The Council is the body exercising participation rights in the sense of Art. 32 of the FIT Act (Federal Act on the Federal Institutes of Technology ruling the EPF). It provides comprehensive information to and ensures the participation of the Institute members. The Council expresses its opinion on strategic actions regarding the Institute’s research and planning that are submitted to its approval. The Council is the Institute’s body in charge of hearing proposals from Institute members (right to submit motions).


Next elections

The present term is ending on August 31st, 2024 and elections will soon be organised according to the following schedule to designate the new Council representatives:

  • Wednesday 1 May 2024: call for candidates
  • Monday 3 June 2024: deadline for candidate declaration
  • Monday 10 June 2024: publication of the lists of candidates
  • Monday 10 June 2024: opening of elections
  • Tuesday 18 June 2024: closing of elections
  • Friday 21 June 2024: communication of elections results
  • Sunday 1 September 2024: start of mandate of new representatives (mandate of 2 years).

To obtain more information about the IPHYS Council, you can consult the IPHYS organisation rules (section 4) or contact one of the present members of the Council (see below).



The present Council is composed of the following members:


Chair (Director of  IPHYS)

Henrik Rønnow


Representatives of teaching staff

Rafaël Butté

Jean-Philippe Hogge

Georges Wagnières

Vacant seat


Representatives of scientific staff

Duncan Alexander

Alexander Kruchkov

Thomas La Grange

Marina Pivetta


Representatives of administrative and technical staff

Julien Burnens

Nadja Dekumbis

Anh Eymann

Vacant seat


Members ex officio

Olivier Schneider (Deputy Director of IPHYS)

Cécile Hébert (Director of the Physics Section)

Paolo De Los Rios (Director of the Doctoral Program in Physics)

Blandine Jérôme (Scientific assistant, acting as Secretary)

Stefania Quaranta (Administrator)