Organization

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Since its foundation in 2009, the LABEX has considerably grown. This growth applies both to its physical infrastructure, rising from one lab in 2009 to eight labs in 2018, as well as to the number of experiments per year, rising from less than ten experiments per year in 2009 to 123 experiments in 2021.  

Not surprisingly, this significant increase in experiments and laboratories has also had in important impact on the organizational structure of the LABEX. In 2009, the LABEX was purely auto-administrated by professors and PhD students. Due to the increasing workload and the growing complexity of experiments, it was indispensable to create a LABEX Coordinator a LABEX Admin and a LABEX Technician position. Currently, the LABEX has two and a half full-time staff members as well as several student assistants.

Today, the LABEX consists of the following organs:

  1. The LABEX Administration, which includes the LABEX Coordination team (including Anina Eggenberger and Daniella Seguel) and the LABEX IT team (including Stéphane Billeter and Maxime Peeters). The two LABEX teams handle the organizational, methodological, and technical day-to-day business of the laboratory, create communication material, update processes, and support the researchers in every aspect of their various projects.

  2. The LABEX Executive Team, comprising Professor Adrian Bruhin and Professor Charles Efferson. They are responsible for the supervision of activities and strategic decisions regarding the LABEX.

  3. The LABEX Board, made up of one professor per experiment type, the administrative staff involved in the LABEX processes, as well as a member of the Dean’s office, namely Vice-Dean Christian Zehnder. The goal of the LABEX Board is to enhance the communication and information flow between the different stakeholders and giving the Dean’s office a regular insight into the LABEX’s activities.

 

Related services:

  1. The HEC Lausanne Ethics Committee is composed by Professors Franciska Krings, Ulrich Hoffrage, Kévin Huguenin and Rustamdjan Hakimov. Their mission consists of examining experimental protocols and procedures in light of ethical considerations. According to the Directive du Décanat No. 3, all studies conducted by a researcher from HEC Lausanne involving human participation have to get prior approval from the Ethics Committee. Since the foundation of the LABEX in 2009, the Ethics Committee has examined over 470 ethical requests.

  2. The HEC Lausanne Financial Services (headed by Nicolas Gustincic) approve the budgets for experiments, make the funds available to the researchers, keep track of the payments made, and close the experiment’s budget.

 

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