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Webinar on Sustainability and Robotics: Getting started!

Sustainability and Robotics Series is a five-part webinar series for roboticists, researchers, entrepreneurs, industry, and people interested.

Robotics and AI hold great promise to help solve the challenges related to sustainability, while there is at the same time the possibility that they outbalance the positive impact they aim to achieve. It is up to the AI and Robotics community to shape their role on how to help address sustainability and strive for a positive impact only.

This first webinar focuses on

  • How AI and Robotics can help to address the challenges of sustainability.

  • Why the AI and Robotics community should consider sustainability as an integrated part of their work.

  • What the challenges are for academia and industry in AI and Robotics to balance the positive and negative contributions towards sustainability.

Let's get started!

Are you interested in learning more about why the robotics and AI community should be concerned about sustainability? Then this webinar is for you!

About this event

Sustainability & Robotics Series

Webinar 1: “Getting started!”

Date and time : 07.03.23, 3PM CET

Duration: 1H30

Moderation: Michel van der Schoor (

Program schedule

5 min - Why did we initiate this series, who is behind it by Carl Mörch (FARI)

20 min - Keynote: Fiachra O’Brolchain

10 min - Questions by the audience

45 min - Discussion “Sustainability Challenges from Industry to Academia” |

Moderation by Michel Joop van der Schoor based on questions from the audience


  • Karl Schulz (Angsa Robotics)

  • Franziska Kirstein (Blue Ocean Robotics)

  • Tamas Haiddeger (Obuda University)

  • Patrick Courtney (DroneMatLabs/King's College London)

  • Fiachra O’Brolchain (DCU)

10 min - Closing & announcement of next session(s), input/feedback from audience

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.

Partner organizations

This event is co-organized by a consortium of researchers, industrial stakeholders and experts:

  • FARI - AI for the Common Good Institute

  • Sustainable Robotics

  • euRobotics Topic Group on Robotics for Sustainability

  • United Robotics Group

  • Profactor GmbH

  • Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (CLAIRE)



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