Thematic Event: Sustainable Energy System - Who Will Lead the Way?

Thematic Event: Sustainable Energy System - Who Will Lead the Way?

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Join us on June 16th to discuss the technical innovation, business model change and societal adaptation on our way to Sustainable Energy!

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Technical innovation, massive business model change and societal adaptation are inevitable if we are to build a sustainable energy system. But how do we get there? What steps should we take? And who will lead the way? We dive into this topic and take an interdisciplinary approach with our event partner, the Energy Science Center of ETH Zurich, and our host, Siemens.

Energy demands are evolving fast. Nations are moving to build more self-reliance on their energy systems. We have an increasing demand for electricity and at the same time, we have aggressive goals to cut carbon emissions. Energy infrastructure projects will require long-term investments, so finance and governments are key to the solutions.

The only way to tackle the complex problem we face is through an interdisciplinary approach. Cutting-edge research is being done, but what can we learn? What support is required?

At this event, we will hear expert inputs by three keynote speakers from academia, business and the public sector. After these inputs, we will have the exclusive opportunity to dive deep into the topic by learning from eight doctoral students researching the hurdles and working on specific solutions for a sustainable energy system.

Join us to discuss the following questions – moderated by Christian Schaffner – and to learn from the doctoral students who are immersed in these topics:

  • How can energy policy support the speed of technical innovation?
  • How can green energy models be economically favorable?
  • What is the latest research on biofuels, semiconductor efficiency, managing hydropower dams, carbon capture and storage, the future of transport?
  • What are government and societal roles around the storage and transport of nuclear waste?

We are happy to announce that this event is hosted by Siemens in their state of the art Swiss Headquarters in Zug. The Siemens Campus is a great example of the interplay between new technological solutions and the energy efficiency and sustainability they bring with them.


18:00 – 18:30 Guest arrival (recommended train 17.33 from HB*)

18:30 – 18:45 Welcome by ETH, Siemens and GreenBuzz

18:45 – 18:15 Inputs by

  • Kristina Orehounig, Lecturer at ETH
  • Kaja Hollstein, Head of Operations Services at Swissgrid
  • Ilonka Zapke, R&D Strategy in Technology & Innovation at Siemens

19:15 – 19:35 Panel discussion moderated by Christian Schaffner

19:35 – 20:30 Chance to engage with PHD students on their research in breakout rooms

20:30 – 21:30 Apero hosted by Siemens and chance to visit the Experience Center

This event is part funded by Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), Co-funding of Regional, National, and International Programmes (COFUND)

* For participants who are visiting from Zurich we recommend taking the 17:33 EC direction Milano Central at platform 8 (26 minutes until Zug, followed by short walk). For those who would like to travel in a GreenBuzz group we will meet at the HB meeting point at 17:15 and enjoy some buzzing conversations en route.

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