The Department F.-A. Forel for Environmental and Aquatic Sciences (DEFSE), previously Institute F.-A. Forel, named after the famous researcher and father of limnology François-Alphonse Forel, is a multidisciplinary department in the Faculty of science, Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva.

Our mission is the creation of new knowledge and training of students to address the complexity andmultidisciplinary nature of environmental issues that we face today and will face in the future.

The Department F.-A. Forel for environmental and aquatic sciences carries out research and offers teaching and in the areas of:


Our innovative research and teaching programs are developed in collaboration with the inter-faculty Institute for Environmental Sciences. DEFSE also has an active outreach policy and offers a large spectrum of services to society.