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 M. Hilty is Professor at the Department of Informatics at UZH and heads the Informatics and Sustainability Research (ISR) Group. This group is shared between IFI at UZH and TSL at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. Hilty also serves as the Sustainability Delegate of the Executive Board of UZH.


  • Assessment of sustainability impacts of the digital transformation: methods of technology assessment and 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 and sustainability providing normative frameworks for digitalization

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


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

Teaching page of the ISR group 

Appointments and Memberships

  • Sustainability Delegate of UZH Sustainability at UZH
  • Representing UZH in the Steering Committee of "Klimaplattform der Wirtschaft Zürich" Klimaplattform
  • Steering Committee of the Foundation for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS
  • Expert for Ethics at SATW
  • Expert Committee for Environmental Informatics of  GI
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Telematics & Informatics T&I

Former Activities

  • Affiliated Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm KTH
  • Initiator of the international 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
  • President of the Environmental Informatics Technical Committee of GI until 2009
  • Initiator of the Environmental Informatics Students' Prize and chairman of the jury until 2003-2015
  • President of the SI's Special Interest Group on Informatics and Society, member of the board of the SI, and chair of the working group that created the first Ethics Code of SI
  • 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 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 (in CO2 equivalents). For details see UZH's factsheet on Food (PDF, 488 KB)