Alumnil Webinars

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Alumnil Webinars

The Graduate Campus regularly organizes webinars with the Alumni Office, as well as various UNIL services and faculties. These webinars are for the doctoral and postdoctoral researchers at UNIL and CHUV, and for the PhD alumni community. 

The webinars are organized around specific themes in an interactive format, with speakers invited from the UNIL PhD alumni community. After a brief presentation of the speakers, the audience is divided into small groups so that they can have the chance to exchange and ask their questions directly with each of the speakers.

The Graduate Campus is also happy to work with UNIL departments, faculties and associations to organise a webinar together on a topic related to the doctorate, postdoctoral research, and especially careers with a doctorate.

Upcoming webinars

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Previous Webinars

Career in the Public Service

November 2022

An online event dedicated to the topic of careers in the public service after a PhD in the Humanities and Social Sciences, co-organised by the Graduate Campus, the Alumni Office and the Association du corps intermédiaire de la Faculté des Lettres (ACIL)

It was an opportunity for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from UNIL to answer the following questions:

  • Are you a doctoral or a postdoctoral researcher wondering whether a career beyond academic research is for you?
  • Would you like to know more about the challenges and opportunities of a career in public service?
  • Are you curious about how to make the transition from the academic world to a new professional environment?

Two PhDs from the Humanities and one from the Social Sciences talked about their experience in public service and exchanged with doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from UNIL who were unsure about applying for a post outside of academic research and teaching.


Astrid Ruffa

Patrice Soom

Fabien Desponds

Entrepreneurship for PhD and postdoc researchers

November 2021


To better understand the challenges and the opportunities of entrepreneurship after the doctorate or postdoc. Two PhDs from FGSE and an MER from the FBM - today entrepreneurs - share their experience. Each one is at a different stage: preparation for departure, taking off, and in full flight.




David Theler (FGSE 2010)

David Theler set up his own company in 2012, two years after obtaining his PhD. Géau environnements specialises in water-related issues in terms of quality, resource management, environmental impacts and hazard analysis


Jardena Puder (FBM)

Assistant physician at the CHUV and MER and Professor at UNIL, Professor Jardena Puder, together with her partners, is setting up her project, DIA4U, which specialises in training trainers to improve diabetes knowledge and care in developing countries.


Alex Bandini Maeder (FGSE 2010)

In 2018, he and Roxane Bandini-Maeder, also an FGSE graduate, co-founded their own company, Geoneon. Today, Geoneon provides solutions that anticipate and mitigate the risks associated with natural disasters.


Webinar co-organised by the Graduate Campus, HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Alumnil Office


June 2021

Better understand the role of networking in the development of a career path, whether academic or beyond academia.


Alexandre Afonso (SSP, 2010)

Alexandre Afonso is an Associate Professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD in political science from the University of Lausanne in 2010. He is currently writing a book on the welfare state and immigration policy under contract with Oxford University Press.

Nicole A. Mathys (HEC, 2007)

Nicole Mathys is head of the Bases section at the Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE since 2013. She obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Lausanne in 2007.

Joël da Palma (FBM, 2015)

Trained as a marine biologist, Joël da Palma is currently working as a healthcare consultant in innovation, helping companies get the most out of their products and technologies.  He obtained his PhD in Life Sciences from the University of Lausanne in 2015.

Webinar co-organised by the Graduate Campus and the Alumni Office from UNIL. 

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