Location and Travel

UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: What is Essential?

4-6 June 2014 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland


Your Venue: Swiss Tech Convention Center at EPFL

The conference will be hosted by the Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV) at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne from 4-6 June 2014.

EPFL is located just outside the city of Lausanne in Switzerland, on the shores of the largest lake in Europe, Lake Léman and at the foot of the Alps and the Mont-Blanc. Its mission is threefold: education, research and technology transfer at the highest international level. EPFL has a vibrant campus with 15,000
people located by the lake. Through its innovative organization, EPFL fosters encounters between students, professors, scientists and entrepreneurs. Fostering these interactions facilitates the emergence of novel scientific, technological and architectural projects.

The conference will take place at the Swiss Tech Convention Center, the first fully-modular congress center in Europe. A dramatic new addition to the EPFL Campus, the Convention Center will open its doors in April 2014. Its futuristic design featuring a glass facade equipped with dye sensitized solar cells makes it a truly unique building for the third edition of the conference of the UNESCO Chair. With its close proximity to Lausanne, designated the Olympic Capital, the Swiss Tech Convention Center is an ideal platform for exchange among conference delegates from around the world.

Travel to Lausanne


Lausanne is located 60 km northeast of Geneva, and 225 km southwest of Zurich. The easiest way to reach Lausanne from either the Geneva-Cointrin International Airport or the Zurich Kloten International Airport is by train, with respective travel times of approximately 40 minutes and some 2.5 hours. There is also a direct fast train connection from Paris. Visit the SBB CFF FFS website for trip planning (including local transport lines).

Travel in Lausanne

Visitors staying in most hotels in Lausanne receive free travel cards for Lausanne buses and metro. The city centre of Lausanne is a short distance from the train station: 2 minutes by metro, 5 minutes by bus or 10-15 minutes (uphill) by foot. The main metro stop for the city center is Lausanne-Flon, where the m1 and m2 metro lines intersect. Lausanne lakeside (Ouchy) can be reached from the railway station by metro m1 direction “Ouchy” in 5 minutes.

Travel to EPFL

The EPFL campus (campus map) is located 6 km west of Lausanne and is accessed most easily by metro. Parking is expensive and scarce.

Public transport (line map): If you come directly from the railway station, take the metro line m2 to Lausanne-Flon (direction Croisettes), then change to metro line m1 (direction Renens). The ride on the m1 metro line from Lausanne-Flon to stop EPFL takes 12 minutes (direction: Renens or Renens-Gare).

NB: Tickets for the bus and metro lines in Lausanne should be purchased prior to boarding, from machines located at each bus/metro stop (make sure to have coins, as bills or credit cards are often not accepted). A single ticket costs CHF 3.50 for zones 11-12 (to reach EPFL from the city) and will be valid for 1 hour (from the time of purchase) of unlimited travel on any method of transport (bus, metro, local train) within the zone. Note, however, that most hotels provide day passes to their guests.

By car: On Motorway N1, follow the directions for Lausanne, then for Lausanne-Sud, and finally exist at “Sortie UNIL-EPFL“. The lake will be on your left. At the second roundabout, after a few hundred meters, enter the EPFL campus on your right.

NB:  Parking on campus is payable and as there are very few spaces available, we strongly recommend that you use public transport.