Sustainability and Energy Research: Portraits
Ansgar Kahmen | How plants are reacting to climate change
How will the landscape look in Switzerland in 50 years? Ansgar Kahmen, professor of sustainable land use at the University of Basel’s Institute of Botany, studies how our flora is reacting to climate change.
Frank Krysiak | Sustainability from the perspective of the economic sciences
Frank Krysiak is exploring the question of how exactly to define sustainability from an economic perspective while attempting to take uncertainties and risks into consideration. Worldwide, only about 30 researchers work with methods similar to Krysiak’s, although there are considerable uncertainties pertaining to the consequences of environmental problems such as climate change.
Florian Seebeck “Nature is the embodiment of a sustainable system”
Florian Seebeck is fascinated by the molecules of life. “My work allows me a glimpse into nature’s chemistry lab,” says the professor from Basel, who is barely 40 years old. “What you find there is a veritable surprise package.”
Hannes Weigt | Modeling the future of energy in Switzerland
Industrial engineer Hannes Weigt from the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Basel is studying the Swiss power grid using a specially developed computer model. The predictions of the 33-year-old professor of energy economics are likely to shape Swiss energy policy at some point in the future.