EPFL hosts the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development since 2007.

The UNESCO Chair operates as an international networking platform, building bridges between disciplines and sectors.

The Chair, in collaboration with partners in emerging and developing countries, creates and             promotes innovative technologies aimed at poverty reduction and sustainable development.


Foster Multidisciplinary Research in Four Priority Research Fields


Train Engineers to Become Facilitators of Sustainable Development

Flagship event

Promote Capacity Building Through Knowledge Exchange at the Global Level


Hostettler, S., Hazboun E., & Bolay, J.C. (Eds.) (2015). Technologies for Development: What is Essential? Springer International Publishing.

Hostettler, S., Gadgil, A., & Hazboun E. (Eds.) (2015). Sustainable Access to Energy in the Global South: Essential Technologies and Implementation Approaches. Springer International Publishing.

Bolay, J.-C., Hostettler, S., & Hazboun E., (Eds.). (2014). Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Way to Reduce Poverty? Springer International Publishing.

Bolay, J.-C., Schmid, M., Tejada, G. & Hazboun, E. (Eds.) (2012). Technologies and Innovations for Development: Scientific Cooperation for a Sustainable Future. Springer International Publishing.