Advances in life cycle assessment, 5 HEC

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This course is a collaboration between the research school Sustainable Biomass Systems at SLU and Swedish Life Cycle Center. The course is partly funded by the Swedish Energy Agency through Re:Source.


The course objectives are to give PhD students a deeper understanding of life cycle assessment (LCA) and related tools, including knowledge on state-of-the-art research in selected areas, to disseminate the expertise of Swedish senior LCA researchers to a new generation of PhD students, and to help the PhD students create an informal network of young LCA researchers.

Outline of Content

This course gives an in-depth orientation of LCA. It includes a broad range of LCA-related topics: the methodology, its application, its relation to other assessment tools, its role in decision-processes, etc.

The course combines seminars led by a senior LCA researcher, and lectures or seminars given by the students. The seminars led by senior researchers will go into depth in their areas of expertise. This includes purely methodological aspects as well as applications in various sectors.

Each student will prepare and give a lecture or seminar that focusses on their research project. This contributes to creating an informal network of PhD students and young researchers. The student lectures should describe how the PhD project fits in the area of LCA-related research, how it relates to previous research in the area, and what knowledge gap(s) it addresses. The student should also bring an unresolved problem or question to the lecture, a question that the other students can discuss in connection to the lecture.

Outline of Schedule

A half day introduction in mid-October (Wednesday Oct 17th at 13:00-17:00), followed by several weeks of preparations at home, and an intensive week of seminars and lectures December 3rd to 7th, 2018.


The introduction will be held at the Gothenburg office of IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Aschebergsgatan 44, Gothenburg. It will be possible to take part in the introduction through video from SLU in Uppsala or from locations arranged by the student.

The week of seminars and lectures will be held in Gothenburg, at Chalmers University of Technology.

Required previous knowledge

Undergraduate or graduate LCA course, significant experience from the use of LCA, or similar.




The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 25 students.

Exam requirements

  • Presence at 75% of lectures and seminars, and active participation in the discussions.
  • Adequate oral presentation of the PhD project


The course is now full.

Time: 2018-10-17 13:00 - 17:00
City: Gothenburg
Last signup date: 17 September 2018
Additional info:

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Course leaders

Tomas Ekvall
IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet och Chalmers tekniska högskola

Torun Hammar
Dept. of Energy and Technology, SLU
Phone: +46 (0)18-67 18 30


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