How to Align Digitalization with Sustainability?

This question has been the focus of our research since the ISR group was founded in 2010. We study both the opportunities and the risks of the digital transition for sustainable development. The group is led by Prof. Lorenz Hilty.

Our research covers four areas (details on our research page):

  • The footprint of digital technologies
  • Pathways to a sustainable digital society
  • Modelling and simulation for sustainability
  • Supporting sustainable development with data and tools


  • The World Economic Forum just released a report describing how "digitally empowered cities" can be inclusive and sustainable. Jan Bieser acted as lead author.

    Today, over 54% of all people live in cities, a proportion that will rise to 68% by 2050. It is therefore essential to find ways to use the transformative power of digital technologies in a sustainable way. 

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  • The Master's thesis contributes to research on honey bee populations by automating the observation of bees and classifying the pollen they are harvesting with a technology that does not disturb the beehives. For her work, Anna Jancso got the first Impact Award of the UZH's Economic Faculty at Master level.

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  • Christina Scheidegger interviewed Jan Bieser from the ISR group on the CO2footprint of the ICT sector for "Echo der Zeit", SRF1 radio.

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