Memorial postdoctoral fellow with Professor David Liu at Harvard University, he developed new methods to rapidly evolve proteins to perform novel functions. Bryan joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in the Department of Chemistry in the Summer of 2014 and is a member of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019. The Dickinson Group employs synthetic organic chemistry, molecular evolution, and protein design to develop molecular technologies to study chemistry in living systems. The group’s current primary research interests include: 1) how lipid modifications on proteins are controlled and regulate cell signaling, 2) developing new evolution technologies to reprogram and control biomolecular interactions, and 3) engineering systems to understand and exploit epitranscriptomic, RNA regulation. The motivating principle of the Dickinson Group is that our ability as chemists to create functional molecules through both rational and evolutionary approaches will lead to new breakthroughs in biology and biotechnology.
Category: Conferences – Seminars

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Mme Tanya Castellino
tel: +41 21 693 3415
Faculté des Sciences de Base EPFL
PH A2 364 (Bâtiment PH)
Station 3
CH-1015 Lausanne