Keynote speakers

Isabelle Bey

Isabelle Bey
Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology, MeteoSwiss

Isabelle Bey first studied physics and chemistry at the Grenoble Institute of Technology (INP Grenoble) and at University of Grenoble. After receiving a PhD in atmospheric sciences from University of Paris in 1997, she was a post-doctoral fellow and research associate at Harvard University working on global air pollution. From 2001 to 2008, she led a research group at EPFL and investigated the interactions between air pollution and climate. In 2009, she was hired as the Executive Director of the Center for Climate Systems Modeling (C2SM), a competence center based at ETH Zurich, whose goal is to improve our understanding of the climate system. Since 2016, she is the head of the Western Regional Center (Geneva) of the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology, MeteoSwiss.

Title of lecture:
Climate change: 1.5 versus 2°C

Arno Schlueter

Arno Schlüter
ETH Zürich and Singapore,

Arno Schlueter is Full Professor of Architecture and Building Systems at the Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich and Principal Investigator at the Singapore-ETH Future Cities Lab (FCL) as well as Head of the Institute of Technology in Architecture of ETH Zurich and a member of the management board of the ETH Energy Science Centre. He holds an architecture degree from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, a postgraduate degree in CAAD and a PhD in building systems from ETH Zurich. In his research, he and his interdisciplinary team focus on sustainable building systems, new adaptive components and their synergetic integration into architecture and urban design using computational approaches for modelling, analysis, and control. In 2009, he co-founded the design and engineering office, where he is part of the management board.

Title of lecture:
Climate Changes: Toward low-carbon, liveable cities

Christian Cajochen

Christian Cajochen
University of Basel

Professor Christian Cajochen heads the Centre for Chronobiology at the University of Basel. He received his PhD in natural sciences from the ETH in Zürich, Switzerland, followed by a 3-year postdoctoral stay at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. His major research interests include investigative work on the influence of light on human cognition, circadian rhythms and sleep, circadian related disturbances in psychiatric disorders, and age-related changes in the circadian regulation of sleep and neurobehavioral performance. He has held a number of honours and has authored more than 170 original papers and reviews in his career

Title of lecture:
Non-visual impact of light on human sleep and circadian physiology

c. matthews

Charlotte Matthews

Charlotte Matthews is the Director of Sustainability at Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company setting out to develop a new city "from the internet up" with a goal of Climate Positive operations. Ms. Matthews brings nearly 20 years of experience in the development, design, construction and operation of green buildings and distributed generation-energy infrastructure. Most recently, Ms. Matthews led Sustainability for Related Companies and its massive Hudson Yards' development. In addition to her role on the IMT board, Ms. Matthews is a WRI Ross Center board advisor and is widely engaged in local policy and national building standards. Previous engagements include co-chairing the Residential track of the NYC Building Resiliency Task Force; co-chairing the Construction Practices committee of the NYC Green Codes Task Force; DOE Energy Efficiency Buildings Hub—Industry Advisory Committee; Vice-Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee, Real Estate Board of New York—Sustainability Committee member; NYS REV Market Design Working Group member and teaching at Columbia University in the GSAPP Masters in Real Estate Development program (2010-2014). Ms. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Brown University with a focus in Architecture and Engineering.

Title of lecture:
District energy and the divergence from research into reality

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