Learning Factory Ecodesign

Next ecodesign training will take place on the 12th and 13th of October 2017 in Berlin - apply here


  • General Information


    How to develop circular economy systems? Our training is based on learning by doing. You will practice circular system thinking in order to solve a complex ecodesign challenge in a multi-disciplinary team. This means that you will use effective ecodesign methods and practices to develop a meaningful product or service for users, while minimizing its environmental footprint and developing a sustainable circular economy business model for it. On top of this you will get some insights into manufacturing processes in order to find out, how you can influence the environmental impact in production through your design decisions.

    Whom is it for?


    The Learning Factory Ecodesign targets at working product designers and developers, engineers, teachers, design lecturers, start-ups, SMEs, business model developers – in general, actors who are interested in learning how to adopt ecodesign practices and profit from the opportunities arising around the circular economy.

    The methodology


    Participants will go through an Ecodesign Sprint. The Ecodesign Sprint is a process that marries the best of user-centered innovation and design thinking with sustainable design practices - divided into the five distinct phases Discover, Define, Develop, Deliver and Validate. We have adapted the Design Sprint methodology and integrated ecodesign practices and lifecycle thinking. Design thinking was developed by IDEO and Stanford’s design school and utilized by Google Ventures Design Sprint Methods.

    Ecodesign basics and craft a challenge to provide focus to the rest of the sprint.
    Understand the needs and challenges.
    Define the problem: Translating research insights into opportunities for Design.
    Ideate: Generate ideas for solutions for the problem.
    Prototype it in the Circular Lifecycle Canvas by looking at the whole system. Build the solution.
    Track learnings and validate it. Build the Circular Business Model.

    What happened so far?


    The training was developed within the EU-project EcoDesign Circle by ecodesign experts from Fraunhofer IZM and Circular Devices during 2016 and 2017 commissioned by the German Environment Agency.
    A test run with students took place on 19th of June 2017 at the Fraunhofer IZM in Berlin. In a one-day Ecodesign Sprint we successfully tested new tools and methods for generating environmentally friendly innovations, i.e. “ecovations". The teams created impressive results by prototyping circular systems by using a circular lifecycle canvas. Based on this they developed circular business models to maximize the business impact and customer value of their systems.

  • Opinions from the test run, June 2017

    »... really loved the tools like interviewing, individual brainstorming etc. ...

    »... It was really good insight into design process. Also looking at business model / environmental impact etc. was good because it is so important to look at different angles ...

    »... Really needed it to start a project. Awesome insights ...

    »... The workshop gave some good guidelines but also showed how complex the process is. The topic was totally new to me so it was quite overwhelming ...

    »... The final sprints were very interesting because they made me aware of all the aspects that should be considered when doing Ecodesign ...

    Opinions 2

    » ... understanding the whole creative process all the way to the final business model ...

    » ... A lot about Circular Economy, team work, developing ideas together ...

    »... Key learning for me is: An ecological idea which improves sustainability needs also to have a business plan ...

  • Oct 2017

    The next pilot training for professionals will take place on the 12th to the 13th of October 2017 (two half days) at the Fraunhofer IZM in Berlin - apply here.

    This pilot training is free of charge. We invite professionals from SMEs, start-ups, corporates and universities who are interested in Circular Economy. The training will be moderated in English (and German) by eco-design experts from Circular Devices and Fraunhofer IZM.

    Places are limited. We will let you know mid-September whether you can participate and send you more details.

    Other trainings

    Other pilots will follow during 2017 and 2018 – taking place at the EcoDesign Circle project partners in the Baltic Sea Region. You will find the dates and invitation on this website.

    In case you are interested in an individual training for your company, your organization, your association or other interest groups, feel free to contact us and we can discuss the content and conditions.

  • Contact
    Any more Questions? Get in touch with us!

    Max Marwede, PhD
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    +49 (0)30 46403 7989

    Tapani Jokinen
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    +358 40 554 6616

    Christian Clemm
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    +49 (0)30 46403-7983