Lausanne HQ

The Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire is based in Lausanne, Switzerland on the EPFL campus.

Since April 2008 the CECAM Headquarters are hosted by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).

CECAM is embedded in a rich scientific environment, and benefits from frequent interaction with many research groups especially at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, the Mathematics Institute of Computational Science and Engineering, the Interfaculty Institute of Bioengineering and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.


Professor Andrea Cavalli

Tel.: +41 21 693 64 22

Deputy Director

Dr. Sara Bonella

Tel.: +41 21 693 19 79

IT Support

Roberto Bendinelli

Software developer

Davide Grassano

AV and IT Systems

Dr. Bogdan Alexandru Nichita

Tel.: +41 21 693 19 84

HPC Research Software Engineer

Alan O'Cais

Events and Communication Manager

Aude Merola-Faillétaz

Tel.: +41 21 693 19 73

Events Assistant

Carole Albonico-Duboux

Tel.: +41 21 693 19 73


Nathalie Carminati

Tel.: +41 21 693 19 72


Elodie Schneider

Tel.: +41 21 693 15 47

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Practical Information


There are many great restaurants in Lausanne from formal to laidback, Italian to Asian. Plenty of places that will cater to your taste and budget. You can check out this guide for more information.


Upon arrival at your hotel they will give you a free public transport pass for the period of your stay, this pass can be used to come to the CECAM and be used on buses and metros M1, M2. Public transport in Lausanne and Switzerland is excellent. You can access the public transport map of Lausanne here.

Laser pointers

Switzerland introduced a ban on the import, possession and use of laser pointers on Swiss soil, with the exception of Class 1 laser pointers, which are authorized for use in making presentations. Laser pointers are available in CECAM-HQ, we therefore encourage speakers not to travel with their own pointer.

General information

In Switzerland all the shops and many restaurants are closed on Sundays. There is a small coop (supermarket) and a pharmacy open all day at the Lausanne and Geneva train station (this option is expensive).

Most restaurants are closed on a Sunday nights in Lausanne so if you are arriving late check with your hotel if they can cater or advise on an open restaurant near by.

Food shops (Coop and Migros) are open on from ~08h30 to 19h00.

Loud noise is strongly discouraged between 22:00 (10:00pm) and 07:00am.

As in most large cities, you need to be aware of pick-pockets on the public transport, keep your bags close to you at all times whether on the metro, bus, restaurant or even on the campus.

Cashpoints or ATM are called bancomat in Switzerland.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get to CECAM Headquarters at EPFL in Lausanne?

EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) is located on the west of the city. To come to CECAM from either Lausanne or Renens CFF railway station, the easiest way is to take the Metro M1 and exit at the stop ‘UNIL-Sorge‘.

How do I get to Lausanne from the Geneva/Cointrin International Airport (GVA)?

Lausanne is 60km far from the airport. The Geneva CFF Airport railway station has direct access to the airport check-in and arrival levels and there are direct rail links to Lausanne. The single fare is about 27 CHF (app. 25€)                

Check here for the timetable to/from Geneva airport – Lausanne

How do I get to EPFL from Lausanne CFF railway station?

(i) Take the metro M2 towards Croisettes and then exit at “Lausanne Flon” (the first stop after “Lausanne Gare”).
(ii) From ‘Lausanne Flon’, take the metro M1 towards ‘Renens CFF’ and exit at stop UNIL-Sorge.
Metro M1 : Timetable
Metro M2 : Timetable

How do I get to EPFL from Renens CFF railway station?

You may choose to stop at Renens CFF station. Form there, take the metro towards ‘Lausanne Flon’ and exit at stop UNIL-Sorge. Metro M1 : Timetable

How do I get to CECAM from UNIL-Sorge metro station?

You can access this campus map to see how to access the CECAM building. You can find here the CECAM mark on Google maps.

Does CECAM offer child care services?

CECAM wishes to support a parent with a young child attending a CECAM workshop or school. CECAM recognises that some support for child care at its meetings is an allowable expense.

The following rules apply:

An additional per diem of 50CHF is paid to the babysitter who takes care of a child coming with a parent to attend a CECAM meeting in Switzerland (Lausanne, Zurich, Lugano). The parent should be an invited attendee at the workshop or school. The parent should not be employed at EPFL (ETHZ, or USI).
The babysitter should not be attending the meeting.
The child should be no younger that 8 weeks and no older than 18 months at the beginning of the meeting.
CECAM does not take responsibility for finding child care, this is the responsibility of the parent. CECAM would welcome a family member or friend travelling with the attending parent to look after the child during the meeting.

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Organisational Guidelines

If you cannot see the PDF document, click here to download it
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Research at HQ



Federica Angiolari

Doctoral assistant

Taylor James Baird

Doctoral assistant

Jérémie Marc Bertrand

Doctoral assistant

Alessia Ghidini


Jurij Sablic

Doctoral assistant

Edrick Solís González

Doctoral assistant

Federica Troni