• Artificial intelligence: what is at stake for the university?
    I was recently amused by a seemingly light-hearted piece of information: a French doctoral student has created a web page on which you can enter a word and find out in return what your political orientation is.
  • Social innovation as a key factor for change
    "Les nouvelles sont mauvaises, d’où qu’elles viennent..." (The news is bad, wherever it comes from...) sang Stéphane Eicher thirty years ago. We have to admit that the situation has not changed much since then.
  • International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
    On this Tuesday 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, I would like to give here the floor to Professor Liliane Michalik, Vice-Rector of "Equality, Diversity and Careers"...
  • We are not on the right track at all!
    These are the words of Julia Steinberger, Professor of Societal Issues related to the Impact of Climate Change at the Institute of Geography and Sustainability of the Faculty of Geosciences...
  • Thoughts about the latest IPCC report
    Today the 3rd part of the 6th IPCC report is released. Like all the previous reports, the science tells us unequivocally that we are continuing in the wrong direction...


Created in February 2022, this blog aims to establish a direct communication channel between the Rector of the University of Lausanne Frédéric Herman, the community of the university and the City.


More personal, its content opens a window on the daily life of the Direction, its experience, its enthusiasms and concerns.

Current issues, personal favourites, personal concerns, the thinking developed here is to be understood above all as a subjective sharing of experiences likely to nourish exchanges, and as a constantly renewed invitation to discover new projects, personalities and angles of view.

A coffee with the Rector

You are a member of the UNIL community and you are interested in its future. Do you have questions or proposals for strengthening it ? The Rector is ready to discuss with you and answer your questions about UNIL's major projects and the future of its community. To this end, he invites the members of the UNIL community to a monthly "Café-échange" in his office at Unicentre.

12th January at 15:00
16th February at 15:00
2nd March at 15:00
6th April at 15:00
4th Mai at 15:00
8th June at 15:30
6th July at 15:00

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