Our meeting this year, generously hosted by the University of Lausanne, is the first opportunity since 2019 for WUN members to connect in-person. After three years of collaborating remotely, this meeting is especially significant.
Beyond providing an opportunity to review WUN’s collaborative initiatives in research and education, meeting sessions will include a Presidents Forum in which invited speakers will explore how a network of universities like WUN can address the research challenges of inequality, with a focus on three areas: public health, climate change and human mobility, and higher education.
We look forward to welcoming everyone, especially representatives from the five universities who have joined the network since our last meeting in Dublin.
Professor Peter Lennie
Executive Director, WUN
It is with great pleasure that the University of Lausanne will host the WUN AGM 2022. Our motto – le Savoir vivant – Living Knowledge in English, illustrates the importance we place on research and our vision of knowledge in perpetual motion.
Located in a dynamic region of Switzerland, our campus enjoys a peaceful environment of lush greenery along the beautiful lakefront. As a new member of the network, hosting the AGM is a wonderful opportunity for us to share with you this unique setting conducive to research-oriented discussions and new ideas.
I look forward to welcoming you to Lausanne and hope that this AGM will be an excellent platform not only to review existing partnerships, but also to initiate new interdisciplinary research collaborations and design possible steps towards innovative solutions to the major global challenges we face.
Professor Frédéric Herman
Rector, University of Lausanne
Lausanne: just one of many towns? Its scenery, its history and its inhabitants have made it a place with a charm of its own. The fourth biggest city in Switzerland – and Olympic Capital of the world – is distinguished by the unique atmosphere of the site it occupies. Its undulating contours afford residents and visitors spectacular glimpses over Lake Geneva and the Alps. The wealth of its cultural life is exceptional, while its modest size keeps it on an eminently human scale.
A bastion of training and research, its campuses have built a solid reputation all over the globe. A leisurely stroll is enough to discover stunning parks and gardens, bustling shopping districts and a fine architectural heritage. To discover Lausanne is to know the quality of life that makes it such a unique city.
University of Lausanne
The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 17,000 students and 4,600 research, teaching and technical staff from close to 130 nationalities benefit from an international atmosphere on the shores of Lake Geneva.
The main campus is located in the green surroundings of Dorigny, a few minutes away from the city centre of Lausanne, the capital of the Canton de Vaud, situated in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
Its research activities focus on three main themes: humanities and social sciences, life sciences (biology and medicine), and environmental sciences.
UNIL lays great store by the quality and innovation of its teaching. This is characterised by a highly interdisciplinary approach which is even reflected in the organisation of its faculties.