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EPFL Research Day 2008, in the presence of Al Gore
Date:4/15/2008

This release is available in French.

As a continuation of their collaboration with Generation Investment Management, the private bankers Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie announce today the creation of a new chair at EPFL dedicated to sustainable development. The chair is a major effort to stimulate research and education between fundamental and social sciences in the environmental domain.

This evening Al Gore will speak to an audience of 1500 Research Day participants, before receiving a Doctor honoris causa from the hands of EPFL President Patrick Aebischer. Hundreds of students have been eagerly awaiting this conference, during which they will present their research, share project ideas, or gain inspiration from the latest results in other laboratories. This new generation of scientists concerned with environmental questions will also have the opportunity to hear from the President of the Swiss Confederation, Pascal Couchepin. But the announcement of the day comes from Thierry Lombard, with the creation of a Chair in sustainable development at EPFL. Lombard, Senior Partner at Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie, outlined the objectives of this new research and teaching position: "This Chair, which is part of an ongoing partnership between Generation Investment Management and Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie , will be headed by an exceptional young scientist, whose task will be the following: to establish a pertinent link between our understanding of environmental phenomena and human behavior in a way that will significantly influence the academic and scientific community. This new professor and his or her team will engage not only in original research but also in teaching activities aimed at students and decision-makers." The Chair's specific area of environmental interest will be announced once the candidate selection process has reached its c
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Contact: Nicolas Henchoz
nicolas.henchoz@epfl.ch
41-792-198-414
Ecole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne
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