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The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) celebrates 50 years of scientific progress

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
With 2019 marking the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) 50th anniversary, the federal institute of technology is celebrating its golden anniversary with a series of events and festivals that showcases its successes in the science, research, education and innovation industries to members of the public.

Key events include open science days, where technology enthusiasts can learn at the hands of World-class researchers about the vision for reproducible science as well as immersing themselves in innovative research events and celebrating the Alumni 50th day to honour previous graduates at EPFL.  

Located in the Lausanne Montreux region, overlooking the shores of Lake Geneva, the EPFL is one of Europe’s most renowned science and technology establishments, encompassing a history that dates back to the mid-19th century. Ranked as one of the top five most international universities in the world, the institute has a strong reputation in engineering and computer science programmes.  

For more than 20 years, the EPFL has been a key player in innovation and technology that also hosts one of the largest conference centres in Lake Geneva region, the SwissTech Convention Center. The venue stands out with its majestic infrastructure, famed for its modernity and innovative technologies. The centre also acts as an educational base for students as well as an outstanding venue for business delegates.  

Other important sectors for the EPFL include music, where it has long been the home to the digital archives of the neighbouring well-esteemed annual Montreux Jazz Festival. Visitors can explore the Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab, an immersive archive containing important audio-visual and music from the globally renowned festival which acquired UNESCO Heritage Status. The EPFL has preserved up to 50 years of content, including 11,000 hours of video, 6000 hours of audio and 18,000 photos for future generations to discover.  

SwissTech is just one of four convention centres partnered with Lausanne Montreux Congress (LMC), alongside the Beaulieu Convention Centre, The Olympic Museum and Montreux Music & Convention Centre (2m2c), with each centre showcasing different aspects of the region.  

With its strong reputation in the innovative technology industry, the SwissTech Convention Center is already set to host a series of engaging conferences, including The 11th World Congress Science Journalists (WCSJ). The five day event will take place 1st-5th July 2019, providing delegates with the opportunity to network and discuss the future of science.

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