Dr Peter BURGHERR
Peter Burgherr leads the inter-disciplinary Technology Assessment group at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), which carries out comprehensive assessments of energy systems to support the complex decision-making processes towards a sustainable energy future with objective facts.
His primary research interest is the comparative analysis of severe accident risks in the energy sector, and its relevance in the broader context of energy security and critical infrastructure protection. He is also the primary responsible for PSI’s database ENSAD (Energy-Related Severe Accident Database), which is the world's largest database on severe accidents in the energy sector. Furthermore, he is strongly involved in the sustainability assessment of current and future energy technologies as well as their evaluation within Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA).
He is regularly presenting his work at international conferences and meetings, publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals, contributing to books, and various other publications. He is also engaged in the supervision of students at different levels, and lectured at ETH Zurich and University Geneva. He holds a doctoral degree in environmental sciences from ETH Zurich, and MSc and BSc degrees in biology from ETH Zurich.
Group Leader of Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis (LEA) Technology Assessment at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)