Karen Scrivener

UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: What is Essential?

4-6 June 2014 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland


  Karen Scrivener
Professor and Head of Laboratory of Construction Materials
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Karen Scrivener graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1979 in Materials Science. She went on to do a PhD on “The Microstructural Development during the Hydration of Portland Cement” at Imperial College, remaining there until 1995 as Royal Society Research Fellow and then lecturer. In 1995 she joined the Central Research Laboratories of Lafarge near Lyon in France.

In March 2001 she was appointed as Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Construction Materials, Department of Materials at EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. The work of this laboratory is focussed on improving the sustainability of cementitious building materials.

She is the founder and co-ordinator of Nanocem, a Network of industry and academia for fundamental research on cementitious materials and Editor in Chief of Cement and Concrete Research, the leading academic journal in the field.

She is president of the EPFL-WISH foundation, which seeks to promote the careers of women scientists connected to EPFL.