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Advances in environmental life cycle modelling (RSS3-04.01) - Sold out

Focused on understanding the strengths and limitations of determining environmental impacts of a product with Life Cycle Assessment methods, this course will provide you state-of- art insights in inventory modelling, input-output modelling, and impact assessment modeling and methods.

Duration: Two-weeks.


    This course is sold out

    This course focuses on understanding the strengths, limitations and potential pitfalls of determining environmental impacts of a product with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methods. 

    The course will provide you state-of-the-art insights in both inventory modelling (obtaining emission and resource extraction quantities) and impact assessment (determining effects of your emissions and extractions). 

    The core of the course addresses the modelling of product systems and larger production-consumption networks. For the inventory modelling, it includes recent advances related to the adaptation of input-output techniques and data, allocation issues, attributional and consequential LCA, and the treatment of recycling. The impact assessment covers new insights in impact category and damage-oriented approaches. Starting with general cause-effect chain modelling, at least one impact category, is investigated in depth. Attention is also paid to the areas of protection and spatial variability related to the effects.

    Dealing with different types of uncertainties in LCA modelling and performing an uncertainty assessment is part of the course. New developments will be highlighted throughout the course.

    Starting date

    01 July 2024, 9 am
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    01 July 2024, 9 am - 12 July 2024, 5 pm
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    Radboud Summer School

    Startdate: 1 July 2024, 9 am - 12 July 2024, 5 pm
    ECTS credits: 4 ECTS. For more information see credits and certificate.

    Course programme

    Education forms used are in the form of lectures and in small groups you will work on assignments, where you will investigate inventory and impact assessment processes with, a.o. matlab and excel on your own laptop. This, under guidance of experts in input-output and inventory modelling, impact assessment, uncertainty and variability assessments, i.e. Edgar Hertwich and Francesca Verones from NTNU, Norway, and Koen Kuipers and Rosalie van Zelm from Radboud University.

    Before the start of the course you are asked to prepare and read through the material. You are asked to do a simple modelling exercise to have a head start during the scheduled course weeks.

    2-week course

    Please be aware that this is a 2-week course. This means you can join the social activities during these 2 weeks.

    • Weekly schedule and social events

      The weekly programme of Radboud Summer School is carefully designed for the best experience. On this page you will find the timetables and social events.

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    Nature, Climate and Sustainability

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    Rosalie van Zelm

    Rosalie van Zelm

    Rosalie van Zelm is an associate professor at the Environmental Science department at Radboud University. Her research focuses on the advancement of methods to quantify ecosystem and human health impacts from anthropogenic inputs to and outputs from the environment, related to the life cycle of products and technologies. Uncertainty and variability in these methods are an important pillar, as well as a circular economy context and application in sustainability assessments. She was involved in the development of the ReCiPe and LC-IMPACT methodologies.

    Francesca Verones

    Francesca Verones

    Francesca Verones is Professor at the Industrial ecology Programme of NTNU. Her work centers around developing life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) models to quantify human impacts on our ecosystems.

    Edgar Hertwich

    Edgar Hertwich

    Edgar Hertwich is International Chair in Industrial Ecology at NTNU and professor at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering. He is a member of the International Resource Panel and the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change. His most recent research addressed material efficiency in buildings and cars. Hertwich currently investigates the role of resource efficiency to address the ecological crisis.

    Koen Kuipers

    Koen Kuipers

    Koen Kuipers is assistant professor at Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands). His expertise is in quantifying biodiversity responses to global environmental change corresponding to human activities.

    This course is sold out  


    • Regular: €1800 (application deadline 15th of May)
    • PhD & PostDoc: €1200 (application deadline 15th of May)

    Includes: your course, coffee and tea during breaks, a warm lunch every day, Official Opening, Official Closing (with some drinks and snacks).

    Excludes: transport, accommodation, social events and other costs. 

    Discounts and Scholarships


    Level of participant: 

    • PhD
    • Postdoc 
    • Professional

    Admission requirements: A basic knowledge of university-level mathematics/statistics is required, as well as an interest in modelling. No experience in matlab is required, learning this is embedded in the course preparation.

    Admission documents: 

    • CV

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