Take part in ETH Zurich’s Energy Day on 12 December 2017

Energy concerns us all. The Energy Science Center (ESC) is inviting the public to discuss the hurdles and opportunities of a sustainable energy system together with students and researchers at ETH Zurich’s Energy Day.

Energy is what keeps society moving. And there is currently a lot of movement going on in the field of energy: in May, the Swiss public approved the revised Energy Act and so endorsed the Energy Strategy 2050. It aims to promote renewable energy, reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency.

This will affect every area of the economy and everyday life: new technologies are already entering the market, digitalisation is changing consumer behaviour and business models, and there are profound upheavals in the field of transport.

Actively shaping the change

So what does this mean for the economy and society? This question is at the heart of the Energy Day on Tuesday 12 December 2017, from 08.30 – 18.00. With the motto “Committed to the future of energy”, the Energy Science Center (ESC) is inviting the public to ETH Zurich to discuss the challenges and opportunities of a future energy system.

Christian Schaffner, Executive Director of the ESC and the driving force behind the Energy Day, says that the event aims to actively involve visitors and give young researchers a central role.

Four focus topics and an interactive format

In the morning, participants will be able to debate four selected topics in focus dialogues with young scientists: power supply, consumer behaviour, mobility, and innovation and start-ups. The young researchers will moderate these focus dialogues and sum up the findings.

In the afternoon, guest lecturers and experts from ETH Zurich will discuss the same topics during a public symposium. The findings from the focus dialogues will feed into each talk, and the lecturers will respond to them.

Finally, a panel discussion with representatives from science, industry and public authorities will examine whether a sustainable energy future is fact or fiction.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. You can register here.

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