Climate change is drastically affecting the world’s ecosystems and human societies. The frequency of extreme weather events such as floods or droughts is increasing, putting a strain on infrastructure, and causing many casualties. On a global level, rising sea levels, new pandemics and increasing desertification can be clearly linked to climate change.

But all is not lost, on the contrary. There is still time to adapt to climate change and limit its extreme effects by committing ourselves globally to keep the increase in temperature below +2°C, or better +1.5°C. To achieve this, we must rapidly and permanently move away from fossil fuels.

We need to massively finance renewable energy, including solar, geothermal and wind. We must capture and sequester emissions that cannot be eliminated, eat more fresh products and less meat, use trains instead of planes, and bicycles instead of cars. Finally, we must review our unrealistic economic and financial growth targets, considering planetary limits.

                                                                - Nicolas Tetreault, executive director CLIMACT 

CLIMACT (Climate Impact and Action Centre), through its community and activities, is committed to an equitable, inclusive and sustainable society focused on collective well-being.  

Affiliated to UNIL (University of Lausanne) and EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne), CLIMACT officially launched its activities in June 2021. The research centre is directed by Prof. Julia Steinberger and Prof. Michael Lehning (academic co-directors) and Dr Nicolas Tétreault (executive director). The centre encourages all UNIL and EPFL faculties to contribute to the fight against climate change and its impacts. It responds to the need not only to consolidate research and innovation activities related to climate change, but also to give visibility to climate action.

News & Articles

Inform about climate issues, explain the most recent scientific discoveries, dialogue with Swiss experts, highlight solutions for a sustainable transformation of our society.

CLIMACT partners with the EPFL CDH Artist-in-Residence Programme
Arts
2022

CLIMACT partners with the EPFL CDH Artist-in-Residence Programme

The three things you should know about the Call 2023 “Enter the Hyper-Scientific”

Posted on Sep 6, 2022
CLIMACT presents its third season of seminars “A Climate of Transformation”
CLIMACT seminar series

CLIMACT presents its third season of seminars “A Climate of Transformation”

Proposing solutions to transform our societies to mitigate climate change and adapt to its consequences

Posted on Sep 1, 2022
What are the challenges and the climatic particularities in the mountains?
Hydro-climatology
CLIMACT seminar series
Modelling
Weather

What are the challenges and the climatic particularities in the mountains?

Dr. Judith Eeckman analyses the climate variability in the Alps and the Himalayas.

Posted on Aug 25, 2022

Events

Designed to help find high-impact, interdisciplinary solutions through direct dialogue with key actors engaged in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

2022
Atmospheric sciences

Atmospheric Science Day 2022

Date

Nov 10, 2022

Time

08:00 - 16:30

Venue

Starling Hotel, EPFL campus

IPCC
Extreme events
CLIMACT seminar series

3rd CLIMACT Seminar Series - Episode #1

To launch the first seminar of the season, CLIMACT is welcoming Sonia Seneviratne, Prof. at ETHZ and coordinating lead author of the 6th assessment report of the IPCC (2018-2021).

Date

Oct 3, 2022

Time

09:00 - 10:15

Venue

Amphipôle 340.1, UNIL campus

Politics

Rencontre participative avec les politiques

CLIMACT organises its first “Rencontre participative” with politicians, in collaboration with the Competence Center in Sustainability (CCD). It will be a dedicated moment for UNIL and EPFL scientists and politicians from the French-speaking part of Switzerland to meet and discuss how to improve the...

Date

Oct 6, 2022

Time

15:00 - 18:00

Venue

Lausanne Palace, Lausanne

Our Projects

Promoting concrete actions based on interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research as well as on a systemic approach to address the social, scientific, and technological challenges associated with climate change.

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