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 inter-institutional Informatics and Sustainability Research (ISR) Group. This group is shared by UZH and the Technology and Society Lab at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.

Department of Informatics at UZH
Technology and Society Lab at Empa

Appointments and Memberships

  • Sustainability Delegate of the Executive Board of UZH Sustainability at UZH
  • Affiliated Professor, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm KTH
  • Steering Committee of the Foundation for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS
  • Representative of UZH in the Steering Committee of Klimaplattform der Wirtschaft Zürich Klimaplattform
  • Expert for Ethics at SATW
  • Expert Committee for Environmental Informatics of  GI
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Telematics & Informatics T&I


  • Assessment of sustainability impacts of the digital transformation: technology assessment, life-cyle assessment for digital technologies
  • Computational methods and tools for sustainability research: material flow modelling, agent-based modelling, probabilistic simulation
  • Conceptual and normative frameworks to structure the research field: conceptual frameworks for sustainability impacts of ICT, ethics of technology

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: Ethical Aspects, UZH
  • Regular contribution to the course: Von Stoffen und Werten at HSG
  • Guest lectures on ICT and Sustainability at KTH
  • Seminars at European Forum Alpbach, Schloss Dagstuhl, and Lorentz Center 

Teaching page of the ISR group 

Former Activities

  • Initiator of the international conference series ICT4S: Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability (started in 2013) ICT4S 
  • Guest Professor of New Media and Sustainability, Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna 2009 SEC
  • Head of Empa's Technology and Society Lab 2004-2010 TSL
  • Initiator and leader of the research program "Sustainability in the Information Society" at Empa, funded by the ETH board 2000-2004
  • Habilitation on "Umweltbezogene Informationsverarbeitung" at University of Hamburg Habilitation thesis  (PDF, 10174 KB) 
  • Co-founder of the University of Hamburg spin-off “Institut für Umweltinformatik” which has provided software for environmental management since 1993 ifu

Personal Committment to Climate Protection