13. September 2023

University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW
Campus Brugg-Windisch





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About the conference

Welcome to the conference "Sustainability2030: Digital innovations and artificial intelligence for a sustainable future of our environment". It is a great pleasure to welcome you all and to discuss together the transformative power of digitalisation and artificial intelligence to better protect our environment.
At a time when we are facing unprecedented global environmental challenges, new and innovative approaches are needed. Digitalisation and artificial intelligence offer the potential to take environmental protection to a new level and develop sustainable solutions. Through the intelligent use of these technologies, we can address the challenges of the climate crisis, resource depletion and species extinction.
Our conference brings together leading experts in environmental science, technology and research to present the latest developments and achievements in digital innovation and artificial intelligence. Together we will explore how these technologies can improve our ability to collect, analyse and derive effective action from environmentally relevant data.
We will gain insights into innovative projects that use digital solutions and artificial intelligence to optimise energy consumption, promote the circular economy and sustainable agriculture, make transport more efficient and support the preservation of biodiversity. We will also discuss ethical issues related to the use of AI in environmental protection and the importance of responsible and sustainable use of these technologies.
The conference will enrich us with new insights and impulses to better protect the environment and shape a sustainable future for generations to come. We thank all speakers, participants and sponsors who have contributed to the success of this important event.
Let us now embark on this exciting journey together and explore new ways to protect the environment through digitalisation and artificial intelligence.

Bundesamt für Raumentwicklung AREHightech Zentrum AargauContena OchsnerInnosuisse ist die schweizerische Agentur für InnovationsförderungInternational Requirements Engineering Board

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Opening of the online registration
Opening of the partner registration
Opening of the registration for the Digital Sustainability2030 Awards
Closing date for registration for the Digital Sustainability2030 Awards
13.09.2023 AWARD Live social media feed
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(This programme is subject to changes)

DAY 1 - 13 SEP 2023

Green by IT

8.00 – 9.00
Arrival, welcome coffee

09.00 – 09.30
Prof. Dr. Doris Agotai (Head of Research and Development, FHNW) und Dr. Petra Zimmermann (Vice Director, Federal Office for the Environment FOEN) - Conference opening

09.30 – 09.50
Mr. Salehin Khan (Programme Management Officer, CITES Secretariat) - "Digitalization for Sustainable Wildlife Trade (EN)"

09.50 – 10.10
Raquel Jimenez Frias (Programme Management Officer, European Research Executive Agency) - "MSCA staff exchanges - an opportunity for digitisation and environmental projects (EN)"

10.10 – 10.40
Coffee break

10.40 – 11.00
Ian Brooks (Senior Lecturer, University of the West of England) - "The UN Sustainable Development Goals as requirements in systems engineering"  (EN) Abstract

11.00 – 11.20
Reto Eggimann (Technology and innovation expert, Hightechzentrum Aargau) - "Opportunities and challenges - initiatives for more circular economy and resource efficiency" Abstract

11.20 – 11.40
Prof. Dr. Martin Melchior (Lecturer, Institute for Data Science, FHNW) - "Advantages and difficulties of using Foundation AI models in the environmental sciences and humanities" Abstract

11.40 - 12.00
Stan Bühne (Managing Director, IREB Ltd.) - "Sustainable digital solutions do not emerge by themselves - they have to be actively shaped " Abstract

12.00 – 13.10
Lunch break

Session I - Green Flagships - Circular economy

13.10 – 13.30
Ivo David Kuhn (COO, Sharely AG) - "Own less - do more. How a rental platform challenges society" Abstract

13.30 – 13.50
Dr. Christian Dollfus (CEO and lecturer, CEEX GmbH and Luzern University) -"AI@CleanEnergy" Abstract

13.50 – 14.10
Daniel Kränz (User Experience Director, Mutabor AG) - "Sustainability in Metaverse?Abstract

14.10 – 14.30
Roger Süess (CEO, Green AG) - "Sustainable digitalization: setting the course now" Abstract

14.30 – 14.50
Angela Grosso Ciponte und Evelyne Roth (School of Art and Design, FHNW) - "Practising change. A design contribution to the circular economy and digitalisation" Abstract

14.50 – 15.10
Claudio Zimmerli (CEO, KOCO Solutions AG) - "Intelligent process optimisation in the circular economy with added value for all stakeholders​​​​​​​" Abstract

Workshop: Smart Farming

13.10 – 15.10 Challenges of the agricultural and food economy of tomorrow

What will the agriculture and food industry of tomorrow look like? What are the challenges and what can innovative, digital solutions contribute to a more sustainable and resource-efficient agriculture and food industry?


Session II - Green Flagships - Smart Farming

13.10 – 13.30
Philipp Bosshard (CTO, YASAI AG) - "Integrated vertical farming" Abstract

13.30 – 13.50
Simon Gasser (Product Manager, Ecorobotix AG) - "How artificial intelligence & precision enables sustainable agriculture with 80-95% less crop protection products" Abstract

13.50 – 14.10
Peter Fröhlich (CEO, AgriCircle AG) - "Deepl - outcome based, sustainable agriculture" Abstract

14.10 – 14.30
Andreas von Kaenel (CEO, Cortexia AG) - "How artificial intelligence supports better bio-waste recycling" Abstract

14.30 – 14.50
Erny Niederberger (CEO, Swisens AG) - "Fewer fungicides thanks to real-time spore monitoring"  Abstract

14.50 – 15.10
Prof. Dr. Philipp Aerni (Managing Director, ESG2GO AG and Centre for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Freiburg University of Applied Sciences) - "Capturing corporate sustainability concretely and pragmatically with esg2go" Abstract

15.10 – 15.20
Coffee break

15.10 – 16:00
Exchange & Interactive Coffee Break

16.00 - 16.20
Fabrice Burri (Research Associate, Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE) - "Sustainable digitalisation in the sense of the 2030 Agenda" Abstract

16.20 - 16.45
Prof. Dr. Jean-Philippe Thiran (Director Institute of Electrical and Micro Engineering, EPFL) - "AI and the environment: angel or devil?" Abstract

16.45 – 17.00
SustainabilITy2030 Award

17.00 – 17.10
Prof. Dr. Norbert Seyff (Institute for Interactive Technologies, FHNW) und Prof. Dr. Petar Mandaliev (Institute for Biomass and Resource Efficiency, FHNW)
Concluding remarks

From 17.10 - Conference Dinner in Restaurant L'Ulivo

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FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
School of Engineering
Klosterzelgstrasse 2
CH-5210 Windisch

Phone number: +41 56 202 87 07

Bundesamt für Raumentwicklung ARE
  Sustainability Conference 2030