Lorenz Hilty

Lorenz Hilty, Prof. Dr.


Head of Group

Phone: +41 44 635 67 24

Address: Binzmühlestrasse 14, 8050 Zurich

Room number: IfI BIN 2.A.14


Lorenz Hilty is Professor at the Department of Informatics at UZH and heads the Informatics and Sustainability Research Group ISR, which is shared between IFI at UZH and TSL at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. Lorenz Hilty also serves as the Sustainability Delegate of UZH.


  • Assessment of sustainability impacts of the digital transformation: technology assessment (TA) and life-cyle assessment (LCA) for digital technologies
  • Computational methods and tools for sustainability research: agent-based modelling, material flow analysis, probabilistic simulation
  • Social and ethical implications of the digital transformation

Publications by Lorenz Hilty in ZORA
Research page of the ISR group


  • Course: Digitalization and Sustainable Development, UZH
  • Course: Informatik, Ethik und Gesellschaft, UZH
  • Contribution to the Course: Einführung in die Grundlagen der Nachhaltigkeit, UZH 
  • Contribution to the Course: Wirtschaftsinformatik I, UZH (with Gerhard Schwabe)
  • Contribution to the CAS: Big Data and Machine Learning: Ethical and Legal Aspects, UZH (with Florent Thouvenin)
  • Contribution to the course "Auf dem Weg zu einer Kreislaufwirtschaft" at HSG
  • Regular virtual guest lectures: "ICT and Sustainability" at KTH
  • Dagstuhl-Seminar: Modeling for Sustainability at Schloss Dagstuhl (with Gordon Blair, Betty F. C. Cheng, Richard F. Paige)
  • Summer School: ICT for Sustainability at Lorentz Center (with Steve Easterbrook, Mattias Höjer, Patricia Lago, Birgit Penzenstadler)
  • Seminar: "Dirty Products" at European Forum Alpbach (with Laura Raynolds)

Teaching page of the ISR group 

Appointments and Memberships

  • Sustainability Delegate of the Executive Board of UZH Sustainability at UZH
  • University Council of the University of Constance
  • Advisory Group of the German Government on Digitalisation and Sustainability
  • Steering Committee of the Foundation for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS
  • Steering Committee of "Klimaplattform der Wirtschaft Zürich" Klimaplattform
  • Advisory Board of the Swiss Green Economy Symposium SGES
  • Expert in Ethics for the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences SATW
  • Expert Committee on Environmental Informatics of  GI
  • Editorial Board of Telematics & Informatics T&I

Former Activities

  • Affiliated Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm KTH
  • Initiator of the conference series ICT4S: Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability (started in 2013) ICT4S 
  • Head of Empa's Technology and Society Lab 2004-2010 TSL
  • Guest Professor of New Media and Sustainability, Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna 2009 SEC
  • Chairman of the Environmental Informatics Expert Committee of GI until 2009
  • Initiator and chairman of the jury 2003-2015 of the GI Environmental Informatics Students' Prize 
  • Member of the board of the Swiss Informatics Society SI, chair of SI's Special Interest Group on Informatics and Society, and chair of the working group that created the first Ethics Code of SI in 2005
  • Initiator and chair 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 been providing software for environmental management since 1993 ifu

Personal Committment to Climate Protection

  • No air travel since March 2017, member of No Fly Climate Sci. For details on the impact of academic business travel see UZH's factsheet on Business Travel
  • No car. For details on different modes of commuting see UZH's factsheet on Commuter Traffic
  • Flexitarian (usually no meat/fish), which saves about 0.5 tons of emissions p/a
    (CO2 equivalent). For details see UZH's factsheet on Food (PDF, 488 KB)