Winter school “Life Cycle Assessment - fundamentals and practise with OpenLCA" - January 20-24, Nantes (France)

Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

This winter school is organized by IFSTTAR and IRSTEA, supported by EcoSD network, and hosted by the Scientific and Technical Research Institute on City (IRSTV). It is opened to 15 students from EcoSD network, IRSTV federation as well as to international collaborators of IRSTV, especially ISIE.

The winter school is supervised by Dr. Anne Ventura, who is researcher at French Sciences and Technological Research Institute for Transports Planning and Networks (IFSTTAR).

PREREQUISITES: Master 2 students as minimum level. For beginners, no basic knowledge of Life Cycle Assessment is needed.

OBJECTIVES. Context : Many education programs propose Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) courses but they are currently restricted to few hours and correspond more to an initiation or an introduction to LCA than to an actual competence. However, with current and upcoming new regulations, the professional world requires not only more and more competences in LCA, but also those competences to be shared by collaborators from different educational backgrounds and professional activities. Indeed, collaborative and transdisciplinary working conditions are necessary for LCA studies in order to get relevant and in-depth results. Learning objectives: this course aims at bringing fundamentals knowledge on LCA method to students from various educational backgrounds, as well as at ability to conduct an LCA study with OpenLCA open source software. The teaching conditions favors collaborative work. Practical work relies upon the use of a numerical application allowing students to be autonomous, to self-test and progress at their individual rhythm.

TEACHING STAFF. Anne Ventura (researcher at IFSTTAR) and Lynda Aissani (researcher at IRSTEA)

REGISTRATION: free but mandatory before December 19th. Contact me for detailed program and registration procedure.