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Webinar Series on Sustainability and Robotics: Webinar 3 "Environmental Dimension"

Updated: Jun 2, 2023

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

The environmental dimension refers to our natural environment, its resources and ecosystems. Being sustainable in that regard is defined as committing to a reduction of the usage of nonrenewable resources, preserving nature’s capacity for regeneration and ecological values as well as a general improvement of its condition. But what does this mean in practice, for society in general, and the robotics and AI community in specific? And do we really need to be aware of our environmental impact?

In this webinar, we will

  • Explore different ways of how to reduce environmental impacts, and get inspired by approaches used outside the AI and robotics community.

  • Discuss how robots should be built with as little environmental impact as possible.

  • Learn about upcoming regulatory requirements and talk about how they might impact robotics and AI.

Are you interested in learning more about environmental sustainability? Then this webinar is for you!


15:00 Welcome to the webinar series

15:05 Introduction to today’s topic by Seppe Terryn, VUB

15:15 Keynote speakers

Damien Salle, Tecnalia

Robin Barkhausen, Fraunhofer ISI

Paula Preuss, TU Berlin

16:00 Panel discussion with keynote speakers

16:25 Closing and takeaways

About this event

Sustainability & Robotics Series

Webinar 23: “Environmental Dimension”

Date and time : 24.05.23, 3PM CET

Duration: 1H30

Who is invited

  • 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

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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