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 full professor at the Department of Informatics and holds the following positions:

  • 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


How can the digital transformation be leveraged for sustainable development? This question has been guiding my research since the 1990s. For recent projects and publications see:

Research page of the ISR Group
Publication page of the ISR Group
Publications of Lorenz Hilty (ORCID)


Spring Semester:

  • Informatik, Ethik und Gesellschaft, UZH
  • Wirtschaftsinformatik I, UZH (with Claudio Tessone)
  • Nachhaltigkeit jetzt!, UZH (with Aline Steinbrecher and Jeannette Behringer, public lecture)
  • ICT and Sustainability (virtual guest lecture at KTH, with Anna Björklund)

Fall Semester:

  • Paradigmen der Informatik, UZH
    Digitalization and Sustainable Development, UZH
  • Einführung in die Grundlagen der Nachhaltigkeit, UZH (Teil Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien)
    ICT and Sustainability (virtual guest lecture at KTH, with Anna Kramers and Cecilia Katzeff)

Teaching page of the ISR group 

Steering Committees

  • School for Transdisciplinary Studies, UZH STS
  • Center of Competence for Sustainable Finance, UZH CCSF
  • Foundation for Technology Assessment, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences TA-SWISS
  • Research Coordination Network on the Digital Economy and the Environment RCN-DEE

Further Appointments and Memberships

  • University Council, University of Constance Constance University Council
  • Klimaplattform der Wirtschaft Zürich Klimaplattform
  • High-Level Advisory Group on Digitalisation and Sustainability, German Minister for the Environment BMU
  • Standing Committee, International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability ICT4S
  • Expert Committee on Environmental Informatics GI
  • Editorial board, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education IJSHE
  • International Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Sustainable Communications at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (2011-2017) CESC
  • Expert, Ethics Platform, Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (2006-2015) SATW
  • Associate Editor, Environmental Modelling and Software (2006-2010) EMS
  • Chair of the Jury of the Environmental Informatics Students' Prize of GI
  • Member of the Board, Swiss Informatics Society (2003-2011) SI
  • Chair, Working Group 9.9 ICT and Sustainable Development, International Federation for Information Processing (2005-2010) IFIP WG 9.9
  • Swiss Delegate/Vice Chair, Technical Committee 9 Computers and Society, International ​​​​​Federation for Information Processing (2002-2010)  IFIP TC 9
  • Chair, Expert Committee on Environmental Informatics (2001-2004) GI

Previous Positions

  • 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, 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)