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

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


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
Publications of Lorenz Hilty (ZORA)


Spring Semester:

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

Fall Semester:

  • Paradigmen der Informatik, UZH
    Digitalization and Sustainable Development, UZH
  • Einführung in die Grundlagen der Nachhaltigkeit, UZH (Teil Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien)

Teaching page of the ISR group 

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

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

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)