Denmark, Odense

Environmental Engineering – Engineering for Sustainability

when 5 August 2019 - 16 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC

Come and join the summer course “Engineering for Sustainability” at SDU!
Creating sustainable solutions for our future

We believe that engineers can contribute to creating sustainable solutions for our future. This requires understanding of the interactions between technologies and systems with the world on a global scale. It requires a holistic approach, getting an insight in the consequences of your decisions; How can you create a solution that solves one problem without generating another problem somewhere else?

The course is run by researchers from SDU Life Cycle Engineering. The aim of our research is to optimize engineering solutions with concerns for their resource consumption, energy efficiency and impacts on climate and environment. We strive to develop the knowledge and methods for achieving this insight from an overall holistic perspective. We are engaged in exciting projects in various areas, and we will include relevant examples from our ongoing projects in the course to give you an impression of “what’s going on right now” in these fields.

The Faculty of Engineering has adopted a student-centred approach to learning, and teaching is based on problem based project work. Students participate significantly in class and carry out project work in small teams. The work, analysis of the problems and reporting will be performed in teams of 3-4 persons.

Course leader

Gang Liu (

Target group

You must have completed at least two years of engineering studies and have an interest in sustainability.

Course aim

“Engineering for Sustainability” provides you with skills for understanding the challenges of sustainable development.

The aim of this course is to provide knowledge about:
-the history and development of global sustainability challenges (e.g., climate change, water shortage, food security, and energy supply) and policy frameworks/agendas (e.g., circular economy, green economy, bioeconomy, material and energy efficiency, urban sustainability, and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals);
-basic concepts, tools, and theories used in environmental system analysis and industrial ecology, especially material flow analysis and life cycle assessment;
-environmental impacts related to societal production and consumption activities and sectors (e.g., electronic waste, buildings, and transportation sector);
-the system perspective of sustainable development, especially the linkages of different sustainability challenges (including food-energy-water nexus and material-energy nexus).

Fee info

EUR 0: Exchange students from a partner university pay no tuition. Guest students pay tuition fees.

NON-EU student: 8635 DKK per course (1160 Euro)

EU Students: 4250 DKK per course (570 Euro)

Exchange students from partner university: No tuition