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FRS Programme Director &
Principal Investigator

Hans Rudolf Heinimann is professor of Forest Engineering at ETH Zurich since 1991. He started office as faculty member with the former Department of Forest and Wood Research at ETH Zurich, where he was promoted to full professor in 1997. He was visiting professor at the Forest Engineering Department at the Oregon State University in US from 1999 to 2000; Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Tokyo, Japan in summer 2009; and Centre for Higher Education, Learning and Teaching (CHELT) at the Australian National University in 2013. From 2004 to 2009, he was a fellow at the Collegium Helveticum, a centre of advanced studies jointly sponsored by ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, focusing on cross-disciplinary research.

Heinimann has been actively involved in the international scientific community, and coordinated the Forest Operations Engineering and Management division of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO). He held various leadership positions in university bodies, such as head of department, director of studies, head of institute, and head of faculty recruiting committees, among others. He was the Pro-rector for Education of ETH Zurich from 2007 to 2013 and is founding member of the ETH Risk Centre, of which he was the chairman from 2011 to 2013. He is a member of several scientific and professional societies, including member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW).

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His research aims at designing and continuously improving land use policies and practices that are environmentally sound, physically feasible, economically efficient, and institutionally acceptable. Recent research work has been focusing on spatially explicit optimisation of land use activities, emerging concepts of land-use management (adaptive ecosystem management, precision land-use management), modelling environmental performance of different land-use systems, and risk management of natural hazards. At the Collegium Helveticum, he was involved in behavioural experiments, exploring the influence of emotions on risk behaviour.


ETH Zurich, Department of Environmental Systems Science

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