Short courses

On 26 November 2012, a range of short courses will be proposed at the Symposium, upon sufficient number of participants. So far, the following courses are planned:

  • Modelling human and ecosystems impacts for life-cycle assessment: the USEtox model
  • EcoSpold 2 data format and creating datasets in the free ecoEditor tool
  • LCA modelling of solid waste management systems

Information about fees and registrations for the courses are available down the page.

1. Modelling human and ecosystems impacts for life-cycle assessment: the USEtox model

The aim of this course is to introduce participants to the exposure science methods used in life-cycle and comparative risk assessment. The participants will learn to use and evaluate basic tools for mass-balance, fate modeling, and intake fraction estimation based on the example of USEtox. Participants will come away with knowledge of basic concepts of exposure science for chemical impact assessment and be able to perform their own assessment using the USEtox model and interpret results.

A full description of the course, including details of the programme and practicalities, can be downloaded here. 

Required materials: participants are required to bring their own computer.

Course instructor: Ralph K. Rosenbaum, DTU, Denmark 

2. EcoSpold 2 data format and creating datasets in the free ecoEditor tool 

The ecospold2 data format for Life Cycle Inventory data is an update of the proven and successful ecospold format and offers many new possibilities for data storage and modeling. These include the flexible use of mathematical relations, flow properties and parameters within datasets. The ecoinvent centre is using the ecospold2 format for its new version 3 and has created a freeware tool, the EcoEditor, to allow anyone the creation and viewing of ecospold2 datasets. The tool also offers many automated support features to validate and error-check datasets. The short course will introduce the new features of ecospold2 and the ecoEditor tool, and course participants will learn to use the tool with practical examples demonstrating the new techniques.

A full description of the course, including details of the programme and practicalities, can be downloaded here.

Required materials: participants are required to bring their own computer.

Course instructor: Gregor Wernet, ecoinvent centre, Switzerland

3. LCA modelling of solid waste management systems

The aim of this course is to introduce participants to the LCA modelling of municipal solid waste (MSW) management systems and explain why dedicated LCA waste models are being developed to handle this area. The participants will be introduced to different technologies for treatment of MSW and how they are modelled in a LCA perspective. Focus will be on issues of importance for a correct modelling of different waste types where physical and chemical speciation and how the flow pathways plays a large role. Participants will come away with knowledge of basic concepts of waste LCA modelling and what critical modelling aspects are. The EASETECH model currently being developed at DTU Environment will be used to exemplify modelling aspects. It is expected that the course participants have a general understanding of LCA as the focus will be the interchange of waste and LCA.

A full description of the course, including details of the programme and practicalities, can be downloaded here.

Required materials: none

Course instructor: Anders Damgaard, DTU, Denmark

Registration fees

SETAC member

139 €

SETAC student member

59 €

non-member

199 €

student non-member

89 €


The registration fees for courses include attendance to the course, course materials and coffee break.

How to register

We strongly encourage early registration for short courses in order to avoid disappointment, as (1) the number of registrations for some courses are limited and (2) the final decision on whether the short course will be programmed at the meeting will depend on the number of registrations received by 15 September. If you have not registered by that date, we might need to cancel the course you are interested in due to lack of registrations.

  • You can register for one of the short courses + the meeting (go to the registration page).
  • You are already registered for the meeting and you would like to add a short course to your registration? No problem, please contact the SETAC office.

Would you have any questions on short courses, please contact the SETAC office.