Tuesday, June 18th | 14:00 - 15:00 | Conference Room 2 | Ecological & social transition and Innovation

Environmental benefits of digital technology: myth or reality? How to integrate indirect environmental impacts/rebound effects of digital technology into a systemic approach ? How is digital technology shaping tomorrow's society and its impacts?

Sponsored by :

David BOL


Université Catholique de Louvain

David Bol is a Professor at UCLouvain. He received the Ph.D degree in Engineering Science from UCLouvain in 2008 in the field of ultra-low power digital nanoelectronics. In 2005, he was a visiting Ph.D student at the CNM, Sevilla, Spain, and in 2009, a postdoctoral researcher at intoPIX, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. In 2010, he was a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the UC Berkeley Lab for Manufacturing and Sustainability, Berkeley, CA. In 2015, he participated to the creation of e-peas semiconductors spin-off company, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Prof. Bol leads the Electronic Circuits and Systems (ECS) group focused on ultra-low-power design of integrated circuits for environmental and biomedical IoT applications with a holistic focus on environmental sustainability. He is actively engaged in a social-ecological transition in the field of ICT research with a post-growth approach. Prof. Bol has authored more than 150 papers and conference contributions and holds three delivered patents. He (co-)received five Best Paper/Poster/Design Awards in IEEE conferences and supervised the PhD thesis of Charlotte Frenkel who received the 2021 Nokia Bell Scientific Award and the 2021 IBM Innovation Award for her PhD. On the private side, Prof. Bol pioneered the parental leave for male professors in his faculty, to spend time connecting to nature with his family in a post-growth deceleration.


Senior Consultant in Sustainable IT


Graduate engineer in Environment and Industry from Mines de Douai, and holder of a Master of Science in Environmental Management for Business from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.  One year's experience at Alstom, a French multinational rolling stock manufacturer, in the Environment Department.  Over 2 and a half years' experience in the Sustainable IT sector as a consultant within IJO with multiple missions for large groups and technology companies. Recently appointed head of the "IT Footprint Measurement and Assessment" division at IJO.


Sustainability Consultant

Sonterra sprl & UCLouvain

A graduate of the École Polytechnique de Louvain and with a doctorate in telecommunications, Xavier Marichal has a background as a researcher in new digital technologies. Also trained in economics and various environmental assessment methods (carbon, water, biodiversity), he was an entrepreneur before becoming a sustainability consultant and putting his cross-disciplinary skills to work for companies and public authorities. He also supports emerging projects in developing their business models. He is also a guest lecturer at UCLouvain in various faculties, teaching courses on socio-environmental issues and the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy.


PhD Candidate

Vrije Universiteit Brussel - sustAIn.brussels

Arjen Van de Walle is a PhD candidate active within the Business Development Academy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He has a background as a bio-science engineer (Ghent University) and within sustainability science (Maastricht University) and supports companies in their sustainable digital transformation and implementation of artificial intelligence, all within the context of the European Digital Innovation Hub sustAIn.brussels. Arjen has expertise in sustainable business model innovations and in providing coaching to entrepreneurs to further introduce sustainability in their business development (including assessing the sustainability of business innovations).

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