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 the interdisciplinary research of the ISR group led by Lorenz Hilty. For current projects and publications see:

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


Spring Semester:

  • Informatik, Ethik und Gesellschaft, UZH
  • Wirtschaftsinformatik I, UZH (with Gerhard Schwabe)
  • Nachhaltigkeit jetzt!, UZH (with Aline Steinbrecher, public lecture))
  • CAS Data Science and Machine Learning: Ethische und rechtliche Aspekte, UZH (with Florent Thouvenin) CAS at IfI
  • ICT and Sustainability (virtual guest lectures at KTH)

Fall Semester:

  • Digitalization and Sustainable Development, UZH
  • Einführung in die Grundlagen der Nachhaltigkeit, UZH (Teil Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien)
  • Auf dem Weg zu einer Kreislaufwirtschaft (with Patrick Wäger and others), Contextual Studies at HSG
  • ICT and Sustainability (virtual guest lectures at KTH)

Summer Schools:

  • International Summer School on ICT for Sustainability, Leiden ICT4S Summer School
  • Sustainable ICT Summer School, Leuven SICT

Teaching page of the ISR group 

Previous Positions

  • 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
  • Affiliated Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (2013-2018) KTH 
  • 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
  • Postdoc, Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ), University of St. Gallen HSG
  • Postdoc, Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg
  • 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

Appointments and Memberships


  • Sustainability Delegate of the Executive Board of UZH Sustainability at UZH
  • Steering Committee, School for Transdisciplinary Studies, UZH STS
  • Steering Committee, Center of Competence for Sustainable Finance, UZH CCSF
  • Digital Society Initiative, UZH DSI


  • University Council, University of Constance Constance University Council
  • Steering Committee, Foundation for Technology Assessment, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences TA-SWISS
  • Steering Committee, Klimaplattform der Wirtschaft Zürich Klimaplattform
  • Advisory Board, Swiss Green Economy Symposium SGES
  • 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, Telematics & Informatics T&I
  • 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. 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)