Saving the world in 30 minutes

EIRES Lunch lecture

Friday October 21, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Online | MS Teams

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You are warmly invited to join our next online EIRES Lunch lecture which is scheduled as follows:

Friday 21 October 2022

12h00 - 13h00 CET 

Saving the world in 30 minutes
Sustainability assessments for decision-making in transition processes

Arjan Kirkels - TU/e | Technology, Innovation, Society group (IES&IS)

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Sustainability problems are one of the grand challenges of the 21st century. Overcoming these requires an energy transition. Such a transition involves large-scale and radical transformations of our economies and societies: new rules, practices, roles, and new technologies (e.g., batteries, hydrogen, solar cells). Assessments play a crucial role in supporting and accelerating transition processes. First, to better understand the impact of these new technologies. Second, to better understand whether these new technologies will become applied or not. And third, to understand what actions need to be taken to make this happen. It requires assessments of complex situations. In this lunch lecture, Arjan Kirkels will defend that good assessments are fact-based, value-driven, and change-oriented. He will explore this research field and its potential contribution. And he will identify several research lines that deserve our interest.

About the speaker
Arjan Kirkels did his master's and Ph.D. at TU/e in the field of Innovation Science and sustainable technologies. He is a multidisciplinary engineer who bridges engineering and social science to study real-world problems and contribute to solutions. He researches the assessment and implementation of emerging sustainable technologies. His works typically include prospective Life Cycle Assessments, Multi Criteria Analysis, Feasibility studies, and the practice and use of assessment - for example, in Sustainable Business Models or in societal debate. The research field is interdisciplinary, building on Sustainability Assessment, Transition Studies, Systems Engineering, and Design Science. He has over 27 years of experience in (innovative) teaching at different faculties and was one of the early adopters of Challenge Based Learning. Over the last five years, he has been pushing the research agenda on Sustainability Assessment for Decision Making in Transition Processes in academia and at TU/e – contributing to forming a research group in this field.

Organized by
EIRES | Focus Area - System Integration 

Led by Principal Scientists
Lisanne Havinga - Guus Pemen

Online | MS Teams

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Target Audience

EIRES Lunch lectures are open for anyone interested in the latest developments in energy storage and conversion. Different keynote speakers from academia and industry will present their views, solutions and outlooks on the topic. The lectures leave plenty of room for discussion. We value your input. Looking forward meeting you!

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