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GHGT-13 Steering Committee

Steering Committee members are:

Lyesse Laloui École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Co-Chair)
Gunter Siddiqi Swiss Federal Office of Energy  (Co-Chair)
John Gale IEAGHG (Co-Chair)
Peter Jansohn Paul Scherrer Institute
Tony Kaiser Swiss Federal Energy Research Commission
Tim Dixon IEAGHG
Julianna Jammers SwissTech Convention Center
Christoph Müller ETH Zurich
Markus Wolf G.E.Power
Sian Twinning IEAGHG 


John Gale

John Gale

IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG) (Co-Chair)
Lyesse Laloui

Lyesse Laloui

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Co-Chair)
Gunter Siddiqi

Gunter Siddiqi

Swiss Federal Office of Energy (Co-Chair)
Peter Jansohn

Peter Jansohn

Paul Scherrer Institute
Tony Kaiser

Tony Kaiser

Swiss Federal Energy Research Commission
Tim Dixon

Tim Dixon

Christoph Müller

Christoph Müller

ETH Zurich
Julianne Jammers

Julianne Jammers

Swiss Tech Convention Center
Markus Wolf

Markus Wolf

Sian Twinning

Sian Twinning


GHGT-13 Venue

The SwissTech Convention Center

It is not a mere coincidence that the SwissTech Convention Center was built on a campus. The convention center, opened in April 2014, is situated on the north side of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, the EPFL, ranked among the best universities in the world. With over 10,000 students, numerous laboratories and multinationals, and dozens of startups, the SwissTech Convention Center was conceived as an exceptional place to meet and exchange ideas in the fields of science, culture and economy.

The SwissTech Convention Center has benefited from the expertise of the best engineers and architects of our time. The building is unique and innovative, boasts an exceptional modularity and complies with sustainable development standards.

A space that lives
Immediately adjacent to the center is a new shopping arcade with a wide variety of stores, as well as housing for 516 students and an underground parking. Direct links to the M1 metro and bus lines provide easy access to public transportation.

Earth, water, sun: a building built to last 
The EPFL has always had a strong commitment to sustainable development. With the construction of the SwissTech Convention Center, the EPFL has taken this commitment one step further, incorporating renewable energies in the most efficient way possible: water from Lake Geneva and geothermal pillars supporting the structure of the building are used for heating and cooling; and Grätzel photovoltaic panels on the western facade of the building simultaneously produce electricity and prevent the inside of the center from overheating.

The SwissTech Convention Center stands apart from other major convention centers thanks to its flexible capacity and variable number of conference rooms. The building’s design allows for the joining of two or three auditoriums into one; it also allows for variability in the number of seats in each space, which can be doubled in a matter of minutes. This modularity is based on two mechanisms: a system of sliding walls, and the Gala Venue technology.

Up to 3000 people
The SwissTech Convention Center adapts to your needs and allows you to envisage multiple configurations for your event. Gala Venue technology allows the customization of each space and the number of seats to the needs of each organizer. The technology is based on a system of motorized pivots, hidden below the floor, which automates the rotation of seats from below to above the plenary room floor. In a mere 15 minutes the configuration can be changed from theater-style where all seats are visible, to classroom-style where every second row of seats is hidden beneath the floor. With the Gala Venue system, it also possible to have a flat floor. In this case, all seats are hidden and the rows are all leveled to the same height.

Natural light abounds

The center’s shape and structure allow for harmonious event layouts and foster a welcoming atmosphere. Most importantly, the space features many glass panels allowing for a maximum of natural light to flow through the building on all levels. For the wellbeing of our guests, each space has an optimal level of light.

Many organisers, nationally and internationally are choosing and booking the SwissTech Convention Centrer since its opening. Because they want their productions to benefit from this exceptional tool in an exceptional situation, in French speaking Switzerland.

Host City - Lausanne

At only 45 minutes from Geneva-Cointrin international Airport (by rail or car), Lausanne is on the junction of a major highway and rail arteries. For example, every 30 minutes, trains depart for all of Switzerland’s major cities – with easy connections to more remote areas. Paris and Milan are 3h50 min. away by high-speed train, and are served 3 to 8 times a day.

LAUSANNE –  The award winning sustainable city 
The city embarked on its path to sustainability in the 1990s by ensuring that all local government services reflected a respect for the environment and the integration of nature into town planning. By 1996 the commune received the “City of Energy” label, and by 2001 was ranked 1st 60 competing communes. In 2004, Lausanne’s forward-thinking energy policy also enabled it to become the first city to be awarded the European Energy Award Gold, a title that it confirmed in 2009. The same environmentally responsible path has been followed by many private companies here, helping Lausanne forge its reputation as a city of today that cares passionately for tomorrow.

LAUSANNE, a landscape city
The city of Lausanne overlooks Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Western Europe, and faces the majestic splendor of the snow-capped Alps. It boasts a backdrop of scenic beauty that is truly breathtaking. Sweeping views of the turquoise expanse of the Lake Geneva, the Alps’ pristine magnificence and the whimsical play of clouds appear from each street corner, square and every window.

LAUSANNE, A human sized city
As home to a population of 130’000 and the hub of a metropolitan area of 250’00 (including 80’000 international residents) Lausanne boast business, cultural, sports and educational facilities that are remarkable for a city of its size. It is Switzerland’s fifth largest city, is located in the heart of western Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is the capital of the State of Vaud and, having been the seat of the International Olympic Committee since 1915, it was in 1994 designated Olympic Capital. It is also the headquarters of more than fifteen international sports federations.

LAUSANNE, Olympic capital & worldwide sports
The International Committee (IOC) and Lausanne’s history have been closely intertwined since the IOC settled in Lausanne in 1915. At its 100th anniversary in 1994, the IOC designated Lausanne the official Olympic Capital, a unique and prestigious title. In 1993, Lausanne inaugurated the Olympic Museum, a unique window on the world of sports. The dynamism of the IOC as well as the support of the federal, regional and local authorities enabled the settling of 50 international sport federations and organisations in Lausanne and surroundings. Today Lausanne is considered the worldwide capital of sports administration.

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How to get to Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne, Switzerland’s fifth largest city is located in the heart of western Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is the capital of the State of Vaud and, having been the seat of the International Olympic Committee since 1915; it was in 1994 designated Olympic Capital. It is also the headquarters of more than fifteen international sports federations.

Lausanne is situated at the crossroads of a major rail and road network. By airplane, Geneva is at an average of 2h00 of flight from major European cities. By train Geneva has every 30 min. a train for any major city in Switzerland.

Travel metric

By place 
From Geneva International Airport in 45 min. (by train or coach)    
From Zurich International Airport in 2h45 min. (by train). 

By train
Lausanne railroad station is a hub of The Swiss National Railway system and offers very convenient and efficient links to:

  • Bern, in 1h00
  • Brussels, in 6h30
  • Paris by TGV, in 3h40
  • Milan by Eurocity, in 2h30
Lausanne travel

By road
Lausanne is situated at a junction of The Swiss Highway system leading southward to Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal, northward and eastward to Paris, Germany, Eastern European countries and Scandinavia. 

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