The course is organized by The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design, Aalborg University and Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA), in collaboration with the International Life Cycle Academy (ILCA)

Description The course aims at strengthening skills in life cycle inventory analysis. The course targets the development of advanced competences in LCA by applying the problem based-learning (PBL) teaching model that focuses on learning by doing and reflection. The course activities will include intensive group work, problem defining and solving applied to real-word cases, practical exercises, and discussion sessions or workshops. The target audience of the course is academics (PhDs, postdoc, other) or professionals who already have basic experience with LCA and intend to bring their LCA competences to an advanced level. Basic experience means for example having carried out simple LCAs before or having elementary knowledge of LCA theory. The course content is organized in three modules (main teacher in parenthesis).

Module 1. Intro to advanced LCA (Massimo Pizzol)                In this hands-on module students will learn the how to use the software Brightway2 that is specific for LCA research. Topics covered: Computational structure of LCA. Uncertainty analysis with stochastic error propagation (Monte Carlo) and statistical testing of LCA results. LCA reproducibility and data sharing. The module includes exercises.

Module 2. Consequential LCA (Bo Weidema)                           Students will learn the fundamentals of Consequential LCA. Topics covered: Introduction to attributional and consequential models. Algorithms for performing consequential LCA in the definition of functional unit, consumption mix, and identification of determining and dependent co-products. Modelling of indirect Land Use Changes (iLUC). Communicating consequential models. The module includes exercises.

Module 3. Input output LCA (Jannick Schmidt)                        Students will learn the fundamentals of Input-Output modelling. Topics covered: supply-use tables, multi-regional models and trade linking. Integrating process LCA and IO-analysis via hybrid LCA, tiered and embedded. Expanding the IO-matrix to include the natural, social and economic environment. The module includes exercises.

Preliminary programme

Thu 9 May


Fri 10 May


Sat 11 May

Sun 12 May

Mon 13 May


Tue 14 May


Wed 15 May


Thu 16 May


Module 1 LCA intro

Module 1 LCA intro



Module 2

Conseq LCA

Module 2 Conseq LCA

Module 3 IO LCA

Module 3



ECTS Distribution

The five ECTS credits of the course are divided roughly in this way:





Lectures and group work in class






Group work prior to course



Group work after course






*One ECTS credit is equivalent to 27.5 hours of work


Activities: Includes attending to the lectures and performing exercises in class.

Readings: Approx. 100 pages of scientific articles and reports that are provided to the students, plus python tutorials.

Group work: students work in groups (max 5 people). Each group will work on a case study and apply the knowledge of the course on the case study.

EXAMPLE, a group works on an LCA of a product and does:

  • prior to the course: choice of product and data mining, getting base knowledge and data to describe the product system.
  • during the course (exercises in class): consequential inventory with matrix format, IO LCA inventory, inclusion of iLUC, inclusion of social impacts, etc.
  • after the course: organize the material and prepare a portfolio/article where all the techniques are presented for the case study.

Eventually, all portfolios are made available. Each student will thus get the info on five different cases. Students should be able to organize themselves using online tools (skype, dropbox etc) to collaborate in group remotely prior and after the course.


Registration and info               Please apply via mail to the course organizer Massimo Pizzol ( You must provide the following information in the email: Full name / Profession (PhD student, postdoc, consultant…) / Institution name / Address / email address / Phone nr / your research field or Phd topic / your experience with LCA




PhD students affiliated to a Danish University


PhD students not affiliated to a Danish University

3.000 DKK (400 EUR)

Academics   (e.g. postdoc and professors)

6.000   DKK (800   EUR)

Professionals (consultancy, industry, etc.)

15.000 DKK (2000 EUR)

* Prices do not cover meals, accommodation, and social dinner

Payment: Please find link to payment here  (payment no later than 8 April).

Time: May 9-16, 2019

Place: Aalborg University, Rendsburggade 14, room no 3.465

City: 9000  Aalborg

Number of seats: 25

Registration deadline: April 1, 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses:  We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations