By Ema Fournier
Bachelor’s 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.
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.
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 #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.
Lausanne, December 7, 2021 – Nephrologists in Switzerland and Africa are the first to discover details of an innovative alliance aimed at addressing the extreme gap in access to dialysis therapies in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), compared to higher income countries.
The interdisciplinary RENal care for ALL Alliance (Ren’All Care) brings together experts from key organizations in Europe and Africa: the EssentialTech Centre of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), the African Association of Nephrology (AFRAN), the Francophone Society of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation (SFNDT), the Swiss Society of Nephrology (SSN), and the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (WITS).