Location and Travel

Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Way to Reduce Poverty?

29-31 May, 2012 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland


Your Venue: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

The conference will be hosted by the Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV) at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne from 29-31 May, 2012.

EPFL is located just outside the city of Lausanne in Switzerland, on the shores of the largest lake in Europe, Lake Geneva and at the foot of the Alps and Mont-Blanc. Its main campus brings together over 11,000 persons, students, researchers and staff in one location. Because of its dynamism and rich student community, EPFL has been able to create a special spirit imbued with curiosity and simplicity. Daily interactions amongst students, researchers and entrepreneurs on campus give rise to new scientific, technological and architectural projects. With 125 nationalities on campus and over 50% of professors from abroad, the School is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan university campuses.

The main conference venue and registration will be located on the campus – Salle Polyvalente. Coffee breaks and lunch will be served on location.

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 can be reached from the railway station by metro m1 direction “Ouchy” in 5 minutes.

Travel to EPFL

The EPFL campus is located 6 km west of Lausanne and is accessed most easily by metro.

Public transport: 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). The conference venue will be signposted from the EPFL metro stop. Count 5-7 minutes on foot.

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 2.60 for zone 11 (just for the city) and CHF 3.00 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.