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February 1 - February 2




The climate emergency is a multidimensional and wicked problem that requires a range of responses at various scales (local, regional, national, and planetary). Whether the issue of concern is renewable energy and carbon reduction, biodiversity loss, transport, agriculture, the circular economy, mitigation and adaptation, or more desirable economies, IT plays a central role. This seminar engages with the intersection between climate and digital technologies from different disciplinary perspectives to highlight how this intersection is multilayered and fraught with tension.

Our first speaker will show how data-driven analysis can help urban planners design better infrastructure for active mobility like cycling. By addressing active mobility infrastructure from a system-wide and strategic angle, data science can identify shortcomings in, for example, cycling accessibility and help build more sustainable cities. In this talk they will present how network science can guide investments in cycling infrastructure, introduce the importance of incorporating subjective perceptions when quantifying bikeability, and finally discuss the limitations and criticism of bicycle network research.

Our second speaker will add to this perspective by looking at applications of spatiotemporal data analysis and forecasting in topics related to sustainability. Connecting to the previous talk, the speaker will give examples of data gaps in last mile logistics and how prediction models can have a positive impact on the efficiency and sustainability of delivery systems. Secondly, she will discuss spatiotemporal data processing in the use case of renewable energy, particularly wind power prediction. The speaker will discuss new machine learning approaches that leverage location information to predict wind power output and the associated costs of running more complex large models.

Finally, the third speaker will present a framing of the overall session by asking ‘what is meant by “Climate IT”?’ And discuss this concept in relation to related discussions of ’twin transition’. The paper will consequently turn to what we legitimately can expect and demand of the role of IT in green transitions and processes of sustainability. After these three short talks, there will be room for discussion with input from the audience.

Overall, the panel aims to explore the tense relations between digital technologies and climate change. On the one hand, it highlights the ways in which these technologies can create the fact-based, large-scale knowledge that can equip us to tackle the very complex problems our societies are faced with. On the other hand, the panel also critically engages with how the revolutionary promises made by digital technologies often make us gloss over their growing climate impact. Together, the different perspectives enable us to gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of how to address arguably the most pressing challenge of our times, the climate emergency.


Seminar with three short talks for questions and discussion. 


The role of digital technologies in addressing societal challenges

Target Audience

The session is meant for anyone with an interest in climate change, both academics from different disciplaines and IT professionals. 

There is no maximun number of participants for the session. 


  • Ane Rahbeck Vierø, Ph.D. Fellow, Department of Computer Science, IT University of Copenhagen
  • Maria Sinziiana Astefanoai, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, IT University of Copenhagen
  • Steffen Dalsgaard, Professor at the Department of Business IT, Head of Center for Climate IT, IT University of Copenhagen


February 1
February 2
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