Switzerland, Grosshöchstetten

System Models in Life Cycle Assessment

when 5 September 2016 - 9 September 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 ECTS
fee CHF 300

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) attempts to model the natural and industrial ecosystems of the world. To accomplish this rather ambitious task, many choices and assumptions have to be taken. These choices include how to classify and separate industrial activities, how to link and delineate regions and regional markets, average versus marginal producers, and how to do allocation. This summer school will examine many of these choices and assumptions in depth, and attendees will use new software to build and test their own system model.

In the first half of this summer school, experts from academia, applied research, and the ecoinvent centre will lead interactive teaching sessions (not endless lectures!) on system models, the use of meta-analysis to compare system models, and the summer school software. In the second half, students will apply these ideas to create their own system model. This new system model will be realized using new software developed especially for this summer school. The model will be designed to be as user-accessible as possible, though some basic understanding of Python will be necessary, and an introduction in Python is part of the syllabus. All software used in the summer school, both for meta-analysis and system modelling, is free and open source.
Course pamphlet is available here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1911208/2016%20summer%20school%20brochure.pdf

Course leader

Chris Mutel, PSI

Target group

This summer school is primarily aimed at PhD students who are studying or using life cycle assessment, but postdocs are also welcome to apply. Enrolment is limited to 25 people. As the summer school is funded by a special grant from the ETH domain, participants from ETHZ and EPFL will be given preference, but international guests are very welcome and will be included if at all possible.

Credits info

3 credit points assumes you write a short paper after the summer school; otherwise 2.0 credit points will be awarded.

Fee info

CHF 300: PhD students. Fee is for a shared double room, and all meals during the summer school. Single rooms are 420 CHF.
CHF 500: Postdocs. Fee is for a shared double room, and all meals during the summer school. Single rooms are 620 CHF.


None available - the course is already heavily subsidized.