Keynote Speakers

   Prof. em. Roland Scholz
   ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Digitalization and Sustainability

Roland Scholz earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in mathematics at the University of Marburg (1976), a PhD degree in social psychology (Dr. phil., 1987), and a habilitation degree (Dr. phil. habil.) in cognitive psychology. In the late 1980s, he shifted from basic research to the emerging environmental sciences. From 1993 until 2012, Dr. Scholz held the chair of Natural and Social Science Interface at the Department of Environmental System Sciences at ETH Zurich. Following his retirement in 2013, he also worked as an adjunct professor (Privatdozent) at the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich, is affiliated as Professor Extraordinaire at the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University (SA) and works as project leader at the Fraunhofer Society Project Group for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS (Alzenau, Germany). Scholz was the fifth holder of the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professorship (2001/2002) at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.
He has also served as a guest professor or guest scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, and MIT (USA); Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany); the University of Graz and BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna) (Austria); and the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Scholz serves as a senior advisor at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik [de] for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) and is affiliated with various universities.

   Prof. Liselotte Schebek
   TU Darmstadt, Germany

Resource efficiency: How to bridge the gap between comprehensive assessment and stakeholder’s perspective?

Liselotte Schebek is Head of the Department of Material Flow Management and Resource Economy at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering of TU Darmstadt. She is also the Scientific Manager of the Division Secondary Materials of the Fraunhofer Project Group “Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies” (IWKS). She has professional experience in life cycle assessment, environmental management and in circular economy and material flow management. Her research interests focus on: life cycle assessment, material flow assessment, scenario analysis, material and energetic use of biomass, energy systems, resource management as well as urban mining. Prof. Schebek is responsible for numerous joint research projects on sustainability of novel technologies, energy and resource efficiency, waste management and also analytical chemistry. Liselotte Schebek is a member of the Graduate School Energy Science and Engineering at TU Darmstadt as well as of numerous scientific committees and advisory boards. She has more than 40 peer reviewed publications as well as more than 350 non-peer reviewed publications and conference proceedings. She is in the editorial board of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment and acts in scientific conference boards as a reviewer in multiple journals.

   Prof. Jan Minx
   MCC Berlin, Germany

A Data Science Revolution for Global Environmental Assessments

Jan Christoph Minx is head of the MCC working group Applied Sustainability Science and Professor for Climate Change and Public Policy at the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds. Jan is a lead author in the upcoming IPCC’s 6^th assessment report on climate change mitigation. He has taken various author roles in the previous 5^th assessment, which he also coordinated as Head of Technical Support Unit both scientifically and operationally. Jan has a background in Industrial Ecology and takes an interdisciplinary research approach to issues of energy, climate change and sustainable development with applications to cities and infrastructure, global supply chain networks as well as historic and future transformation processes of societies and their governance. A more recent interest is how to deal adequately with the exponential growth in publications and how to best use the opportunities created by new vast text repositories in the current age of big literature. With his group he develops computational tools for evidence synthesis, meta-analytical methods for adequately informing decision making processes and applies tools from computational social sciences to climate change and sustainability topics.

   Dr. Katy Roelich
   Leeds University, UK

Decision making under uncertainty in socio-economic metabolism

Katy Roelich is an Associate Professor, jointly appointed between the School of Earth and Environment and the School of Civil Engineering. She co-leads the Energy and Climate Change Mitigation Research Group in Sustainability Research Institute. Prior to joining academia Katy had nine years’ experience in environmental and engineering consulting in the UK and overseas. While working in consultancy she provided environmental and sustainability advice to a wide range of industries including, utilities, nuclear, oil, mining, rail, road and housing working for the private sector, government agencies and utility companies. Her current research activities centre on long-term decision making under uncertainty, particularly in complex systems where multiple actors must interact to make decisions in the face of deep uncertainty. She has a particular interest in how to engage citizens in decision making under uncertainty. She has developed tools, indicators, participatory models and decisions support approaches to help decision makers understand this uncertainty and improve decision making.

   Prof. Sangwon Suh
   UC Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Climate change implications of plastics and petrochemicals: two global assessments

Sangwon Suh is professor in industrial ecology and director of the CLiCC Program, an EPA-funded university-industry partnership on chemicals' environmental and human health impacts. He was trained as an environmental engineer and earned his PhD in industrial ecology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Professor Suh’s research focuses on the interface between technology and the environment. He contributed to the theoretical foundations and practical applications of life cycle assessment (LCA) and industrial ecology. Dr. Suh served the International Resource Panel (IRP) of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) as a member and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a coordinating lead author. He received the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship from the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents, Leontief Memorial Prize and the Richard Stone Prize from the International Input-Output Association (IIOA), the Robert A. Laudise Medal from the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), and Distinguished Teaching Award from the Bren school.