New research center focuses on IT aspects of the green transition
On December 7, the IT University of Copenhagen is launching the new Center for Climate IT which will examine the complex relationship between digitalization and climate change. Join us for an opening reception and panel debate.
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Written November 11, 2022 1:59 PM by Theis Duelund Jensen
Researchers at the new Center for Climate IT will explore the various roles that digital technologies play in climate change, sustainability, and green transition. The center, based at the IT University of Copenhagen, will be a creative space for enriching our understanding of IT-related challenges posed by the climate emergency.
The Center for Climate IT builds on the recognition that climate challenges cannot be met without a set of imaginative, critical, reflective, and productive ways of employing digital technologies and digitalization processes.
Digital technologies and climate change are related in multiple and complex ways. The IT sector may help create solutions that can contribute to a more sustainable use of the planet’s resources but is at the same time a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions – due to, amongst other things, its energy consumption and mineral extraction. In cooperation with private and public partners, the Center for Climate IT will focus on both aspects and how to solve the problems that arise.
“The center is founded upon the IT University’s tradition of interdisciplinary work with IT,” says head of the center, Professor Steffen Dalsgaard. “We view interdisciplinarity as necessary when it comes to translating knowledge between different fields and disciplines and integrating, developing, and creating new insights – within both basic scientific and applied research.”
The Center for Climate IT wishes to engage the broader public in the important questions that emerge at the intersection of climate and IT. With that aim in mind, an official launch event will be held on 7 December at the IT University.
In a panel debate, Professor and Prorector at the University of Copenhagen, Kristian Cedervall Lauta, CEO of DigitalLead, Carolina Benjaminsen, CEO of Electricity Maps, Olivier Corradi, and Director of Science at the Villum Foundation, Thomas Bjørnholm, will discuss the role(s) played by IT in the climate emergency and green transition. Theis Duelund Jensen, Press Officer, tel: 2555 0447, email: email@example.com