At the spearhead of scientific research
The University of Lausanne comprises more than 140 teaching or research units working in fields as diverse as genomics, aesthetics of cinema, environmental law and criminalistics.
In institutes, laboratories and libraries, 2,700 researchers, including 500 professors, work every day on projects of national and international significance, thereby increasing the institution’s research capital. The UNIL seeks in particular to encourage a cross-disciplinary approach to research.
In the field of social sciences, the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "LIVES – Overcoming Vulnerability: life path perspective" involves close cooperation between researchers in the disciplines of psychology, sociology, social psychology, socioeconomics and demography attached to different institutions in Swiss universities. They examine how the economy and post-industrial society affect the development of situations of vulnerability through longitudinal and comparative studies.
The UNIL also promotes an interdisciplinary approach in tandem with the technical sciences. The SHS programme (Human and Social Sciences) of the EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne) and the (Sciences)2 programme of the UNIL are designed to converge at the level of doctoral studies and research.