List of Campus Lectures

Portrait de Dominique Perrault

Dominique Perrault

Architecture/Urbanism, Culture/Society, Sustainability/Environment

“Groundscape, or the subterranean landscape“

Daniel Huttenlocher

Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Culture/Society

“The Age of AI: And Our Human Future“

Assia Garbinato

Artificial Intelligence, Culture/Society, Sustainability/Environment

“Leadership & Digital Technology Serving Ecological Transition”

Assia Garbinato, Head of Digital & Innovation at Romande Energie, Alumni Award 2023

Conference held on April 18th, 2024

Metin Arditi

Basic Sciences, Culture/Society, Economy/Finance

“Physics Research – Business – Literary Writing: The Same Battle?“

Metin Arditi, writer, Alumni Award 2023

Conference held on March 14th, 2024

Campus Lecture - Nicolas Cudré-Mauroux

Nicolas Cudré-Mauroux


“Innovation Portfolio Management”

Nicolas Cudré-Mauroux, Chief Technology Officer at SICPA SA

Conference held on February 22nd, 2024

Jennifer A. Lewis

Engineering, Life Sciences/Health

“Printing soft and living matter in three dimensions“

Jennifer A. Lewis, professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Conference held on December 4th, 2023

Campus Lecture - Madiha Derouazi

Madiha Derouazi

Innovation, Life Sciences/Health

“From Scientist to Entrepreneur: Bridging the Gap to Bring Vaccines to the Clinic”

Madiha Derouazi, CEO of Speransa Therapeutics, Founder and former CEO of Amal Therapeutics, Alumni Award 2023 and EPFL alumna

Conference held on November 27th, 2023

Giuliano da Empoli at EPFL

Giuliano da Empoli

Culture/Society, Politics

Conversation with Giuliano da Empoli

Political advisor, author of the novel “The Wizard of the Kremlin”

Conference held on October 9th, 2023

Ghita Mezzour, durant sa conférence du 6 octobre 2023 à l'EPFL - 2023 EPFL/Alain Herzog - CC-BY-SA 4.0

Ghita Mezzour

Computer Science, Culture/Society, Innovation

“Unlocking Morocco’s Digital Potential: Towards an Innovative and Inclusive Growth”

Ghita Mezzour, Morocco’s Minister Delegate in Charge of Digital Transition and Administrative Reform, Alumni Award 2023 and EPFL alumna

Conference held on October 6th, 2023

Alain Aspect at EPFL

Alain Aspect

Basic Sciences

“From Einstein’s doubts and Bell’s theorem to quantum technologies: the second quantum revolution“

Alain Aspect, Nobel Prize in Physics 2022 Picture of the Nobel Prize Medal

Conference held on October 2nd, 2023

Jean-Pierre Danthine

Culture/Society, Economy/Finance

“Capitalism and the planet: an impossible marriage?“

Jean-Pierre Danthine, Honorary Professor at EPFL

Conference held on September 27th, 2023

Demis Hassabis at EPFL

Demis Hassabis

Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science

“Using AI to Accelerate Scientific Discovery”

Demis Hassabis, founder and CEO of DeepMind

Conference held on May 26th, 2023

Christoph Aeschlimann


“Ensuring Swiss Tech Leadership”

Chritsoph Aeschlimann, CEO of Swisscom, Alumni Award 2022

Conference held on May 22nd, 2023

Nathalie Brandenberg and Sylke Hoehnel

Life Sciences/Health

“On the Verge of the Next Healthcare Revolution“

Nathalie Brandenberg and Sylke Hoehnel, Co-CEO and founders, SUN bioscience

Conference held on November 3rd, 2022

Raquel Urtasun

Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science

“An AI-First Approach to Revolutionize Self-Driving at Scale”

Founder & CEO, Waabi and Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto

Conference held on September 30th, 2022

Merritt Moore at EPFL

Merritt Moore

Basic Sciences, Culture/Society

“Why Not Both? Pursuing two passions: physics and professional ballet career”

Merritt Moore, ballerina and quantum physicist

Conference held on September 30, 2022

Lorraine Daston

Culture/Society, Politics

“The Origins of International Governance in Science”

Lorraine Daston, director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Conference held on May 30, 2022

Kim Stanley Robinson

Culture/Society, Sustainability/Environment

“Do we need a Ministry for the Future?”

Kim Stanley Robinson, writer of science fiction

Conference held on May 19th, 2022

Claudia Clopath

Artificial Intelligence, Basic Sciences, Life Sciences/Health

“Mathematical Models of Learning in the Brain“

Claudia Clopath, professor of Computational Neuroscience at Imperial College London

Conference held on May 9th, 2022

John Doerr and Ryan Panchadsaram

Innovation, Sustainability/Environment

“Speed & Scale: A Plan for Confronting Climate Change Now”

John Doerr, chairman of Kleiner Perkins
Ryan Panchadsaram, advisor to the Chairman

Conference held on April 21st, 2022

Chelsea Manning at EPFL

Chelsea Manning


“The Future of Privacy and Data in Wartime”

Chelsea Manning, technologist and network security expert

Conference held on March 7th, 2022

Sonia Seneviratne


“State of the climate crisis: Conclusions from the last IPCC reports“

Sonia Seneviratne, climate scientist and Professor at ETH Zurich

Conference held on March 3rd, 2022

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Carl Zimmer

Life Sciences/Health, Politics

“Science and Policy During the Pandemic“

Carl Zimmer, award-winning New York Times columnist and author

Conference held on December 6th, 2021

Katie Mack

Katie Mack


“The End of Everything”

Katie Mack, Astrophysicist, North Carolina State University, USA

Conference held on November 23rd, 2021

Frank Wilczek

Basic Sciences, Space

“Conversation with Frank Wilczek”

Physicist (Nobel Prize of Physics, 2004)

Conference held on November 16th, 2021

Marietje Schaake

Cybersecurity, Politics

“How Democracy Ends, the privatisation of governance in the digital world.“

Marietje Schaake, President of CyberPeace Institute

Conference held on November 10th, 2021

Shoshana Zuboff

Shoshana Zuboff

Culture/Society, Politics

“In Conversation on The Age of Surveillance Capitalism”

Shoshana Zuboff, Author, Harvard Business School Professor Emerita

Conference held on September 27th, 2021

Rob Greenfield

Culture/Society, Sustainability/Environment

“Be the change.“

Rob Greenfield, activist and humanitarian

Conference held on May 19th, 2021

Nicholas Christakis

Culture/Society, Life Sciences/Health

“Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live“

Nicholas, Christakis, professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University

Conference held on May 17th, 2021

Andrea Wulf


“The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World“

Andrea Wulf, historian and author

Conference held on March 8th, 2021

Steven Strogatz

Basic Sciences

“Infinite Powers: The story of calculus”

Steven Strogatz, professor of Mathematics, Cornell University

Conference held on December, 8th, 2020

Klaus Hommels

Economy/Finance, Innovation

“Digital Competitiveness”

Klaus Kommel, venture capitalist and founder of the Lakestar fund in Zürich

Conference held on October 1st, 2020

Mariana Mazzucato

Economy/Finance, Innovation

“Digital Competitiveness”

Mariana Mazzucato, economist at University College London (UCL), Founder/Director of UCL’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, and author

Conference held on October 1st, 2020

George Church and Christian Frei

Basic Sciences, Culture/Society, Innovation

“Conversation with George Church et Christian Frei”

Harvard synthetic biologist and Swiss movie director

Conference held on the 18th of september 2020

Ada Yonath

Basic Sciences, Life Sciences/Health

“Next generation eco-friendly antibiotics and thoughts about origin of life“

Ada Yonath, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009

Conference held on December 17th, 2019

Ed Winters

Life Sciences/Health, Sustainability/Environment

“The hidden costs of our food choices”

Ed Winters, co-founder and co-director of Surge

Conference held on December 16th, 2019

Giulia Galli

Computer Science, Sustainability/Environment

“Marveling at materials through in-silico lenses”

Giulia Galli, Liew Family professor of Electronic Structure and Simulations in the Pritzker School of  Molecular Engineering and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago

Conference held on November 13th, 2019

Alessio Figalli

Basic Sciences

“From optimal transport to soap bubbles and clouds: a personal journey“

Alessio Figalli, mathematician and laureate of the 2018 Fields Medal

Conference held on November 11th, 2019

Hiroshi Amano

Basic Sciences, Sustainability/Environment

“Gallium nitride (GaN) as a key material for establishing a sustainable society”

Hiroshi Amano, physicist, engineer and inventor

Conference held on October 14th, 2019

Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths

Basic Sciences, Computer Science

“Algorithms to Live By”

Authors of Algorithms to Live By, The Computer Science Of Human Decisions

Conference held on October, 7th, 2019

Fiona Watt

Life Sciences/Health

“Exploring heterogeneity of human skin cells”

Director of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), King’s College London

Conference held on 27 September 2019

Yuval Noah Harari

Culture/Society, Innovation, Life Sciences/Health, Politics

Conversation with Yuval Noah Hariri

Historian, philosopher and bestselling author 

Conference held on July 10th, 2019

Stephen Quake

Basic Sciences, Innovation

“A cell is a bag of RNA“

Stephen Quake, Professor of Bioengineering and Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University

Conference held on July 3rd, 2019

Richard Baldwin

Economy/Finance, Engineering

“The Globotics Upheaval: globalization, robotics, and the future of work“

Richard Baldwin, professor of international economics at the Geneva Graduate Institute

Conference held on May 15th, 2019

Klaus von Klitzing

Basic Sciences

Conversation with Klaus von Klitzing

Laureate of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Physics

Conference held on April 15th, 2019

Saul Perlmutter

Basic Sciences

“Science, Reality, Credibility“

Saul Perlmutter, professor of physics. Laureate of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics

Conference held on April 8th, 2019

Elizabeth H. Blackburn

Basic Sciences

Conversation with Elizabeth H. Blackburn
Researcher and co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine

Conference held on March 6th, 2019