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EiR: Return to Tanzania and next steps of entrepreneurship journey

Posted on 2023-02-14

By Rehema Saadan

Having left behind the December snow in Switzerland, we – the six participants in the Engineers in Residence program – have returned to the sunny skies and greenery of our homeland, Tanzania. We brought with us new toolkits of engineering and business skills, and even stronger ambitions to have an impact on the provision of healthcare in our country. 

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IDAIR Pathfinder: Empowered by ties among three African women

Posted on 2023-02-11

February 11 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science and this year’s theme is Sustainable and Equitable Development. We decided to honour this day by speaking with three African women who are key partners in an EssentialTech-hosted sustainable development project. IDAIR Pathfinder is aimed at improving epidemic preparedness and public health in Sub-Saharan Africa through AI-enabled epidemiology.

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Researchers deliver science for humanitarian action

Posted on 2022-10-06

By Christoph Elhardt, Sheena Kennedy

Using innovative technologies and scientific expertise to help people in need is the goal of the Engineering for Humanitarian Action initiative launched by the ICRC, ETH Zurich and EPFL in 2020. Six of the projects are already offering results for tangible improvements for the ICRC.


An internship with a difference : Investigating gender-based violence and solutions

Posted on 2022-07-20

By Ema Fournier 

Bachelors student in International Relations and Political Science, HEIP, Paris 

My first internship experience was unique and amazing: I had the chance to build new skills, learn from two great teams, and discover Switzerland! And I completed an in-depth report on the context on gender violence – who knows, my work may eventually help researchers at EPFL develop tools to mitigate gender-based violence. 

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New Swiss Alliance for Capacity-building in PeaceTech

Posted on 2022-05-19

EPFL and The Geneva Graduate Institute (formerly IHEID) have signed an agreement to create the Swiss PeaceTech Alliance, which will bring together complementary knowledge needed to build capacity internationally in the field of PeaceTech. The partners are very proud to further announce that the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (GPP) has also decided to join the alliance.

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