Our Summer School
This year’s summer summer school with the theme “Life cycle toolbox for regional circular economy” will be held in Berlin, Germany, on 28 August – 1 September 2019. 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 context of supporting the development of a circular economy. The objective is to encourage use of promising LCM tools by stakeholders 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. LCSS 2019 is also aimed at life cycle professionals and academics interested in broadening their client base by offering new applications.
This Summer School – the 8th in the current series – addresses the growing interest in the circular economy as a means of promoting regional sustainable development. In particular, it examines the influential role of life cycle methodologies in creating a circular economy 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 the 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 2019 edition of the summer school will explore topics such as materials flow analysis (MFA) and other LCA procedures that improve the planning and implementation of regional circular economy strategies. These include eco-footprinting, life cycle costing, social LCA, technology assessment, use of LCA in procurement, and building a life cycle management toolbox for SMEs. These instruments will be examined in the context of the current vision of circular economy, 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.
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 Berlin, accommodation and meals (other than lunches). We would like to highlight that all candidates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and insurance while in Berlin. 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 social event on 31 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 (will be published in Q1 of 2019) 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 usual program, we are estimating that 2-3 ECTS point could be awarded, depending on the ECTS calculation ratio that your home university applies.
Please use the form below to apply for this year’s LCSS 2019. We will review applications on a rolling basis. Eligibility for the Early Bird rebate is based on the date of application. Please note that once a minimum number of 12 students have been accepted, we will enable the final registration process.