Dr. Patrick Wäger

Patrick Wäger is Head of the Technology & Society Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials  Science and Technology (Empa). He has completed a Doctorate in Environmental Sciences from ETH Zürich, a Master’s degree in Chemistry from ETH Zürich and a Bachelor degree in Philosophy and Sociology at University of Zürich. Before joining Empa, he worked as an environmental consultant for Elektrowatt Engineering Ltd., Zürich. Besides other mandates he currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the “Entwicklungsfonds Seltene Metalle” (ESM Foundation), of the Board of the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (saguf), and of the Anthropogenic Resources Working Group of the UNECE.

In his research he addresses questions related to the role of novel materials and emerging technologies in the transition to a more sustainable, post-fossil society, with a particular focus on critical raw materials supply and the circular economy.