Field Trip


5 July

06:45 to 20:30 (back in Lausanne)


A journey into the heart of neurosciences, from fundamental research to effective applications

Meeting point: Parking Lausanne Bellerive at 06:45 (bus leaves at 07:00)

Transport: by bus

Number of participants: 30

Registration fee: CHF 17 (includes transport)

Organizer: Campus Biotech

Sponsor: The Bertarelli Foundation

Contact: Cristina Garcia (cristina.garcfdez@gmail.com)


This trip brings you to the heart of Campus Biotech, the life sciences hub for the Lake Geneva region.

Discover how scientists invented spinal cord implants that allow paralysed patients to walk again (laboratory of Prof. Grégoire Courtine, EPFL). Explore implantable brain-computer interfaces that can monitor the brain, control robotic arms, or even reactivate paralysed limbs, through thought alone (Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering). Get into a neurofeedback demonstrator to understand how functional magnetic resonance imaging and neurofeedback are combined to shape brain activity (laboratory of Prof. Dimitri Van De Ville, EPFL and University of Geneva). Watch the Blue Brain Project (Prof. Henry Markram) present their advances in digitally reconstructing and simulating the mouse brain, using their collaborative display wall in a cave-like immersive environment. Learn how the 10-year EU FET Flagship Human Brain Project is changing the course of neuroscience research by building a research infrastructure to power a new era in computational-based research. In cutting edge labs, discuss the latest advances in experimental neurosciences in both affective and cognitive domains (presentations by Prof. Daphne Bavelier, University of Geneva, and Prof. David Rudrauf, Swiss Center For Affective Sciences, University of Geneva).

For lunch, the participants will be invited to join the participants of the 2019 Bertarelli Neuroscience Symposium, curated this year by Prof. Stéphanie Lacour (Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Neuroprosthetic Technology, EPFL). This annual meeting provides updates on collaborative projects from leading global research teams in neurosciences, mainly at EPFL and Harvard Medical School (HMS), including keynotes by Tobias Moser (University Medical Center Goettingen) and Tim Denison (Oxford University). Following the Symposium, journalists will also have the opportunity to meet key researchers and professors for face-to-face interviews.

To wrap up the day, participants on the various Geneva field trips will be treated to a closing cocktail party at  Campus Biotech.




07:00 Departure from Lausanne

08:00 Arrival on site. Check-in formalities. Division in 9 groups with a guide determined in advance and distribution of the welcome kit. Coffee & Croissants at Campus Biotech reception

08:30 Start of Campus Biotech visits

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Registration to the Bertarelli Neuroscience Symposium 2019 & personalized interviews with Campus Biotech researchers and professors

18:00 Start of the Closure Cocktail Party with the journalists of all various the Geneva Field Trips 

18:45 Start of the artistic performance

19:30 End of the visit. Departure to Lausanne.