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07 MAR 2023

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Carl Mörch

Sustainability & Robotics Series


About this event

About the Webinar Series

Sustainability has become a critical challenge in Society and the field of AI and Robotics will not remain unaffected. From environmental to social or economic impacts, roboticists, entrepreneurs, researchers and public authorities are increasingly confronted with the topic. What is Sustainability? Where does AI and Robotics stand in that regard? What can organizations do to integrate Sustainability in their projects? What are the existing tools, frameworks at our disposal today? Are there initiatives and lessons learnt in other fields that could help AI and Robotics? Several reports, publications and events have shown a growing interest in the community to be more proactive. But where to start? How to avoid greenwashing? All these questions (among others) will be addressed in our 2023 online series of 5 webinars.

This series is open to all actors of AI and Robotics: from industry, academia and beyond. Its goal is to raise the community’s awareness of Sustainability, spark discussions, exchange experiences and provide free introductory training with concrete use-cases. The webinar series will aim at having a balanced representation of academic and private organizations, sharing their knowledge. During each session, participants will be encouraged to share their experiences, needs, questions, and practical suggestions. Our goal? Identifying key priority actions to reinforce Sustainability in Robotics and AI.

This event is co-organized by a consortium of researchers, industrial stakeholders and experts (see list of partnering organizations).

Who is invited (slots limited to 30 people)

  • Roboticists
  • Researchers
  • Entrepreneurs and representatives of the industry
  • Experts in related fields
  • Life cycle professionals (e.g. analysts, consultants)
  • Anyone interested in Robotics and Sustainability

Format: Online

2023 Agenda

  • Webinar 1: Why Sustainability (March 7)
  • Webinar 2: Sustainability explained
  • Webinar 3: Environment
  • Webinar 4: Society
  • Webinar 5: Economics
  • Workshop: Sustainability & Robotics Tools

Partner organizations

  • FARI – AI for the Common Good Institute
  • Sustainable Robotics
  • euRobotics Topic Group on Sustainability
  • Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (CLAIRE)
  • United Robotics Group

Webinar Series:

Webinar 1: “Getting started!”

Date and time : 07.03.23, 3PM CET

Duration: 1H30


Several papers were recently published on the role of Robotics to achieve the SDGs, on the challenge of balancing the positive and negative contributions of the field towards sustainability (e.g. this expert consultation).


  • Presenting the concept of sustainability
  • Understanding how is Robotics impacted, and what is done on the topic
  • Providing an overview on how sustainable are existing production processes, and how can they be improved

Moderation: Michel van der Schoor ( & Franziska Kirstein (

Program schedule

  • 2 min – Why did we initiate this series, who is behind it (Carl Mörch)
  • 20 min – Keynote: Fiachra O’Brolchain: Three dimensions of Sustainability in Robotics
  • 5 min – Questions of the audience
  • 25 min – Discussion “Sustainability Challenges from the Industry to Academia”
    • moderated by Michel Joop van der Schoor
    • With: Karl Schulz (Angsa Robotics), Franziska Kirstein (Blue Ocean Robotics), Tamas Haiddeger (Obuda University), Patrick Courtney (EU Robotics), Fiachra O’Brolchain
  • 5 min – Questions of the audience
  • 2 min – Quick summary of the mentimeter & Announcement of next session(s)