Essential Tech Center


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.


Yves Daccord joins EPFL EssentialTech Centre

Posted on 2022-03-23

EPFL’s EssentialTech Centre has reinforced its team with an internationally recognized leader in humanitarianism, development and peace.

Former Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Yves Daccord will serve as Senior Advisor to the EssentialTech Centre at EPFL, which is dedicated to harnessing technology to drive sustainable development, humanitarian action and peace.

On International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, we ask… just what does it take to prepare for an epidemic?

Posted by Dr. Michel Andre Rochat on 2021-12-27

On #EpidemicPreparednessDay, I’d like to share a little about what we do to help prepare for epidemics.

Scientists, medical professionals and public health authorities don’t have crystal balls and they don’t have magic bullets. It takes years of foresight (through research, epidemiology, expert modelling), along with ingenuity and perseverance to develop expertise and tools to prepare for an epidemic.

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