Annual public visits

In order to show this unique infrastructure and to raise public awareness on lake sciences, we organize public visits frequently.

Available dates in 2022 will be on June 24, July 29, September 2, October 7 and December 2.

5 visits per date (9h00/9h45/10h30/11h15/12h00). Duration will be 45 minutes, limited to 5 participants per time slot – (registration is mandatory).

Please click on the registration link below and get ready to discover more on the platform LéXPLORE!

Registration form

March 2022: LéXPLORE workshop 

On 24th March 2022, the second LéXPLORE workshop took place at EPFL with over 50 researchers. After postponing two workshops due to the COVID-19, it was a great opportunity to learn more about 21 ongoing projects, through presentations and dynamic 3 min poster pitches. The poster session was also a success, and allowed fruitful discussions among the researchers.

The workshop also showed an exhibition of the pictures from the researches. The participants voted for the best pictures, selecting three pictures awarded for the category platform/instrumentation and people at work. The images taken during the workshop reflect the collaborative atmosphere.

Overall, this workshop was a wonderful time for networking, and provided an inspiring overview of the diverse research programs on the LéXPLORE platform. We are confident that such event will help to increase the synergies and collaborations between the multiple projects from different disciplines. We look forward to the next meeting in 2023!


The research projects just started to collect data. Thus, we expect the first publications in 2021.

Dec 2020: The start-up Hydromea makes it to the final of a deep tech startup competition

The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge is an international startup competition that is being held virtually this year where over 5’000 deep tech startups participated. Hydromea is one of six finalists in the mobility track with their tether-less underwater drone equipped with an optical underwater modem. This novel modem was tested on LéXPLORE in September 2020. The finalist teams will have three minutes to pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts: investors, corporates, other startups, researchers and specialized journalists. Congratulation to Hydromea and we wish you good luck for the final. Read the full article.


Sept 2020: A promising new optical underwater modem

The start-up Hydromea has developed a miniature optical modem, which allows underwater communications. It is sensitive enough to collect data at very high speeds from sources more than 50 meters away. Within the submule project, the scientists successfully tested their modem in-situ from the platform. This new technology can help limnologists to collect their data directly underwater, without bringing the sensors back to the surface. It could also help to verify that the measurement instruments are working properly. Read the full article.

© 2020 EPFL Alain Herzog, a robot lowers the underwater modem in the lake water