Cooperation 2004


Scientific Cooperation Conference

North-South sustainable development:
Balancing social demands and technological challenges

12 and 13 February 2004

Science serving development

The EPFL can look back proudly upon dozens of research and training projects conducted both abroad and on the home campus, aiming to sustainably improve the living conditions of people in the emerging and developing countries. Three words – scientific development cooperation – suffice to express the commitment of our School and of its many specialists in the relevant fields. Three words which stand for the EPFL’s open international policy, both towards partners in industralized countries and those in countries less favoured. The objectives are well known. Nonetheless, the publication of the records of the first Scientific Cooperation Conference, held in February 2004, are a good occasion to briefly review their deeper implications.
Firstly, cooperation means exchange and sharing with scientists from partner institutions in Africa, Asia or Latin America , as well as national and international public, community-based or private organizations that strive for sustainable development and more equitable access to knowledge, resources and well-being.
Scientific cooperation focuses on the leading role of science, knowledge and culture in any development process. It puts knowledge and advanced technologies to work for social, economic and environmental sustainability, in order to respond to the critical problems facing societies afflicted by the most pressing needs.
Scientific development cooperation requires the commitment of all associated partners in a cooperative effort. This effort should aim for a balance between the requirements of economic growth, the imperative preservation of natural and built resources, and social justice for individuals in each country and between the regions of the world.
However, such an ethics of scientific development cooperation must not render us oblivious to the basic principles of any scientific approach. These principles, common to all research and education, must apply regardless of disciplines and location. They are: rigorous investigation and creative innovation.
It is in this very perspective that North-South partnership has proved indispensable. In view of the many challenges that sustainable development poses to developing societies, complementary approaches have to be found in a number of areas: knowledge, working methods, past experience, culture(s). They are the ferment of true innovation linking science and society.
These were the issues that guided us during these first Scientific Development Cooperation Conference. And they were a success. Scientists of worldwide renown, working in this field here and worldwide, and major social players came to share their experience, to testify that the scientific community has a paramount part to play in this quest, and to call our attention to to the pitfalls we must avoid if we wish to be both scientifically effective and pertinent in terms of societal questions.
The following records document that the debate has been launched and that similar events will have to be repeated if we wish to ensure the lasting nature of these activities and their future consolidation.

Jean-Claude Bolay
Directorr of Cooperation@epfl

Below you will find the contributions of the participants (in the original language of presentation):

Jeudi 12 février 2004

The North-South scientific cooperation at EPFL (.pdf/ 144 Kb)


Prof. Aebischer, President of EPFL

Scientific cooperation and partnerships: the potential and constraints


Prof. Mario Molina, Nobel Prize for Chemistry, MIT, USA

La coopération universitaire institutionnelle (.pdf/ 65 Kb)


Prof. Michel Molitor, Vice-Rector of University of Louvain la Neuve – Belgium, in charge of international cooperation

Science, société et mondialisation: Du Sud, qu’attendons-nous ? (.pdf/ 71 Kb)


Aminata Traoré, writer and former Minister of Culture, Mali

Vendredi 13 février 2004

Recherche Nord-Sud: les enseignements (.pdf/ 826 Kb)


Pro f. J. Tarradellas, EPFL

Returns on Investment to Scientific Partnership (.pdf/ 115 Kb)


Prof. Myriam Sanchez, Universidad del Valle, and Director, Corporación Biotec, Cali, Colombia

Some innovations in current and future scientific cooperation: The Example of the NCCR North-South (.ppt/ 13’500 Kb)


Prof. H. Hurni, Uni Bern, Dir. NCCR N-S



Innovation in current and future scientific cooperation: The view from the South (.pdf/ 217 Kb)


Prof. Danelia Sabillón, Centro de Estudios y Control de Contaminantes (CESCCO). Tegucigalpa, Honduras


ATELIER A: Approches et méthodes pour un vrai partenariat scientifique Nord-Sud


Approches et Méthodes pour un Vrai Partenariat Scientifique Nord – Sud (.pdf/ 219 Kb)


Dr Guéladio CISSE, Directeur du Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire

An original experience of scientific partnership through an applied research project in Senegal. (.pdf/ 3729 Kb)

Alexandre Repetti, Marc Soutter, EPFL

Expérience de la Coopération Technique EPF Lausanne – ESP Antsiranana (.pdf/ 34 Kb)

Prof. Chrysostôme RAMINOSOA, Directeur de l’Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique d’Antsiranana.


Atelier B: Que sont des technologies appropriées pour les pays du Sud?


Technologies from / for the South(.pdf/ 7635 Kb)


Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India


Appropriate Technologies in a Globalizing World? (.pdf/ 311 Kb)


Prof. Dr Adrian Atkinson, Institute of Urban and Regional Planning, Technical University Berlin

Sustainable Energy Storage Technology for the South and for the North (.pdf/ 836 Kb)

A. Rufer, EPFL

Atelier C: Science et sociétés – transferts et intégration sociale


Applied social research: limits and scope (.pdf/ 379 Kb)


Dr. Héctor Castillo Berthier, Institute for Social Research, National University of Mexico, Mexico (UNAM)