Welcome to Advanced LCA – Consequential Modeling, EIO-LCA, iLUC and Social LCA



The course is organized by the Doctoral School of Engineering And Science, Aalborg University and Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment (DCEA) www.DCEA.dk, in collaboration with the International Life Cycle Academy (ILCA) www.ILCA.es



The course aims at strengthening skills in life cycle inventory analysis. The course introduces to advanced inventory modelling using the techniques of consequential LCA and input-output (IO) LCA. The students will apply algorithms for performing consequential LCA in the definition of functional unit, consumption mix, and identification of determining and dependent co-products. The course will bring the above mentioned theories further into practice on two specific cases: modelling of indirect Land Use Changes (iLUC) and socio-economic impacts. The course targets the development of advanced competences in LCA by applying the problem based-learning (PBL) teaching method. Following the PBL 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 course is organized in five consecutive days of full-time activities (09:00-16:00). When including readings and group work assignments, the total course workload corresponds to 5 ECTS (1 ETCS = 25 hours of work for the student). Optionally, participants can choose to write a paper based on their PhD project and combining the know-how developed during the course, that will be reviewed by the course lecturers. The submission of the paper will have deadline approximately 10 weeks after the last day of the course. Choosing this option will correspond to obtaining additional 3 ECTS.

Preliminary program

Day 1-2: Consequential modelling in life cycle inventory

Day 3: Input-output modelling

Day 4-5: Modelling of indirect land use changes and new perspectives in Life cycle impact assessment


Bo Weidema, Professor

Jannick Schmidt, Associate Professor

Søren Løkke, Associate professor

Massimo Pizzol, Associate professor

Registration and info: Student can register by contacting the course organizer Massimo Pizzol, email: massimo@plan.aau.dk

ECTS Distribution: The 5 ECTS credits of the course are divided approximately in this way:




Lectures   and group work in class






Group   work prior to course



Group   work after course






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.

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. etc. 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 on moodle. 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.


PhD students affiliated to a Danish University



PhD students not affiliated to a Danish University

3.000 DKK

(400 EUR)

3.750 DKK

(500 EUR)

Academics (e.g. postdoc and professors)

6.000 DKK

(800 EUR)

7.500 DKK

(1000 EUR)

Professionals (consultancy, industry, etc.)

15.000 DKK

(2000 EUR)

18.750 DKK

(2500 EUR)

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

Organizer: Associate Professor Massimo Pizzol, email: massimo@plan.aau.dk

ECTS: 5 or 8

Time: May 29 – June 2, 2017

Place: Aalborg University, Rendsburggade 14

Zip code: 9000

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 25

Deadline: 1 May 2017


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.