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

June 16, 18:00 – 20:30. More info and registration:

This event is part of RESPONSE Doctoral Programme (DP) «RESPONSE – to society and policy needs through plant, food and energy sciences» is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 847585.

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.


17:30 – 18:00    Guest arrival (recommended train 17.10 from HB*)

18:00 – 18:15    Welcome by ETH, Siemens and GreenBuzz

18:15 – 18:45    Inputs by

18:45 – 19:05    Panel discussion moderated by Christian Schaffner

19:05 – 20:00    Moderated Poster-Session with PhD students on their research. Including:

  • Arnau Aliana
  • Manuel Belanche
  • Linda Brodnicke
  • Sudesh Dahal
  • Susanne Rhein
  • Katrin Sievert
  • Bessie Noll
  • Dabwiso Sakala
  • Fei Wu

20:00 – 21:00    Apéro hosted by Siemens  and chance to visit the Experience Center

* For participants who are visiting from Zurich we recommend taking the IR70 leaving 17.10 from HB  (21 minutes until Zug, followed by a short walk). For those who would like to travel in a GreenBuzz group, we will meet at the HB meeting point at 16:55 and enjoy some buzzing conversations en route.

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