Date & Time

Date 08 December
Time 17:00 - 18:00
Place Online conference
Event type


The year 2020 is nearing its end, a disruptive year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we are in the midst of the second wave and the vaccine’s likelihood seems to materialize, many questions remain unanswered about the future.

EPFL, like the rest of the world, has had to face this crisis and find solutions to pursue its missions of education, research and innovation. It is in this context that we would like to invite you to an online conference on the subject “EPFL and COVID-19”.

We have asked Martin Vetterli, President of EPFL, to share with us the challenges and opportunities encountered this year, the lessons learned and his vision for 2021.

We will also have the honor of welcoming three EPFL professors who are very involved in the COVID-19 crisis and often quoted in the press. They will talk to us about their work and answer the many questions raised during a round table discussion, followed, by a live question and answer session.

17:00 Welcome (Zoom)

17:05 Speech by the President of EPFL

17:15 Meet the experts: presentations and round table discussion

Professor Jacques Fellay, Associate Professor at the EPFL and Director of the Unit of Precision Medicine at the CHUV, member of the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force, is conducting a research project on the human genomics of severe forms of COVID-19.

Professor Carmela Troncoso, Head of the Security and Privacy Engineering Laboratory at the EPFL Faculty of Computer Science and Communications, member of the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force, has actively participated in the development of the SwissCovid application.

Professor Francesco Stellacci, Director of the Laboratory of Supramolecular Nanomaterials and Interfaces EPFL (SUNMil), is developing a broad-spectrum anti-viral drug with the hope of making progress in the fight against SARS-CoV-2 in particular.

Mirko Bischofberger, Director of Communication at EPFL, will moderate the round table.

17:45 Live Q&A

18:00 End of the event

The event will take place on Tuesday, 8 December from 17:00 to 18:00 live on Zoom.
Registration for the event

Please note that the event will be in French and English depending on the interventions.

You have the opportunity to ask questions in advance by sending an email to the following address: alumni@epfl.ch.

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