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Scientific knowledge and practice

The LIVES Centre promotes dialogue between the academic world and society at large: politics, business, public institutions, associations, the media and the general public. Our researchers generate knowledge on the topic of vulnerabilities during the life course. In collaboration with public and private organizations, we put this knowledge into practice and support the development of innovative social policies based on scientific data.

Le savoir scientifique dans la pratique

We regularly organise forums and roundtables and invite researchers and specialists from the field to share valuable knowledge and experiences. An overview of these activities in the past is available on the following page. For more recent activities, please consult our agenda of public events.

The LIVES Centre regularly publishes policy briefs (LIVES Impact), as well as Social Change in Switzerland, a series that documents the evolution of Switzerland’s social structure for the general public. It produced in 2022-23 the LIVES Human Library with 16 podcasts on life course research and facilitates workshops in schools to discuss the potential of a life course approach with the younger generation.



Should you wish to establish links with life course research so as to organise an event, produce publications, find keynote speakers or launch any kind of initiative bridging social policy and the academic world, our team is at your disposal


Dr Laure Sandoz
Coordinatrice scientifique
Centre LIVES
Bâtiment Géopolis, bureau 5775
CH-1015 Lausanne



All LIVES Centre's publications (articles, reports, books, policy briefs).