Missions & team

Our team | Our missions | A few statistics

Our team

Dr. Mélanie Bosson


Co-Director | Doctorate and Institutional Policy for Early Career Researchers


PhD in Educational Sciences (University of Geneva)

Implementation of the transversal program of competency development at CUSO and the UNIL Graduate Campus


Responsible for the support of doctoral researchers (workshops for doctoral researchers and their supervisors, individual advice, annual thesis survey) and for the policies regarding the relève scientifique (Commission de la Relève Scientifique, doctoral programs, rules & regulations). 

melanie.bosson@unil.ch | +41 21 692 21 31

Dr. Verity Elston


Co-Director | Professional and Career Development


PhD in Anthropology (University of Chicago)

Professional experience in various fields and employment sectors, including entrepreneurship, start-ups and research institutes

Certified as a coach and trainer


Responsible for the professional and career development of researchers (workshops, individual counselling), annual career tracking survey, contact with alumni and employers, and advice for the UNIL Rectorate. 

verity.elston@unil.ch | +41 21 692 20 09

Dr. Pauline Fritsch


Deputy | Doctorate and Institutional Policy for Early Career Researchers


PhD in Biology (University of Fribourg)

Coordinator of doctoral programs in biology and of a continuing education program at the University of Neuchâtel for two years (2020-2022). 


Support for doctoral researchers (workshops, individual advice, annual thesis survey) and coordination of the doctoral network within the faculties, the Commission de la Relève Scientifique and the PhD Admission Committee 

pauline.fritsch@unil.ch | +41 21 692 21 29

Dr. Martine Schaer


Deputy | Professional and Career Development


PhD in Social Sciences (University of Neuchâtel) 

Research on the trajectories of academic researchers at the beginning of their careers, and the impact of mobility and gender mechanisms on their professional and personal lives


Support for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers on career and professional development issues (workshops and individual counselling), career tracking survey on the professional paths of UNIL PhDs

martine.schaer@unil.ch | +41 21 692 21 66

Dr. Shervine Nafissi


Communications Manager


PhD in Sports Law (University of Lausanne) 

Professional experience as a sports lawyer and lecturer (UNIL, HEIG-VD) 

Freelance photographer  


Promotion of Graduate Campus activities among doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, faculties and UNIL services

shervine.nafissi@unil.ch | +41 21 692 23 52

Véronique Longchamp


Graduate Campus Coordinator


Diploma in Commercial Studies and Executive Assistance

Implementation of the funding scheme Mobi.Doc 


Coordination of the Graduate Campus programme of workshops and management of the registration platform.

veronique.longchamp@unil.ch | +41 21 692 20 80

Our missions

The mission of the Graduate Campus is to inform and support every doctoral and postdoctoral researcher, as well as their supervisors. This includes people based at the CHUV, Unisanté or any other UNIL partner institution. 

The Graduate Campus is also a privileged point of contact, offering individual support throughout your time at UNIL. Whether you have doubts about the progress of your doctoral or postdoctoral project, difficulties with supervision, or concerns about your professional direction, the Graduate Campus team is here to listen and advise you. 

While your scientific and disciplinary training is managed by your Faculty, the Graduate Campus focuses, through individual consultations and workshops, on the transversal skills and common aspects of a doctoral or postdoctoral experience. In its work with UNIL faculties and services, the Graduate Campus facilitates the exchange of ideas and good practice between different scientific cultures. 

The aim of the Graduate Campus is to ensure that all doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, whatever their career goals, feel well integrated and supported during their stay at UNIL, well prepared for the next stage of their professional life, and valued by future employers. 


A few statistics

Our target group is composed of the 2189 PhD researchers enroled in one of the 29 PhD specialties at UNIL, and also of the 450 postdoctoral researchers (PhD holders currently employed on a non-permanent position).

We also reach out to the people supervising this group (professors, PI, senior researchers), and the administrative staff in charge of PhD programs, HR, and faculty deans.

This holistic approach aims at ensuring the best possible experience and research atmosphere, for everyone.


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Graduate Campus

Bâtiment Unicentre, Bureau 341
Université de Lausanne
1015 Lausanne

+41 21 692 21 29

Unicentre  -  CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 21 29
Fax +41 21 692 20 15