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iimt off to the Sustainable Living Tour

An educational and broadening journey

Tuesday, 10th of October 2017

A Fribourg delegation, with representatives from the iimt (University of Fribourg), the school of engineering and architecture (HEIA-FR), the EPFL, the city and canton of Fribourg, the blueFAC-TORY, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy as well as industry partners were heading off to Denver (USA). Main goal was the support and the visit of the Swiss Team at the Solar Decathlon in Denver, but at the same time to get in touch with institutions, researchers and companies active in the field of smart living, sustainability and smart cities.

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Solar Decathlon - 1st prize for the Swiss Team


Students from the University of Fribourg, the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the Geneva School of Art and Design participated, as the Swiss Team, at the U. S. Solar Decathlon competition with great success.

The Swiss Team designed and built a full-size, energy-efficient and solar powered house, the NeighborHub, and exhibited it in Denver, Colorado.

The NeighborHub - a success story
In this academic competition of 10 contests the Swiss Team demonstrated in an outstanding way the latest technologies and materials in energy-efficient design, clean energy technologies, smart home solutions, water conservation measures, electric vehicles, and sustainable buildings. For all their efforts, the Swiss Team was rewarded the 1st prize at the Solar Decathlon competition.

A supporting team from Switzerland
A Fribourg Delegation with representatives from all participating schools, politics and industry partners, supported the Swiss Team in Denver. Prof. Dr. Stephanie Teufel, smart living lab project leader, and Kirstin Stadelmann, member of the smart living lab communication team, accompanied the students of the University of Fribourg on site.

We congratulate the Swiss Living Team for their outstanding and excellent performance.

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Mark Brandl - SBB – at the iimt

Mark Brandl, Innovation Manager at SBB Passenger Operating, acted as keynote speaker in the University lecture “Innovation- and Technology Management” at the iimt Chair of Management in ICT at the University of Fribourg.

After a short glimpse into the SBB’s organisation and mission, Mark Brandl introduced the students into the daily challenges of the mobility sector. As the mobility sector is under constant ongoing change, and the SBB have to contribute to the public transportation system in Switzerland, innovation management is more important than ever.

Mark Brandl presented the students in a lively discussion the SBB’s innovation process as well as the fields of innovation. We would like to thank Mark Brandl for his valuable contribution.

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Welcome Christian Ritzel

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Christian Ritzel is working as a senior researcher at the iimt since October 2017.
He grew up in the border triangle Germany, Switzerland and France. In 2009, he achieved his diploma in economics at the University of Kassel. His areas of focus were “Ecological Economics” and “Marketing and International Management”.

Afterwards he successfully completed a Master degree in Sustainable Economics and Management at the University of Kassel in 2013. Besides his studies he inter alia worked for the network of decentralized energy technologies in Kassel as well as for the German wholesaler REWE.

After finishing his master’s degree study, he conducted a doctoral thesis at the Swiss Federal Research Institute Agroscope in Taenikon in cooperation with the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart. The doctoral thesis was about “Agro-food trade with developing countries”.

His intrinsic interest for the topic of Sustainable Development was the motivation for his application at the iimt and the project smart living lab.

We look forward to work with Christian and wish him a good start.