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2nd Jülich Lecture:
Bringing Social Sciences zu Energy

Prof. Dr. Steven E. Koonin, former under secretary of state at the US Department of Energy held a lecture on "Bringing Social Sciences to Energy" at Forschungszentrum Jülich in April 2012.

In his lecture, Koonin emphasizes that technological progress alone is not enough when it comes to bringing about a sufficiently radical transformation of the energy sector with the necessary speed. He stressed that societal aspects are equally important, such as the economic and political situation as well as prevailing behaviours and convictions. In this context, Koonin presented various technical and organizational measures for examining and improving the energy system and energy consumption using new methods of data acquisition and sociological techniques.

Koonin is a physicist who worked at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for many years. He is currently employed by the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) in Washington, D.C., which advises the US government on strategic matters of technology and research.

Duration: 46 minutes