Keynote speakers


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Jørgen Randers
Professor emeritus, climate strategy, Dept of Law and Governance, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo
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Jørgen Randers
Professor emeritus, climate strategy, Dept of Law and Governance, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo
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Jørgen Randers
Professor emeritus, climate strategy, Dept of Law and Governance, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo

Jørgen Randers (born 1945) is professor emeritus of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School. He has always worked on issues of the future, especially related to sustainability, climate, and energy. Professor Randers lectures and provides advice all over the world, and increasingly in China. He has spent one third of his life in academia, one third in business, and one third in the NGO world. He was president of BI Norwegian Business School 1981-89, and Deputy Director general of WWF International 1994-99. He has been the chair of three Norwegian banks, non-executive member of numerous corporate boards, and member of the sustainability councils of three multi-nationals. He is a full member of the Club of Rome and is the founding chair of the China Association for the Club of Rome. Professor Randers has written many papers and books, starting with co-authoring The Limits to Growth in 1972. His recent writings include 2052 – A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years in 2012, Reinventing Prosperity with Graeme Maxton in 2016, and Transformation is feasible! with Johan Rockstrøm and others in 2018.

Title of lecture:
50 years of history and 50 years of future – The Limits to Growth in a long term perspective


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Brian Norton
Tyndall Institute, Head of Energy Research and Professor at TU Dublin, Ireland
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Brian Norton
Tyndall Institute, Head of Energy Research and Professor at TU Dublin, Ireland
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Brian Norton
Tyndall Institute,
Head of Energy Research and
Professor at TU Dublin, Ireland

Brian Norton is Head of Energy Research at Tyndall National Institute as well as Professor of Solar Energy Applications at TU Dublin and immediate past President of Dublin Institute of Technology. He currently serves on the Energy Panel of the European Academics Science Advisory Council and is Member of the Royal Irish Academy as well as an honorary fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and an Honorary Professor at Universities in Northern Ireland, China and the USA. His awards include the CIBSE Napier Shaw Medal, the Energy Institute’s Roscoe Award, the American Association of Publishers PROSE Award, the Solaris Lifetime Achievement Award and the Solar Energy Journal Best Paper Award. Brian Norton’s research has made siginificant contributions in the field of solar energy technologies, building energy efficiency and sustainability. His publications include over 500 widely cited research papers and he is sole author of two and co-author of nine books.

Title of lecture:
Decarbonisation of Buildings: Analysis and conclusions of a study by the European Academies Science Advisory Committee


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Jennifer Chayes
Associate Provost, Dean and Professor
University of California,
Berkeley
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Jennifer Chayes
Associate Provost, Div. of Computing,
Data Science & Society and
Dean, School of Information
Professor of EECS, Information, Mathematics, and Statistics

University of California,
Berkeley
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Jennifer Chayes

Jennifer Chayes is Associate Provost of the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society, and Dean of the School of Information at UC Berkeley. She is a Professor of EECS, Information, Mathematics and Statistics. For 23 years, she was at Microsoft, most recently as Technical Fellow, where she co-founded and led three interdisciplinary labs in Cambridge, MA, NYC, and Montreal. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Chayes has received numerous awards and honors including, the 2015 John von Neumann Award of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (the highest honor of SIAM), and an honorary doctorate from Leiden University in 2016. Chayes is one of the inventors of graphons, widely used in machine learning of networks. Her recent work also includes applications of machine learning to cancer immunotherapy, ethical decision-making, and climate and sustainability.

Title of lecture:
Computing and Data Science for a Sustainable Future


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Beat Kämpfen
kämpfen zinke + partner, architectural practice, Zurich, Switzerland
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Beat Kämpfen
kämpfen zinke + partner, architectural practice, Zurich, Switzerland
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BEAT KAEMPFEN
kämpfen zinke + partner, architectural practice, Zurich, Switzerland

Starting 1996, Beat Kämpfen specialized with his team in designing projects with a strong focus on a holistic sustainability. All projects are timber constructions, are truly ecological and reach a high level in energy efficiency. The houses rely on basic solar principles, completed by solar technology. The pioneer building Sunny Woods achieved a zero energy balance already in 2001, many of the new works are plusenergy projects. Many projects got solar distinctions, in 2016 Beat Kämpfen got a Swiss Solar Prize ad personam for his consequent work. He holds an architectural degree from ETHZ as well as an MSc in architecture from UC Berkeley. His teaching activities include a year as a visiting professor at Kansas State University, MSc courses at FHNW and HSLU as well as the lead in the 2016 EPFL solar decathlon. From 2005 to 2017 he was President for Forum Energie Zurich and since 2013 member of different SIA commissions.

Title of lecture:
Solar Energy: Generator of a New Architectural Design


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Key Information


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