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Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year from CODEV!


Dear reader,

2017 was another exciting year for CODEV!

Master Course in Development Engineering

The EPFL recognizes social responsibility as a priority. The CODEV, in partnership with UC Berkeley is breaking new ground and now offering courses in Development Engineering.The key goal of this emerging scientific field is to turn technological innovation into social impact.

Humanitarian Tech Hub

Born of a partnership between EPFL and the CIRC, the Humanitarian Tech Hub develops innovative solutions for humanitarian action. Ongoing projects include the development of a prosthetic foot, research on alternative water treatment in areas affected by armed conflict, and ICTs for humanitarian action.

EssentialTech Programme

Our EssentialTech School program has received the support of the new Swiss Data Science Center for an artificial intelligence project in collaboration with the CHUV and Terre des Hommes. The project to develop protective clothing against emerging viral diseases like Ebola has already resulted in a prototype in close collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières, the University of Geneva and several partners within the framework of a Eureka project.

And last but not least…

UNESCO Tech4Dev International Conference

We have the great pleasure to invite you to the keynote address by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs on 27th of June 2018 at the occasion of our next Technologies for Development Conference at EPFL. The conference is a unique multidisciplinary platform for technological innovation bringing together over 500 participants from 70 countries.

We wish you a relaxing and inspiring holiday season and are looking forward to seeing you in June 2018!

Your CODEV team

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International Conference "Voices of the Global South" 27-29 June 2018

— Are you interested in the development of innovative technology solutions to advance inclusive social and economic development in the Global South?


The Humanitarian Tech Hub

— In 2016, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the EPFL launched a joint research and development program: the Humanitarian Tech Hub. As part of this collaboration, an ambitious project, called Agilis, aiming to develop an affordable dynamic prosthetic foot has made promising progress. Gregory Huot (GH), the EPFL engineer in charge of the project Agilis and Dikolela Kalubi (DK), the ICRC engineer in charge of the partnership between ICRC & EPFL tell us more about it


Science and technology aimed at the SDGs

— The UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development at EPFL joins efforts to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


Digital education for cooperation and development

— On 1st May 2017, the MOOCs Africa Programme became part of EPFL’s Cooperation and Development Center (CODEV). MOOCS Africa will thus benefit from the expertise and know-how of a Center that possesses extensive experience in cooperation and development with emerging countries, while contributing its own competences in the development of digital education.


News from project H2Ospital - Safe water for health care facilities

— The Assessments of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructures and -needs in selected District Hospitals in rural Tanzania and in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam has started this summer.


EPFL successfully concludes its Leading House activities

— Switzerland expanded its cooperation in education, research and innovation with India and Brazil during the last 12 years.


Congratulation to Marija Cvetinovic for her PhD thesis!

— Marija’s thesis on "Urban Development Processes. Methodological Investigation into the Complexity and Dynamics of Post-socialist Cities: Case Study of Savamala Neighbourhood in Belgrade, Serbia " under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Claude Bolay was accepted and we are very proud of her!


The ISCB Story (1974 to 2017)

— The foundation of the Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology was laid by two enthusiastic scientists with a keen interest in biotechnological research in 1974: the Swiss Professor Armin Fiechter, founder of the at that time new institute of biotechnology at the ETH Zurich and the Indian Professor TK Ghosh, Professor of the Biochemical Engineering Research Centre, at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi (IITD).

Author: Corinne Waridel
Source: Cooperation