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Burgherr, Peter Dr.

Group Leader
Telephone: +41 56 310 2649

Peter Burgherr joined the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) as a risk analyst in 2001. Since August 2008 he leads the inter-disciplinary Technology Assessment group of the Laboratory for Energy systems Analysis (LEA), which carries out comprehensive assessments of energy systems to support the complex decision-making processes towards a sustainable energy future with objective facts.

His main research interest is the comparative analysis of 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 regularly presents his work at international conferences and meetings, publishes in peer-reviewed scientific journals, contributes to books, and various other publications. He is also engaged in the supervision of students at different levels, and lectured at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), University Geneva, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU), and KINGS (Busan, Korea).

Peter Burgherr holds a MSc and doctoral degree from ETH Zurich. From 1996 to 2000, he conducted research leading to his PhD at the Department of Limnology of the Swiss Federal Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG).