Patrick Aebischer has been the president of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) since 17 March 2000. He is also a professor in neurosciences and head of the Neurodegenerative Disease Laboratory of the EPFL.
“We are all aware of those images of tormented childhoods, of those young destinies overturned in a split second on the way to school. In our endeavours to promote technology and its benefits, the tragedy of anti-personnel landmines is a stark reminder that this very same technology can also be used for the worst of all purposes. In light of this, I would like to express my admiration for the remarkable work of the Digger Foundation and how honoured I feel to be one of its sponsors.”