7-9 September 2022 | EPFL Rolex Learning Center | Lausanne - Switzerland
School of life sciences symposium 2022
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Why you should Join Event

We will celebrate our 20 years of existence. The Symposium will honor life sciences in the context of a technical university; reflect on the key developments in the last 20 years in life sciences; and look out to the next two decades of opportunities of multidisciplinary life sciences, bioengineering and the impact of our work on society.

Great Speakers


Visionary Science

Have Fun


Moderator of the day: Mirko Bischofberger

Chair: Alex Persat

    • Fiona Doetsch – Stem cells in the adult brain: Regulation and diversity
    • Michelle Monje – Neuron-glial interactions in health and disease: From cognition to cancer
    • Mike Stratton – Mutational processes in normal human tissue

Chair: Giovanni D’Angelo

Chair: Pavan Ramdya

  • Nicole King – A history of hypotheses on the origin of animals

  • Caroline Uhler – Causality, perturbations, gene regulation, and drug repurposing 

  • Rafael Yuste – Can you see a thought? Neuronal ensembles as emergent units of cortical function

Chair: Brian McCabe

    • Tony Hyman – Biomolecular condensates and their implications for cell physiology
    • Gaia Pigino – Structural cell biology of cilia and eukaryotic flagella
    • Ron Vale – Structure of the sperm axoneme
    • Melina Schuh – Illuminating the beginning of life (remote)

Chair: Pierre Gönczy

Chair: Andy Oates

    • Lluis Quintana-Murci – Darwin meets Pasteur: evolutionary genetics dissection of human immunity
    • Pascale Vonaesch – The intestinal microbiota in childhood undernutrition
    • Eran Elinav – Host microbiome interactions in health and disease 

Chair: Melanie Blokesch

    • Ed Boyden – Optical tools for analyzing and controlling biological systems
    • Cori Bargmann – Integrating behavior across timescales
    • Michael Elowitz – Multicellular circuit design: natural and synthetic

Chair: Anne-Florence Bitbol

Program in PDF format

Registration deadline: Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Students/Postdocs - 3 days

CHF 150


  • Includes coffee breaks, lunches and standing dinners

EPFL and Alumni - 3 days

CHF 200


  • Includes coffee breaks, lunches and standing dinners

Other Participants - 3 days

CHF 300


  • Includes coffee breaks, lunches and standing dinners

The Symposium has been recognized as continuing education for animal experimentation. The attendance of the two scientific days (September 8 and 9) will be certified as one day of continuing education. Attendance of either September 8 or September 9 will be certified as 0.5 days of continuing education.

Certificates will be sent per mail to the participants having duly signed the attendance list at the symposium.

Academic Committee

  • Location

    École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
    Rolex Learning Center
    Rte Cantonale
    CH-1015 Lausanne