School of Basic Sciences

The School of Basic Sciences is responsible for teaching and research in chemistry, mathematics, physics and related domains.
A growing emphasis has been developing in fields at the interface between our traditional disciplines.

A new model of metabolism draws from thermodynamics and “omics”.




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, astrophysics and energy.



Currently the largest chemistry school in Switzerland in terms of annual number of graduates, 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

CIS Colloquium – Safe Machine Learning by Prof. Shafi Goldwasser


With: Prof. Shafi Goldwasser Dean Jim Larus (IC)
Category: Conferences – Seminars

Enabling Technologies for the Green Synthesis of Pharmaceutical Agents


With: Dr. Rebecca Ruck Dr. Rebecca T. Ruck joined Merck Research Laboratories, Process Research & Development in 2005 and is currently Executive Director of Enabling Technologies, PR&D in Rahway, NJ. Her team is tasked with leveraging its expertise in areas such as Catalysis, Biotechnology and Flow Chemistry to enable processes for APIs in the MSD pipeline and developing new capabilities that will allow us to continue to do so into the future. Becky previously served as Director of three different teams: Process Chemistry, Catalysis & Automation and Discovery Process Chemistry. Over the course of her career, Becky and her team have impacted projects across a range of therapeutic areas, including beta-lactamase inhibitors, hepatitis C and diabetes.   Becky earned her A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1998. She received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003, where she was an NSF Fellow in the research group of Professor Eric Jacobsen. Following graduate studies, Becky served as an NIH post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Professor Robert Bergman at the University of California, Berkeley. She has a real passion for driving Women in Chemistry activities and was named the 2018 winner of the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.  
Place and room: Zoom
Category: Conferences – Seminars

Algebraic statistics, tables, and networks


With: Prof. Sonja Petrovic, Illinois Institute of Technology
Place and room: zoom
Category: Conferences – Seminars

Key figures Nov 2018


Research Groups


Research Institutes








Mme Hélène Laurens
tel: +41 21 693 3302
Faculté des Sciences de Base EPFL
PH A2 364 (Bâtiment PH)
Station 3
CH-1015 Lausanne