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Department of Informatics Informatics and Sustainability Research

Lorenz Hilty

Lorenz Hilty, Prof. Dr.

  • Professor
  • Head of Group
+41 44 635 67 24
Binzmühlestrasse 14, 8050 Zurich
Room number
IfI BIN 2.A.14

Lorenz Hilty is full professor at the Department of Informatics of UZH. He holds the following roles:

  • Head of the Informatics and Sustainability Research Group (Forschungsgruppe Informatik und Nachhaltigkeit) since 2010  ISR Group 
  • Sustainabilty Delegate of UZH since 2014  Sustainability at UZH
  • Director of the Zurich Knowledge Center for Sustainable Development since 2022 ZKSD

CV and publications list on ORCID:


In his research, Lorenz Hilty explores the opportunities and risks of digital technologies for sustainable development. For recent projects and publications see:

Research page of the ISR Group
Publication page of the ISR Group


  • Paradigmen der Informatik
  • Informatik, Ethik und Gesellschaft
  • Digitalization and Sustainable Development
  • Information Systems I  (with Jan Bieser and Claudio Tessone)
  • Nachhaltigkeit jetzt! (with Aline Steinbrecher and Jeannette Behringer, public lecture)
  • Einführung in die Grundlagen der Nachhaltigkeit (Teil Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien)
  • Virtual guest lectures at KTH and TUB

Teaching page of the ISR group 

Steering Committees and Boards

  • School for Transdisciplinary Studies, UZH STS
  • Center of Competence for Sustainable Finance, UZH CCSF
  • Klimaplattform der Wirtschaft Zürich Klimaplattform
  • Foundation for Technology Assessment, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences TA-SWISS
  • Expert Committee on Environmental Informatics GI
  • International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education IJSHE
  • Research Coordination Network on the Digital Economy and the Environment RCN-DEE
  • International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability ICT4S

Previous Positions and Activities

  • Member of the University Council of the University of Constance (2019-2023) Constance University Council
  • Affiliated Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (2013-2018) KTH 
  • Head, Technology and Society Lab at Empa 2004-2010 TSL
  • Head, Research Program Sustainability in the Information Society at Empa, funded by the ETH board 2000-2004
  • Guest Professor of New Media and Sustainability at Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna (2008) SEC
  • Professor of Information Systems 1998-2000, FHNW
  • Researcher and project leader, Research institute for Applied Knowledge Processing FAW, University of Ulm FAW
  • Postdoc, Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ), University of St. Gallen HSG
  • Postdoc, Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg UHH
  • Co-founder of the University of Hamburg spin-off Institut für Umweltinformatik (ifu), which created the Umberto software and later merged with ipoint ifu

Personal Contribution to Climate Protection

  • No air travel since March 2017, which saves 2-3 tons of CO2 per intercontinental flight. For details on travel emissions see UZH's factsheet on Business Travel
  • No car, which saves at least 1.7 tons of CO2 per year. For details on different modes of commuting see UZH's factsheet on Commuter Traffic
  • Flexitarian diet (usually no meat/fish), saving about 0.5 tons on CO2 equivalent emissions per year. For details see UZH's factsheet on Food (PDF, 488 KB)


Weiterführende Informationen

Access to Lorenz Hilty's Publications