The partner Cantons of Fribourg, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Vaud, and Valais decided to submit a joint project with the EPFL for Switzerland Innovation Park Network West EPFL. This decentralized approach is based on the current structure of the EPFL, with its headquarters in Lausanne and the specialized sites in the other partner Cantons. The activities carried out by Switzerland Innovation Park Network West EPFL at the decentralized sites correspond to the research themes of the specialized EFPL sites in the respective Cantons. Beyond its main campus in Lausanne, and especially with the existing EPFL Innovation Park and Biopôle, specialized university sites are being developed in Neuchâtel (Microcity), Sion (Energypolis), Fribourg (Bluefactory), and Geneva (Campus Biotech).
In order to develop a close collaboration between the EPFL and the universities and companies at the different sites, local governance structures are being created under the leadership of each Canton. Together with the Cantonal economic support, these structures provide adequate assistance in enabling the site to welcome entrepreneurs and innovative companies that want to settle near the centers of excellence of this hub. The decentralized Switzerland Innovation Park Network West EPFL focuses on the nine areas of competence of the individual sites. The sites can be expanded as required in accordance with the themes of the different sites.
Research and innovation focus areas
Digitization, 3-D printing, laser nanostructures, green manufacturing, and a whole host of other recent developments show that we are in the middle of a revolution in manufacturing and robotics technology. It is one of the megatrends that is currently redefining the production process, supply chain, and design.
Diverse research and innovation areas such as cloud computing, smart data, cybersecurity, social media, and digital sciences reflect the range of applications for computers and communication systems. The exchange between the world of academic research and the international companies on the campus is strong.
Global energy consumption is rapidly growing and petroleum resources are declining. A fundamental shift in energy consumption is creating new market opportunities.
Human beings have a natural desire to learn more, to figure out things we don’t understand, and to explore the unknown. Pushing the boundaries of our scientific and technical knowledge enables us to create new technologies and products.
By improving our understanding of how the nervous system works, we make it possible to improve sensation, cognition, and mobility. This knowledge in the fields of bioengineering and neuroscience creates new solutions and markets.
Today’s buildings must satisfy a wide range of criteria. These include improved living comfort, the efficient operation of building systems, and a reduction in energy consumption and operating costs.