It is the pleasure of InScite to announce its Online Course on Life Cycle Assessment. The course is developed and organized by the University of Maastricht.
Life Cycle Assessment is a versatile technique to quantify sustainability impacts and compare different solutions to enable selection and further development of the most sustainable options. This course is first of its kind giving engineers, chemists, researchers working in industry or academia an introduction into Life Cycle Assessment, its uses and its importance in decision making. After completion of the course the participants should be able to comprehend what LCA is and to assess quality and impact of existing studies.


    Introduction into Life Cycle Assessment

    Understand and interpret Life Cycle Assessment results

    Evaluate strengths and weakness of an Life Cycle Assessment study


8 weeks course designed to train young professionals to LCA, its uses and its importance in decision making. The course is an ideal blend of e-learning modules and weekly online group discussion. The course will start and conclude with an in-house meeting at the department of BioBased Materials, on Brightlands Chemelot Campus.


The course is made of 6 modules. They will be articulated around the set-up of a LCA case study and will address the following topics.

  1. Background of life cycle assessment: An introduction to LCA methods and standards, LCA framework: Life cycle assessment involves a 4 stage process. Goal and Scope definition, Inventory analysis, Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA), and Interpretation.
  2. Case study presentation: A case study to explore Life cycle Assessment and its basic principles and uses will be used as the backbone of the course. In this session, the case study is introduced.
  3. Environmental indicators: This session will focus environmental indicators, such as global warming potential, eutrophication, acidification, water depletion, metal depletion etc. We will provide an overview of what each of the main indicators means, how they happen and what types of impacts and damage they could cause. This part of the course uses a lot of engaging and visual content.
  4. Life Cycle Impact Assessment: In this session, the four LCIA phase are presented. First, the notion of midpoint and endpoint modelling and its importance to understand and interpreting results is introduced. Second, the systematic modelling procedure through the fate, exposure and effects of the chemical for the assessment of the impacts of emissions are presented.
  5. Data and tools: This session will provide you with an overview of the main inventories and software packages.
  6. Interpreting results: LCA results can be presented various ways and their interpretation is not always straightforward. In this session we will provide some examples of LCA results to show how you need to take care in how results are presented and interpreted.


Who can join?

The course is specially developed for PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, industrial and academic staff/employees/employers, industrial PhD, basically everybody interested with a sufficient background in natural sciences.
The course is intended for people with no previous LCA experience.

Fees There is no enrolment fee to join this course for InSciTe partners; if you are not a partner and you are interested please contact
Requirements Participants should have access to the computer system with internet facility. Participants should have access to a webcam and headphones to take part in the online discussions.
Assessments Each learning module will end with a small assignement which will contribute to the final assignement. For the final assignement will be a pitch, where each student will present a critical review of a peer review lca study.
No of participants 8-24 participants
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