25augAll Day28The 7th International Summer School on Life Cycle Approaches for Sustainable Regional Development“Life cycle toolbox for bio-economy initiatives”


august 25 (Saturday) - 28 (Tuesday) CEST(GMT+00:00) View in my time


Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ

Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

Speakers for this event

  • Alberto Bezama

    Alberto Bezama

    Working Group Leader, Helmholtz Centre Leipzig

    Alberto Bezama is leader of the Working Group “Bio-economy and Biomass Resources” in the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany, focussed on the application of life cycle tools to assess bio-based technologies in a regional perspective, under the framework of bio-economy and circular economy strategies. He is a chemical engineer (University of Concepcion, Chile), with a PhD in Industrial Environmental Protection (University of Leoben, Austria). He has worked extensively in the areas of management of waste and contaminated sites, with an emphasis on cleaner production and sustainability assessment.


    Working Group Leader, Helmholtz Centre Leipzig

  • Fritz Balkau

    Fritz Balkau

    Independent Life Cycle Professional

    Fritz Balkau is an independent international advisor on sustainable development, focussing on sustainable production and consumption practices, enhanced resource efficiency and risk reduction in society. He has extensive policy experience in government and intergovernmental organisations (OECD, UNEP, OCHA), and has carried out numerous professional consultancy projects relating to preventive life-cycle based approaches to sustainability. He is a co-author of the recent book on Life Cycle Approaches to Sustainable Regional Development


    Independent Life Cycle Professional

  • Guido Sonnemann

    Guido Sonnemann

    Professor of Chemistry @ Université de Bordeaux

    Prof. Guido Sonnemann undertakes teaching and research in the field of life cycle approaches for sustainable chemistry and materials management at the University of Bordeaux, France, where he heads the Life Cycle Group CyVi at the Institute of Molecular Sciences. He has a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Rovira and Virgili, Spain, after training in environmental chemistry and engineering in France and Germany.  After a time as consultant, he worked for ten years from 2002 to 2012 on various aspects of life cycle and integrated resource management in the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris, at the end as scientific focal point for the Resource Efficiency sub-programme.  He has published more than hundred journal papers, book chapters and professional reports. He is a co-editor of recent books on Life Cycle Management and on Life Cycle Approaches to Sustainable Regional Development.


    Professor of Chemistry @ Université de Bordeaux

  • Naeem Adibi

    Naeem Adibi


    Naeem Adibi recently created WeLOOP a consulting and expertise company to support businesses and decision makers to assess, understand and improve their sustainability performance. Previously he was working as European project manager at Platform [avniR] in northern France. He has a multidisciplinary background in engineering, environmental sciences and management. He holds a PhD degree in civil engineering from French Ecole Centrale de Lille.  He has been coordinating numerous LCM and LCA projects in building construction, automotive and recycling, as well as in a range of industrial sectors.



  • Philip Strothmann

    Philip Strothmann

    Co-Founder & CFOO of the FSLCI

    Philip is an independent consultant with vast experience in international sustainability projects focussing on natural resource management and life cycle thinking. He’s been working with the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative and UNEP’s International Resource Panel where he acted as the secretariat’s focal point on metals. He’s also been involved in the International Network of Product Sustainability Initiatives and has given trainings on LCA Database Management and Carbon Footprinting. He’s also chairman of Policy Innovation e.V., a Berlin-based youth NGO. Philip holds a Master in Public and Private Environmental Management from FU Berlin and a Bachelor in Political Science from the University of Bremen.


    Co-Founder & CFOO of the FSLCI

  • Stefania Massari

    Stefania Massari

    Professor, University of Salento

    Stefania Massari is Professor of Commodity Sciences in the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy. She co-ordinates the degree courses in the business area of the Faculty of Economics. She holds an MSc in biology from the University of Bari, and has undertaken professional assignments for UNEP in Paris. She is a co-author of the recent book on Life Cycle Approaches to Sustainable Regional Development.


    Professor, University of Salento

Event Details

The Summer School

“Life cycle tool box for bio-economy initiatives” is the theme of the seventh International Summer School on ‘Life cycle approaches for sustainable regional development’. The summer school will be held in Leipzig, Germany, on 25-28 August 2018, organized jointly by the FSLCI and the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research, UFZ.

This Summer School is an opportunity for professionals and regional managers to learn how to extend evolving life cycle management tools into new application areas in sustainable development – in this instance in the fast-changing field of circular bio-economies. The objective is to encourage use of promising LCM tools by social partners who have not so far employed these techniques extensively. This includes regional institutions, research teams and industrial associations that wish to enhance the effectiveness of their sustainability initiatives. It is also aimed at life cycle professionals and academics interested in broadening their client base by offering new applications.

This Summer School – the 7th in the current series – addresses the growing interest in bio-economy policies as a means of promoting circular economies at regional level. In particular, it examines the influential role of life cycle methodologies in promoting a bio-economy in a holistic fashion, without producing unwanted side-effects on other societal goals such as social fabric, environment, biodiversity, industry and energy, for example. The summer school draws inspiration from a recent book “Life cycle approaches to sustainable regional development (Routledge, 2017)”. A number of the summer school faculty are authors of important chapters in this publication.

The 2018 edition of the summer school will explore topics such as materials flow analysis (MFA) and other LCA proedures that improve the planning and implementation of regional bio-economy initiatives. These include eco-footprinting, life cycle costing, social LCA, technology assessment, use of LCA in procurement of bio-matrials, and building a life cycle management toolbox for SMEs.  These instruments will be examined in the context of the current vision of circular economy and the building of a bio-based industry, using appropriate mixes of innovative policy instruments, R&D, and financial incentives. The summer school uses an interactive programme of lectures, workshops, cases studies and role-plays to explore these key issues.  Key experts will provide keynote lectures.

A preliminary 1-day refresher course in Webinar format on life cycle assessment and bio-economy will also be offered. Please check out this flyer for a preliminary overview of the planned program.

Registration Details

The Summer School is funded through students’ fees.  Lecturers and organisers are giving their time free of charge.  Fees are being kept to a minimum, covering essential meeting costs, course materials, lunches and coffee breaks, and expenses for selected international experts.  Students pay their own travel to Leipzig, budget accommodation (UFZ is negotiating preferential hotel rates in Leipzig) and meals (other than lunches). We would like to highlight that  all candidates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and insurance while in Leipzig.  Candidates from outside the EU are also responsible for their own visa (if applicable).  

Registration is open to undergraduate, doctoral, post-doctoral students and young professionals, including researchers under 35. Officials from regional institutions are also encouraged to register.
The registration fee includes admission to:

  • All courses, focus groups and workshops
  • A short course (webinar) on 21 August
  • A social event on 26 August
  • Downloadable course material
  • Access to lecturers, experts, and tutors

The full registration fee is 380€ for the 4-day Summer School.

  • Students applying ahead of the 15th of May are eligible for the Early Bird Rate of 350€
  • FSLCI members are eligible for an additional 30€ rebate on the registration fee!

Please note that whether or not ECTS points are awarded for the Summer School depends on the acceptance of our syllabus by your institution / tutor. We suggest that you check with your tutor at your home university, how many points you would get based on our published program. Given our program, we are estimating that 2-3 ECTS point could be awarded, depending on the ECTS calculation ratio that your home university applies.

We have just a few places left, register as soon as possible to save your spot! To register, simply buy the ticket at the bottom of the page!


This summer school, the seventh in the series, is co-organized by the FSLCI, the UFZ and the LCASRD Group, a group of individuals who came together in 2011 to run the first series of such events in Lecce, Italy, and subsequently enlisted further experts to enable the publication of the book Life cycle approaches to sustainable regional development (2017).  The group brings together individuals and organisations as partners to promote life cycle approaches for regions.

The University of Salento initiated the Summer School series in 2011 and remains an important partner to its conduct also in other locations. Since 2015 the Summer School has been organized as part of FSLCI’s mission and vision to support advancing life cycle knowledge globally.











This year’s Summer School is linked with the 1st Life Cycle Innovation Conference, which will take place from 29 – 31 August in Berlin, Germany.





Previous Summer Schools

As outlined previously, the Summer School has been organized many times before. Last year the Summer School took place in Luxembourg in the context of LCM 2017. Below you find a short video that summarizes the Summer School.

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350€ Early Bird | 380€ Regular | 30€ Rebate for FSLCI members

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