Ms. Brigitte Bach

Head, Energy Department, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Brigitte Bach is authorized representative of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and Head of the AIT Energy Department, where she is responsible for strategic development, personnel and finances.

Brigitte Bach obtained her PhD in Engineering Physics from the Vienna University of Technology in 1992 and completed a postgraduate degree in Management Development and Communication at the Danube University Krems. She started her career at AIT in 1999 and was appointed Head of the Energy Department in January 2009.

Research at the Department focuses on “Energy Infrastructure“ and “Integrated Energy Systems“.

The Department follows an integrative approach to investigate key issues of the energy infrastructure and develop holistic solutions for the energy systems of the future. The Department has internationally recognized expertise in the areas of Smart Grids and Smart Cities.

Brigitte Bach is actively involved in national and international bodies. She is a member of the EERA (European Energy Research Alliance) Executive Committee, Coordinator of the Joint Programme on Smart Cities and Chair of the group “Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on Energy”. Moreover she acts as a chair of the extern Expert Group for “Smart City Vienna”. Brigitte Bach received the “Austrian of the Year 2009“ award in the category “Research” in autumn 2009.