Our Summer School

The summer school will be organized under the theme “Bio-economy and the food life cycle – A life cycle management toolbox for sustainable regional food and biomass” from 21 September to 8 October 2020. Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, LCSS 2020 will take place this year as a virtual summer school!

The 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 developing a deeper understanding of the bio-economy and food life cycle related issues. 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 2020 is also aimed at life cycle professionals and academics interested in broadening their client base by offering new applications.

This Summer School – the 9th in the current series – addresses the growing interest in the sustainability issues associated with food consumption and production as a means of promoting regional sustainable development. In particular, it examines the influential role of life cycle methodologies in ensuring the sustainability of bio-economy initiatives and projects that seek to enhance the sustainability of the food sector. 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 summer school uses an interactive programme of lectures, workshops, cases studies and role-plays to explore key issues. The 2020 edition of the summer school will explore various topics under the following four themes:

  • Food and biomass in a sustainable world
  • Bio-economy and sustainable development: life-cycle challenges
  • The story of food – upstream and downstream look at the food cycle
  • Towards a life cycle management toolbox for food and biomass: Synthesis

The latest LCSS flyer can be downloaded below. A more structured overview of the program will be published in Mid-July.

Registration Details

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 virtual courses, focus groups, webinars, workshops and networking events
  • Downloadable course material
  • Access to lecturers, experts, and tutors

The full registration fee is 200€ for the Summer School.

  • Students applying ahead of the 31st of July are eligible for the Early Bird Rate of 150€
  • 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 program by your institution / tutor. We suggest that you check with your tutor at your home university, how many points you would get based on the final program, which will be published in Mid-July 2020. Given that this year’s LCSS 2020 is taking place virtually with a reduced program, we are estimating that 1 ECTS point could be awarded, depending on the ECTS calculation ratio that your home university applies.

Apply Now!

Please use the form below to apply for this year’s LCSS 2020. We will review applications on a rolling basis. Eligibility for the Early Bird rebate is based on the date of application. Please note that we only accept a total of 30 participants. Once at least 12 students have been accepted, we will enable the final registration and payment process.


This summer school, the ninth in the series, is organized by the FSLCI. 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.

The Summer School is organized in collaboration with and right ahead of the 12th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Food, the bi-annual conference that brings together more than 400 scholars and practitioners from 40+ countries working in academia, industry, and public institutions. More information is available at: https://lcafood2020.com

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