The Transition Assembly has launched a movement that questions the institutional functioning of UNIL. Come and discover its work thanks to the film, which captures the spirit of the Assembly and allows you to immerse yourself in the various working sessions.
"To bring UNIL's impact back within the ecological limits of the planet, while fulfilling its social mission". It was with this ambitious objective in mind that the Rectorate decided to launch an experimental participatory process unprecedented in the academic world. On 21 November 2022, the University of Lausanne's Assembly for Ecological and Social Transition was born, made up of 60 members of the university community chosen by lot to reflect its diversity.
The Assembly has now completed its mandate by submitting its final report to the Executive Board.
This fantastic adventure has also given rise to a 30-minute film directed by David Monti, which you can see at three events on campus:
You will have the opportunity to find out more about the Transition Assembly and to talk to members of the organising team and experts of the UNIL's Donut, a navigation tool for the institution's ecological and social transition.
The work of the Assembly
"On many occasions, a sense of unease permeated the entire Assembly. It was about the future, about survival, about a world that is becoming uninhabitable. The discussions were engaged, moving, they aroused revolt and anguish at the same time as they undoubtedly welded its members together".
- Bertrand Kiefer, Assembly Grand Witness
Over the course of a year, the members of the Assembly trained themselves in the environmental issues specific to the institution and submitted a report to the Rectorate containing 28 strategic objectives to be achieved by 2050 and 146 courses of action. The work proved complicated but the final result demonstrates that a high level of shared ambition can be achieved by an Assembly whose members have very different backgrounds, experiences, expertise and perspectives. The work of the Assembly shows that a fair and sustainable future is possible for all.
The work of the Assembly was officially concluded at a meeting attended by the UNIL management in mid-November. The Rectorate now needs to continue its work on developing its Strategy for Ecological and Social Transition, incorporating the Assembly's contributions.