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Final plenary session - Roundtable

Beyond technology: tackling societal challenges on the pathway to climate neutrality

In this era of accelerated Climate Change, technology holds the potential to address numerous challenges faced by humanity. However, unless we incorporate human factors, cultural dynamics, and societal complexities into the equation, the pace of change might prove insufficient for technology to yield the desired impact. How can we narrow the gap? To shed light on this question, we've invited three panelists from diverse backgrounds who will share their unique perspectives with the CISBAT audience.

Yamina Saheb portrait
Yamina Saheb portrait
Yamina Saheb portrait

Yamina Saheb

Lecturer and researcher at Sciences Po (Paris), a lead author of the IPCC report on climate change mitigation and a Senior fellow at OpenExp

Yamina is a senior energy policy analyst with a PhD in Energy Engineering and a strong background in research. In 2018, Yamina was the head of energy efficiency unit at the Energy Charter Secretariat. Before that, she was a Policy and Scientific Officer at the Renewables and Energy Efficiency Unit at the Institute of Energy and Transport of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC). She also worked as senior buildings energy efficiency policy analyst at the IEA.

Sascha Nick portrait
Sascha Nick portrait
Sascha Nick portrait

Sascha Nick

BSL Professor of Sustainability, Founder Academic Citizens’ Assembly, EPFL Researcher

Sascha Nick is a researcher, teacher, serial entrepreneur, nature lover, and father of two. With a background in physics and economics, he researches action levers needed to transition society to a more inclusive and sustainable state, such as negative emissions, sufficiency, or deliberative democracy.

Arno Schlueter portrait
Arno Schlueter portrait
Arno Schlueter portrait

Arno Schlueter

ETHZ Professor of Architecture & Building Systems, Principal investigator SEC Future Cities Lab

Arno Schlueter researches on systemic approaches for integrating questions of energy, emissions and human comfort for the design, production and operation of buildings. In his research and teaching, he focuses on integrated building systems for low-emission buildings and cities from design to operation, utilizing computational and experimental approaches. Recent awards include the 2022 Arc Award and the 2023 Watt d’Or for Excellence in Energy Innovation awarded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.

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  • International scientific conference on the Built Environment in Transition
  • Lausanne & Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 13-15 September 2023