Sebastian Thöns

Sebastian Thöns

Professor, Doctor of Sciences

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Sebastian Thöns works since September 2020 at the Division of Structural Engineering at Lund University. The areas of his expertise encompass:

  • Value of information and decision analysis,
  • Reliability, risk and resilience analysis of built environment systems,
  • Building and structural health information system design and optimisation,
  • Structural performance design, integrity management and optimisation,
  • Laboratory and in‑situ, static and dynamic testing and monitoring.

His project portfolio encompasses research and networking, consulting, standardisation, innovation and education projects with European Union, national and industrial funds. He has chaired the scientific networking project COST Action TU1402 on Quantifying the Value of Structural Health Monitoring (see also Wikipedia).

Sebastian Thöns has provided 20+ invited lectures and keynote lectures in academia and industry. He organised and co-organised 15+ Special Sessions and Minisymposia at international conferences. He has supervised and co-supervised 10+ PhD students.

He has been awarded with the IRIS Price of Excellence in 2011 and acted as an Executive Board Member in the Les Trophées de l'Europe awarded European Marie Curie Project project Infrastar.

Professional work

Since 2020: Professor, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Since 2020: Guest Professor, BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin, Germany

2018: Visiting Professor, University of California, San Diego, USA (1 month)

2017/2018: Visiting Professor, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (2 months)

2014 to 2020: Associate Professor, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

2014 to 2020: Associate Guest Professor, BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany

2007 to 2011: Researcher, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2006 to 2014: Head of SAFEINFRA, Project Manager, Researcher, Federal Institute for Material Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany

2003 to 2006: Consulting Engineer, HOCHTIEF Consult IKS Energy / Energy Europe, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Sebastian Thöns holds degrees in civil engineering, structural engineering and a doctoral degree.

2011    Dr. sc. ETH Zurich, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2003    Diplom Ingenieur in Civil Engineering, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

2000    Master of Science in Structural Engineering, UMIST (now The University of Manchester), Manchester, United Kingdom


The teaching portfolio of Sebastian Thöns encompasses Master and PhD level courses in university education and for researchers, industrial and governmental professionals and experts. The topics include:

  • Decision analysis
  • Value of information analysis
  • Probabilistic modelling in engineering
  • Advanced steel structures

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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