About CLIMACT

CLIMACT (Center for Climate Action and Impact) is a joint center of EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne) and UNIL (University of Lausanne), designed to promote interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research and implement initiatives that address the social, scientific, and technological challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation. It responds to the need not only to consolidate research and innovation activities related to climate change, but also to give them visibility within the broader community.

History

CLIMACT officially launched its activities in June 2021. The centre's direction is shared between Dr. Nicolas Tetreault, executive director, and its two academic co-directors Professors Julia Steinberger from the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (FGSE) at UNIL and Michael Lehning from the Faculty of Natural, Architectural and Built Environment (ENAC) at EPFL. Since its creation, CLIMACT has directly funded seven projects, participated in countless others and its scientists have launched two major SWEET projects.

Mission

Through its rich community, cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, and high-impact actions, CLIMACT is committed to an equitable, inclusive and sustainable Swiss society focused on collective well-being.

The CLIMACT aims to show a positive path forward towards a sustainable and inclusive Swiss society by:

  • Strengthening and offering visibility to UNIL and EPFL researchers’ impact on mitigation and adaptation to climate change
  • Providing policymakers, public and private stakeholders as well as industry leaders with actionable information and demonstration projects
  • Promoting the integration of climate related teachings in non-specialised academic curricula and thus helping UNIL and EPFL to prepare the next generation of researchers and professionals to thrive in a sustainable and inclusive society
  • Developing a network of early-career researchers, the CLIMACT Scholars, to support them in their interdisciplinary research opportunities with a mentoring programme

Focus areas

Science

Fund joint UNIL and EPFL seed projects and serve as a launching platform for research consortiums while prioritising a systemic approach to climate change.

Society

Share EPFL and UNIL's research, projects and actions concerning climate change with the general public.

Knowledge

Train tomorrow's professionals and researchers by integrating the economic, social and technical aspects of sustainability into their curriculum.

Impact

Foster the emergence of high impact and innovative climate-solution projects.

Community

Strengthen the links between public and private, social and academic stakeholders involved in climate action.

Partners

The team behind CLIMACT

UNIL
Aïcha Besser

Communication specialist, CLIMACT

With a background in Political Sciences and a Bachelor in Marketing and Public Relations, Aïcha has been working in institutional communications, media relations and events for the last 15 years, among which 13 years for IMD Business School. Passionate about environmental questions, she joined CLIMACT as a communications specialist in August 2021.

UNIL
Isabelle Derivaz-Rabii

Administrative assistant, CLIMACT

Passionate about administration, organisation and human contacts, Isabelle worked for several years at the Bernoulli Interfaculty Centre where she discovered the multiple facets of academia before joining the CLIMACT team.

UNIL
Prof. Michael Lehning

Academic co-director CLIMACT, EPFL | WSL - ENAC

Michael (Michi) Lehning has been leading the CLIMACT development on the EPFL side and is a joint professor of cryospheric sciences and snow processes between EPFL and WSL (SLF Davos). He is an expert in snow-atmosphere interactions in extreme environments. More details can be found on the Laboratory of cryospheric sciences website or on Wikipedia.

UNIL
Mariam Mansori

Communication intern, CLIMACT

Passionate about digital communication, Mariam is completing a Bachelor's degree in communication and marketing in Lausanne. Curious, she wonders about environmental issues and more specifically about the future of the planet by asking herself what can be done on a small scale to avoid the catastrophe?

UNIL
Charmilie Nault

Project manager, CLIMACT

Following a Master in International and European law, Charmilie worked for different programmes dedicated to polar research. Being part of the CLIMACT team is a new way to actively support research dedicated to climate change.

UNIL
Prof. Julia Steinberger

Academic co-director CLIMACT, UNIL - FGSE

Julia Steinberger is Professor of Societal Challenges of Climate Change at the University of Lausanne. Her research examines the connections between resource use (energy and materials, greenhouse gas emissions) and societal performance (economic activity and human wellbeing).

UNIL
Dr Nicolas Tetreault

Executive director, CLIMACT

After 15 years of academic research at University of Toronto, Cambridge University and EPFL, Dr. Nicolas Tetreault joined Sofies SA in 2015 as senior consultant to help public and private entities reach their climate goals. Expert in climate strategy and planification, as well as in renewable energy, H2, green chemistry and CCUS in particular, Nicolas is the executive director of CLIMACT since June 2021.

Steering committee

Prof.
Prof. Claudia Binder

Dean , EPFL - ENAC

Prof.
Prof. Estelle Doudet

Vice-rector research, UNIL

Prof.
Prof. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral

Associate Vice President for Centers and Platforms, EPFL - STI

Prof.
Prof. Frédéric Herman

Recteur, UNIL - FGSE

Prof.
Prof. Michael Lehning

Academic co-director CLIMACT, EPFL | WSL - ENAC

Prof.
Prof. Niklas Linde

Dean FGSE, UNIL - FGSE

Dr
Dr Nelly Niwa

Director CCD, UNIL

Prof.
Prof. Mario Paolone

Academic director CEN, EPFL - STI

Prof.
Prof. Julia Steinberger

Academic co-director CLIMACT, UNIL - FGSE

Dr
Dr Nicolas Tetreault

Executive director, CLIMACT

Prof.
Prof. Martin Vetterli

President EPFL, EPFL - IC

Executive committee

Prof.
Prof. Rizlan Bernier-Latmani

EPFL - ENAC

Prof.
Prof. Fabrizio Butera

UNIL - FSSP IP

Prof.
Prof. Daniela Domeisen

UNIL - FGSE

Prof.
Prof. Corentin Fivet

EPFL - ENAC

Dr.
Dr. Augustin Fragnière

Directeur-adjoint du Centre de Compétences en Durabilité, UNIL | EPFL - CCD

Prof.
Prof. Samuel Jaccard

UNIL

Prof.
Prof. Michael Lehning

Academic co-director CLIMACT, EPFL | WSL - ENAC

Prof.
Prof. François Maréchal

EPFL - STI

Prof.
Prof. Athanasios Nenes

Head of Laboratory of Atmospheric Processes and their Impacts, EPFL - ENAC

Prof.
Prof. Nicolas Senn

UNIL - UNISANTE

Prof.
Prof. Julia Steinberger

Academic co-director CLIMACT, UNIL - FGSE

Dr
Dr Nicolas Tetreault

Executive director, CLIMACT

Prof.
Prof. Marie Violay

EPFL - ENAC

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