#ei4s2015 See you in Berlin 2016...

The last conference day was pretty much characterized by somehow celebrating the researcher community and ourselves. In keeping with the motto “From research to impact” two keynotes by Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Google opened the day. Wendschlag (EMEA Program Manager Social & Environmental Responsibility, Hewlet-Packard) showed how HP supports eco-labels and green procurement criteria. Since the second most important customers question addresses chemicals (after energy) HP created a “GreenScreen For Saver Chemicals” Label. This comes along with a black and a white list, listening what to use and what not to use. The aim is to select safer chemicals to produce electronical products.

Afterwards, Kava (Vice President, Data Centers, Google), presented Googles activities in reaching highest power computing in data centers with the lowest energy consumption. To do so, he pointed out the following examples to show how, as he said, Google uses 50% of the energy of a typical data center:
  • building own servers by reasons of efficiency
  • cooling by natural elements (seawater in Finland and industrial canal water in Belgium)
  • turning up the thermostat
  • using free cooling
  • consistently measuring
These are just some examples of activities by HP and Google, you can find the slides on the conference website in a bit. However, pointing out these eco-friendliness of these two big technology companies shows that they want to follow the interests of at least those who joined the conference on environmental topics. In general, I think, it does not really matter why the companies are coming up with environmental issues – be it to reach the costumers, to really care about environmental and sustainable topics or to save money. It matters that they are doing it and hopefully it is not just green washing and marketing talk.

The keynotes were followed by a panel discussion coming up (among others) with the statement, that computer science can not only be used to collect and analyze date. Instead, we need an interdisciplinary way of thinking. For me, this sums up the joint conferences very well.

Finally, the conference closed with “The Best of the Best!”. Those who were nominated for the best paper award had to present their papers with the help of 15 slides which were shown for 20 seconds each.

Here is an example of the presentation by Timo from the Siegen University talking about “Potentials of energy consumption measurements in office environments”:

The next EnviroInfo will be in Berlin, Germany (HTW Berlin, University of Applied Sciences) on 14th – 16th of September 2016: www.enviroinfo2016.org
Motto: "Environmental Informatics 3.0 – Just a buzzword of lived reality?"
Let’s celebrate the 30th EnviroInfo conference in Berlin together!

The next ICT4S 2016 will be in Amsterdam (dates to be announced)
Motto: “Smart and Sustainable”

Personal résumé of day 3 of EICT4S 2015: By explicitly inviting company representatives the academic community somehow openness to the non-academic world, what I like very much. I know that this comes along with marketing etc., but it could be also seen as a first step to reach a broader community. Looking at the last day conference program my favorite part was the “Best Paper Presentations”: The idea of presenting the candidates again in a row and quickly is really good. That way, everyone knew the awarded ones, since we did not have the ability to join all of the presentations the last two days.