Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (GSE)

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Faculty of Geosciences and Environment
Faculty of Geosciences and Environment
University of Lausanne
UNIL - Mouline
Géopolis - office 4608
CH-1015 Lausanne
Information - Secretary of Dean>
Phone: ++41 (0)21 692 3500
E-mail: Lise.Reymond@unil.ch
Information - Academic affairs
Phone: ++41 (0)21 692 3503
E-mail: Magali.Petermann-Glaus@unil.ch
Description, aims and objectives

The environment and its relations with society are at the heart of research and teaching in the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment. This broad subject area is examined through a disciplinary approach (geology, geography) and an interdisciplinary approach (environmental sciences, environmental humnaities, sustainability) at the interface of natural, human and social sciences. The Institute of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics analyse and model historic and recent processes testifying to physical, chemical and biological changes on our planet linked to natural and anthropogenic factors. The Institute of Geography and Durability are interested in the organisation of space, ecological thought, relations between society and the environment, and the sustainability of our ways of life.

Taking into account the complexity, plurality and diversity of geo-environmental challenges, educational programmes at the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment are based on fundamental sciences (mathematics, natural sciences, and human and social sciences) and their reconfiguration, combination and application in the real world. In addition, they find expression in different terrains, including Alpine and urban environments, not only in Switzerland, but also in Europe and elsewhere. After completing a core programme of multidisciplinary courses, students in geosciences and environment can specialise in a number of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields.


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The Faculty’s Major Assets...

> solid basic multidisciplinary training at the interface of natural, human and social sciences

> teaching and research subjects with a strong connection to current environmental and societal issues, including climate change, urbanisation, etc

> wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary specialisations

> emphasis on practical work, field trips, terrains, etc

> teachers participating in internationally renowned research

> laboratories containing cutting-edge equipment

> close collaboration with national partners, particularly the Universities of Geneva and Neuchâtel, and others at an international level

> involvement in different doctoral schools of the Conference of Western Switzerland’s Universities (CUSO)