Prof. Dr. Lorenz Hilty

Lorenz M. Hilty
Professor, Head of Group
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Lorenz Hilty
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Lorenz M. Hilty is Professor at the Department of Informatics at UZH and Head of the Informatics and Sustainability Research Group, which is shared by UZH and Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. He also serves as the Sustainability Delegate of the Executive Board of UZH.

Department of Informatics at UZH
Technology and Society Lab at Empa
Sustainability at UZH

Research Areas

  • Computer modelling and simulation methods for sustainability research
  • Oportunities and risks of the digital transformation for sustainability
  • Ethical principles and technology assessment of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Publications by Lorenz Hilty


  • Digitalization and Sustainable Development, UZH
  • Informatik, Ethik und Gesellschaft, UZH
  • Einführung in die Grundlagen der Nachhaltigkeit, UZH 
  • Wirtschaftsinformatik I, UZH
  • CAS Big Data and Machine Learning, UZH
  • Regular contribution to the course: Von Stoffen und Werten at HSG
  • Regular guest lectures on ICT and Sustainability at KTH

Teaching page of the ISR group 

Former Activities

  • Initiating the international conference series ICT4S: Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability ICT4S 
  • Establishing and leading Empa's Technology and Society Lab 2004-2010 TSL
  • Guest Professor of New Media and Sustainability, Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna SEC
  • Establishing and leading the research program Sustainability in the Information Society funded by the ETH board 2000-2004
  • Habilitation thesis on "Umweltbezogene Informationsverarbeitung" full text (PDF, 10174 KB) 
  • Co-founder of the University of Hamburg spinoff “Institut für Umweltiformatik”, a company providing software for environmental management since 1993 ifu

Personal Committment to Climate Protection

  • no air travel since March 2017 NoFlyClimateSci
  • flexitarian (usually no meat/fish)
  • no car