Technology and Innovation
The region is known as a first-class European hub of technology and innovation. Its research centres and technology parks attract many international specialists. It is to be noted that in Switzerland, 3.5% of GDB is dedicated to activities linked to research and development.
- 2015 Euclid Consortium, 700 participants
- 2019 Joint Symposium - Institute of Electronic and Electronics Engineers, 900 participants
- 2022 European Conference Composite Material, 1’400 participants
Health and life sciences
Considered as the “Health Valley” of Switzerland, the region is home to many renowned organisations that display state-of-the-art expertise. The Canton of Vaud’s University Hospital (CHUV), ranked amongst the 10 best in the world in 2019 according to the American magazine Newsweek in partnership with Statista Inc, plays a central role in medical research and education. For instance, its oncology department headed by Prof. Georges Coukos conducts research that is international in scope in partnership with AGORA, the new Cancer Research Cluster inaugurated in 2018. That structure brings together specialists from different institutions: Canton of Vaud’s University Hospital (CHUV), Lausanne University (UNIL), the Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Geneva University (UNIGE) and the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG). Their numerous and constant interactions will accelerate the development of new therapies and enable patients to benefit from them immediately.
- 2017 Conference on the International Ocular Inflammation Society, 780 participants
- 2017 Congress of the European Orthodontic Society, 2’000 participants
- 2019 European Drosophila Research Conference, 900 participants
The presence of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne emphasises the importance of sport for the region. Since its transfer here in 1914, 63 international sports organisations have moved to the shores of Lake Geneva. These are renowned academic and scientific institutions, associations and companies amongst the most highly performing in the world. Apart from its official title of Olympic Capital, Lausanne is also very active in the organisation of major sports events such as Athletissima, Gymnaestrada in 2011, the 2020 Youth Olympic Games, the 2020 Hockey World Championships and the Federal Gymnastics Meet in 2025, as well as numerous international sports conferences.
- 2011 World Gymnaestrada, 20’000 participants
- 2015 European Fencing Championship, 800 participants
- 2018 International University Sports Federation, 200 participants
With their wealth of exceptional cultural heritage, Lausanne and Montreux benefit from an aura that reaches beyond regional borders. Whether in the area of music, cinema or gastronomy, the Canton of Vaud bears comparison with the world’s major capitals. Many large annual events have chosen the shores of Lake Geneva, in the vicinity of Chillon Castle – Switzerland’s most visited historic monument – as their home, such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the archives of which are listed as UNESCO world cultural heritage, the Montreux Comedy or Polymanga.
Amongst the twenty or so Lausanne museums, fine arts, photography, contemporary design and applied arts are newly showcased in a leading-edge urban space at the heart of the Vaud capital. The internationally recognised Ballet Béjart Lausanne and the Grand Prix de Lausanne demonstrate other aspects of living arts in these lands. Let’s not forget that the Town of Lausanne has been chosen as a “Great Wine Capital” in 2018, with the vineyards of Lavaux – listed as UNESCO world heritage since 2007 – as a flagship.
- 2010 Francophone Summit, 3’000 participants
- 2017 Lions Europa Forum, 1’200 participants
- 2019 Congress of the International Film Archives Federation, 400 participants
Environment and energy
The issues linked to sustainable development and energy are a challenge that every society must take into consideration from now on. Lausanne was awarded the Energy City label in 1996 and was the first European town to obtain the GOLD European Energy Award® in 2004. For over twenty years, it has been pursuing an energy policy focused on the rational use of energy and the development of renewables: hydraulic, photovoltaic solar, wind, biomass and geothermic power. The Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and the Vaud Business and Engineering University of Applied Sciences (HEIG-VD) have developed curricula that notably train recognised specialists.
- 2016 13e IEA Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, 1’600 participants
- 2016 Hydro 2016, 1’600 participants
- 2020 World Holstein Friesian Conference, 550 participants
Vaud academic and scientific activity is particularly intensive at Lausanne University (UNIL) in areas such as the arts, social and political sciences, business, sociology, psychology and theology, as well as law. Numerous international conferences are regularly delivered in all these fields. As a neutral country, Switzerland, and more specifically the Lausanne-Montreux region, has played a major part in the area of political and social sciences.
- 2014 Geneva II Conference on Syria, 900 participants
- 2018 27e Meeting of Population Approach Group in Europe, 650 participants
- 2019 11e World Conference of Science Journalism, 1’000 participants