Prof. Dr. Lorenz M. Hilty

Lorenz M. Hilty
Professor, Head of Group
Phone IfI:
Phone Empa:
+41 44 635 67 24
+41 58 765 75 00
Lorenz Hilty
IfI, BIN 2.A.14

Lorenz Hilty has been Professor of Informatics and Sustainability at the University of Zurich since 2010. He is also Affiliated Professor at the Center for Sustainable Communications of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (CESC) and Scientist at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology in the ETH domain. From 2004 to 2010, Lorenz Hilty served as the Head of the Technology and Society Lab (TSL), Empa's interdisciplinary research unit which analyzes technologies embedded in social processes. In 2010, Empa and UZH agreed to establish a cross-institutional research group for Informatics and Sustainability Research (ISR) under the lead of Lorenz Hilty. Since 2014, has also been serving as the Sustainability Delegate of the Executive Bord of UZH (Sustainability at UZH).

Research Interests

Interactions between the digital transformation and sustainable development; sustainability in ICT and by ICT; environmental, social and ethical implications of digital technologies


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Lorenz Hilty initiated the international "ICT for Sustainability" conference series by organizing the first ICT4S conference in Zurich in 2013 ( ICT4S), he co-organized the first World Resources Forum 2009 in Davos ( WRF) and chaired several EnviroInfo conferences (EnviroInfo).

Editorial Activities

Lorenz Hilty edited several influential multi-authored books and special issues in his field (latest book) and served as an Associate Editor of Environmental Modelling and Software (EMS).


View current courses on the group's teaching page (in German).

Other Activities

Lorenz Hilty initiated the Environmental Informatics Students' Prize in 2003 and chaired the jury until 2015. He initiated and chaired the Swiss Computer Science Challenges (SCSC) Award in 2008, served as a member of the International Advisory Board of CESC, is a former President of the Environmental Informatics Technical Committee of GI, a former President of the SI's Special Interest Group on Informatics and Society, served as a Member of the Board of the SI, and chaired the working group that created the first ethics code of SI.