Lecture: Energy Supply from an Ethical and Political Perspective
Members of the Rotary Club in Düren were invited to visit Forschungszentrum Jülich by Prof. Harald Bolt (front row, second from left), member of the Board of Directors. In the Rotunda conference room of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), Prof. Rafaela Hillerbrand (front row, third from left) from RWTH Aachen University spoke about risks and uncertainties in the energy supply sector as an ethical and political challenge. The scientist is a junior professor at the university's Institute of Philosophy. She also heads the research group “Ethics for Energy Technology” at the HumTec interdisciplinary project house (Human Technology Centre), which is part of the Excellence Initiative. Prof. Hillerbrand, who has a PhD in both theoretical physics and philosophy, was an advisor to the ethics commission for safe energy supply in spring 2011. Following the reactor accident at Fukushima, she also gave advice and support to political decision makers in Switzerland and Austria on the transformation of the energy sector.