LCA Symposium

Event Type: 
Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 8:30am to 12:30pm
School of Public Health Bldg I. Rooms 1680 & 1655
Event Sponsor: 
School of Public Health
Risk Science Center
College of Engineering
Center for Sustainable Systems
Graham Enviornmental Sustainability Institute

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has gained importance in the recent years, both in terms of methodological research and its application in all sectors of the economy. Assessing impacts of products over their whole life cycle has become a key step for effective improvements towards sustainability.

University of Michigan (U of M) has a unique record of achievements in Life Cycle Research among North American Academic Institutions with more than 20 years of research experience in Life Cycle Inventories, Impact Assessment, Input-Output and Life Cycle Costing applied to a diverse variety of topics for instance sustainable materials, buildings, transportation, energy, food, and consumer products. This research has been carried out throughout several laboratories and schools across the campus including the School of Natural Resources, the School of Public Health, the College of Engineering and the Ross School of Business.

To foster the interaction between U of M researchers and further stimulate the emergence of innovative and interdisciplinary research in life cycle related areas, we invite you to join an intensive interactive ½ day Symposium on Life Cycle Research that will take place on May 31, 2012. Please register using the enclosed link, come and present your current research and your ideas for future developments.


School of Public Health Bldg I. Rooms 1680 & 1655

Room 1680 is the main community room through the glass doors in the front lobby of SPH I. Room1655 is an auditorium located to the right of the front entrance and just past the glass enclosed study rooms.

- 8:00am Registration, poster set-up (room1680).

- 8:30am Welcome and introductory presentation on the state of the research, and history of U of M's contribution in LCA (Greg Keoleian, room 1655).

- 8:45am Interactive poster session grouped by life cycle applications (building and energy, transportation and (bio)fuels, materials and consumer products, food and agriculture) and life cycle methodologies (inventory, impact assessment, life cycle costing, input/output)

 a) Poster highlights for selected posters: short 2 min oral presentation with 2 slides (30min, room1655).
b) Poster session with presenters at their posters (1hr, room 1680).

c) Interactive discussion (30 min, room 1680).

- 11:00am Cutting edge LCA research/vision for the future: Steve Skerlos – CoE, Ming Xu & Shelie Miller – SNRE,Olivier Jolliet – SPH. (room1655).

- 12:00pm General Discussion (room 1655)

- 12:30pm End

Please click on the link below to fill in the form to propose a poster abstract or a "stimulus" statement and send it to each participant is invited to actively contribute! Submission deadline: 
May 20, 2012

Download Poster/Stimulus statement submission form here
*If you have any issues downloading the submission form please email

For any other question, please contact Prof. Olivier Jolliet, EHS/SPH,

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