Materials for Sustainability – IFL Annual Conference 2019

Monday, December 04th 2023

09:53 – 09:53 (GMT)

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On October 16th 2019, from 16h00 to 20h30, Innovation Forum Lausanne will host its Annual Conference at EPFL (CO1 Auditorium) to bring the attention of its varied and broad audience on Materials for Sustainability. This event will highlight how Materials Science is building the fundamental bricks for a more sustainable and greener future. From photovoltaics to construction and recycling, the invited speakers will tackle diverse issues and the high-impact solutions they developed to solve them. 


In September 2015 an historic United Nations Summit gathered Heads of State and Government together with high-level leaders from business and civil society to jointly commit to the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Innovation Forum Lausanne is proud to be part of the movement towards sustainable development by carrying out its activities according to the 17 SDGs. With this in vision, this year edition of Innovation Forum Lausanne Annual Conference will focus on Materials for Sustainability.

The goal of the event is to bring together top scientists, entrepreneurs professional policy makers and experts from established companies to share their ideas and knowledge with the audience. We aim at raising the awareness not only on the current problems, but also on the possible solutions. In particular, we plan to introduce approaches based on new materials, recycling processes and derived technologies as the fundamental bricks to build high-impact solutions.

Save your spot now with a free ticket! Don't miss the opportunity to join the great network of scientists and entrepreneurs during the booth session and apéro. 




16:20 - 16:30

Welcome by Innovation Forum Lausanne

16:30 - 17:30

Materials for Efficient Photovoltaics

16:30 - 17:00

Prof. Michael Grätzel – Keynote

17:00 - 17:15

David Schuppisser – Next-Gen high-efficiency commercial Photovoltaics

17:15 - 17:30

Franz-Josef Haug – Photovoltaics technology transfer 

17:30 - 18:00

Coffee break, booth session

18:00 - 18:30

Materials for Sustainable Construction

18:00 - 18:15

Gnali Landrou – Sustainable construction in the market

18:15 - 18:30

Dimitrios Terzis – Ground bio-stabilization technology environmentally friendly

18:30 - 19:20

Recyclable and Renewable Materials

18:30 - 18:45

Prof. Véronique Michaud – TBA

18:45 - 19:00

Amaël Cohades – Self-healing composites

19:00 - 19:15

Leo Duham – Shoes from recycled plastic from the Ocean

19:15 - 19:25

Gianluca Paglia & Julia Binder – Sustainability at EPFL

19:25 - 19:30

Closing remarks by Innovation Forum Lausanne


Light apéro dinner, networking and booth session


Professor M. Grätzel, leader of the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces at EPFL, founded the field of molecular photovoltaics, opening the path to high-performance solar cells. He has been ranked first in a list of 100,000 top scientists across all fields worldwide.

He is responsible for Insolight business strategy and leads Business development and technology transfer partnerships

Specialized in solar cells, he is Senior Lecturer and Scientist at EPFL and represents EPFL's teaching staff at the Council of the Engineering Faculty

Holding a PhD in Mechanics, he founded Medusoil in 2018 as an EPFL spin-off

Associate Dean of Engineering, in charge of Education at EPFL

After his doctoral studies and postdoc experience, he founded CompPair in January 2019 as an EPFL spin-off

Together with a technology expert, he will present how Adidas is joining the run of the UN 2030 Agenda with shoes from recycled plastic.

An EPFL environmental science engineer, he participated in the launch of the EPFL Solar Decathlon project and created the SOLAR association

Holding a PhD in Economics, her research focused on sustainable and social entrepreneurship and became the Tech4Impact Project in June 2018


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