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

onclusion, in accordance with EPFL's rules concerning academic freedom. It will go by the name LODH Chair for Future Generations.

"This Chair will allows us to fulfil our objectives of bringing added value to the new knowledge created in our laboratories and of bringing these results to bear on the major challenges of our time," said Patrick Aebischer.

"Solving the climate crisis will require the efforts of business, finance, governments and individuals, but it is clear that the academic world, and the leading edge research that it produces, will be crucial to the development of a sustainable society," notes David Blood, CEO of Generation.

The new Chair will draw upon the extensive environmental science and engineering proficiency at EPFL and elsewhere in Switzerland. With its diversity of climate zones and topography, and the high quality of its scientific infrastructure and expertise, Switzerland is becoming increasingly visible as an ideal place in which to conduct environmental research.

The LODH Chair for Future Generations will also collaborate with the numerous international institutions in the Lake Geneva area to establish ties between scientific data, large-scale climate predictions, and societal evolution. In particular, these issues will be studied using quantitative models, complementing approaches in the social sciences and humanities. In this way the Chair will bring an original contribution to the vast question of sustainable development, an issue that is rooted in the relationship between humans and their environment.

Indeed, Al Gore and David Blood, co-founders of Generation, were present at the Research Day conference in Lausanne in an effort to raise awareness of the connections between human activity and the environment.

As Al Gore reminds us, the climate crisis is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a high
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Contact: Nicolas Henchoz
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