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In April 2016, PSL and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) signed an agreement aimed at developing strong research relationships between the two institutions and thereby creating new joint opportunities.
The wealth of programs available at EPFL and the unique nature of PSL’s interdisciplinary programs blending the arts and sciences, humanities and social science create strong potential for collaboration.
The fields of research expected to fall under this agreement include creation and innovation in sensory design, applying theoretical and mathematical theory to “where life intersects,” social science, experimental physics and chemistry, the arts, new mechanisms of governance, and Big Data.
Exchange programs for faculty and researchers from both institutions are expected to spur new research and education projects in these fields, along with new conferences organized by the faculty involved. Student exchanges are also planned.
“Our partnership with Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne is the culmination of already excellent collaborative relationships between EPFL and PSL member institutions such as Observatoire de Paris, MINES ParisTech, École normale supérieure and ESPCI. Our agreement will pave the way for cross-disciplinary research in areas such as the digital humanities and big data and will strengthen the work of our teams already working together in the fields of materials, neuroscience, and physics, to name a few.” Thierry Coulhon, former President of Université PSL.
“As a French-speaking, technology-focused university, we maintain particularly close relationships with France’s scientific institutions. Our partnership with PSL is an opportunity to strengthen this solid joint foundation.” Patrick Aebischer, former president of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
EPFL is Europe’s most cosmopolitan university of technology. The school is host to students, faculty and staff from close to 120 different countries. Serving both Switzerland and the international community, the university is guided by an abiding commitment to openness. Its teaching, research and partnership missions reach into incredibly diverse worlds, including universities and engineering schools, developing and emerging countries, secondary schools and gyms, industry and the economy, political spheres, and the public at large.