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Created in 2018, the UNIL-EPFL dhCenter is an interdisciplinary research platform set up between the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland, to facilitate collaboration between researchers working on the multiple dimensions of the digital transformation and dataification of the world we live in.

We are developing digital studies across domains in the arts, humanities and social sciences, fostering an energetic and interdisciplinary community of practice of nearly 80 researchers across our two institutions.

Our mission is to stimulate disciplinary innovation by providing resources for scientific engagement; to contribute to the definition of public policies by engaging with local and global discussions on the intended and unintended consequences of technology; and to reach out to new audiences in the arts, humanities and social sciences to preserve our cultural heritage and advance our democracy.

Because we bridge institutions, disciplines and domains, we encourage all forms of inquiry, methods and technologies that will advance knowledge in its many forms, for science and for society.

“The history of science has been a long road, marked by several revolutions. That of digital technology invites us to encourage humanities researchers and engineers to converge. Achieving this is the true challenge at the heart of the dhCenter that we inaugurate today.”

– Cesla Amarelle, head of the Canton of Vaud’s Department of Education, Youth and Culture at the dhCenter inauguration, October 31st, 2019

“I think that life is richer than just technology, richer than just searching things on Google, richer than just thinking about cyber security. Humanities is more than just the digital. Perhaps it is within the digital humanities that the social and human sciences, natural sciences, and engineering will be brought together.”

–  EPFL President Martin Vetterli at the dhCenter inauguration, October 31st, 2019

“The digital revolution is a paradigm shift in the production of science — a transformation equivalent to the invention of printing in Renaissance Europe — that offers us the possibility to create new knowledge, and to disseminate it in a spirit of humanism and sharing.” 

– dhCenter Executive Director Charlotte Mazel-Cabasse at the dhCenter inauguration, October 31st, 2019