Green IT Research Forum: Borderstep co-founded the platform to foster exchange on Green IT

Green IT Research Forum

Borderstep co-founded the Green IT Research Forum. The platform was established by leading research institutions in German-speaking countries (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) in 2009 to foster exchange on developments in Green IT and to accompany such research by holding regular events for exchange on the topic.

Information and communication technology (ICT) forms the technical basis for today’s information and knowledge society and contributes decisively to economic development as a dynamic field of innovation.

Intelligent use of ICT can make a substantial contribution to achieving environmental and industrial policy goals, in particular for reducing energy and resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Possible savings potentials and the contribution to sustainable development do not become realities by themselves, but, instead, require targeted efforts on the part of everyone involved.

The Green IT Research Forum was established against this background in 2009 by leading research institutions in the field of environmentally friendly IT, or “green IT,” in German-speaking countries (Germany, Switzerland, Austria). Its members are the Borderstep Institute, the Institute for Information Technology OFFIS, Oldenburg, the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM), the Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT), and the Department of Informatics of the University of Zurich.

The Green IT Research Forum has three central goals:

  • support the exchange of information and experience about the national and international state of research in the fields of “Green in IT” and “Green through IT”
  • identify important topics of the future and promising technologies of the future for Green IT and to elaborate the research and development needs they entail
  • accompany and comment on governmental R&D strategies and support programs regarding what these strategies require for environmentally friendly IT.

To this end, the Research Forum regularly hosts events for carrying on exchange about these topics.

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