About Lausanne

UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact
2-4 May 2016 | SwissTech Convention Centre | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

View of the old town of Lausanne from the square in front of the cathedral (Photo: Lausanne Tourismus/Régis Colombo)

Lausanne lies in the French speaking part of Switzerland, and is the capital of the canton of Vaud. The city is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva. It faces the French town of Evian-les-Bains, with the Jura Mountains to its north-west. Lausanne is located 62 km northeast of Geneva.

From the EPFL campus, you may walk along Lac Léman (or Lake Geneva) for hours, enjoying lake and mountain views, and maybe have a coffee in one of the many cafés in Lausanne-Ouchy. Or you might want to stroll through the old city and climb the wooden steps up to the cathedral, maybe do some shopping.

If possible stay over the weekend and enjoy the large cultural offer of the city or a take a train through the vineyards to the nearby Alps, to the Swiss capital Bern or to Geneva. Nested between the mountains at one hour from Lausanne, in Lavey-les-Bains, you will also find a hot spa, ideal to relax between the hectic schedule of travelling and work.



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