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. In addition, he serves as the Sustainability Delegate of UZH.


How can the digital transformation be leveraged for sustainable development? This question guides our interdisciplinary research.

Research page of the ISR group
Publications of the ISR group (MERLIN)
Publications of Lorenz Hilty (ZORA)


In German:

  • Informatik, Ethik und Gesellschaft, UZH
  • Einführung in die Grundlagen der Nachhaltigkeit, Teil Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien, UZH
  • Wirtschaftsinformatik I, UZH (with Gerhard Schwabe)
  • Big Data and Machine Learning: Ethische und rechtliche Aspekte, UZH (with Florent Thouvenin) CAS at IfI
  • Auf dem Weg zu einer Kreislaufwirtschaft (with Patrick Wäger and others), Contextual Studies at HSG

In English:

  • Digitalization and Sustainable Development, UZH
  • ICT and Sustainability (virtual guest lectures at KTH)

Teaching page of the ISR group 

Appointments and Memberships


  • Sustainability Delegate of UZH Sustainability at UZH
  • Steering Committee, "Klimaplattform der Wirtschaft Zürich" Klimaplattform
  • Steering Committee, Foundation for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS
  • Advisory Board, Swiss Green Economy Symposium SGES
  • Expert in Ethics, Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences SATW


  • University Council of the University of Constance
  • High-Level Advisory Group on Digitalisation and Sustainability, German Minister for the Environment BMU
  • Expert Committee on Environmental Informatics GI
  • Editorial Board, Telematics & Informatics T&I
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education IJSHE

Former Activities


  • Head of the Technology and Society Lab at Empa 2004-2010 TSL
  • Head of the research program "Sustainability in the Information Society" at Empa, funded by the ETH board 2000-2004
  • Professor of Information Systems, FHNW
  • Researcher at FAW, Div. of Environmental Information Systems, University of Ulm
  • Researcher at Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ), University of St. Gallen HSG
  • Researcher at Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg


  • Co-organizer of the first Summer School ICT for Sustainability at Lorentz Center (with Steve Easterbrook, Mattias Höjer, Patricia Lago, Birgit Penzenstadler)
  • Co-organizer of the Seminar Modeling for Sustainability at Schloss Dagstuhl (with Gordon Blair, Betty F. C. Cheng, Richard F. Paige)
  • Co-teacher of the Seminar on Dirty Products at European Forum Alpbach (with Laura Raynolds)
  • Affiliated Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm KTH
  • Initiator of the conference series ICT4S (started in 2013) ICT4S 
  • Chair of the Environmental Informatics Expert Committee of GI
  • Chair of the Jury of the Environmental Informatics Students' Prize of GI
  • Guest Professor of New Media and Sustainability at Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna SEC
  • Member of the Board of the Swiss Informatics Society SI
  • 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 until today ifu

Personal Contribution to Climate Protection

  • No air travel since March 2017, which saves 2-3 tons of CO2 per intercontinental flight. Member of NoFlyClimateSci. 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)