Your Host

Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering (INaB).

The 8th International Conference of S-LCA is hosted by the Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule (RWTH Aachen University), Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering (INaB).

The Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering (INaB) started its work at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at RWTH Aachen University on 1 June 2017.

Since then, the INaB has been dealing with thematic fields of environmental protection and sustainable development. The protection of our planet and its sustainable development are on the political agenda, but the implementation of these goals is still a major challenge in daily practice.

The tasks of our international and agile team include sustainability assessment and research to implement methods that contribute to measuring and improving sustainability performance, e.g. in the areas of buildings, mobility, food and textile industries. In doing so, we aim to contribute to societal change so that future societies and ecosystems can coexist resiliently and in harmony.

As a part of the Life Cycle Initiative 4th Phase, INaB is working as a Co-Chair on the Revisions of the Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marzia Traverso is the convener and project leader for the development of the ISO on Social Life Cycle Assessment.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marzia Traverso

Head of Institute

Prof. Dr. Marzia Traverso, full professor and head of Chair and Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering in RWTH Aachen since 1 June 2017. PhD of Environmental Technical Physics of University of Palermo, and environmental engineer, working in the field of Life Cycle Assessment and sustainability performance of building and transport sector and strategic environmental assessment to the transportation urban systems. In 2020 nominated expert and member of:

  • Technical Advisory Board on Environmental Footprint’ (Expert group E03710), PEF EU.
  • Rapporteur of the Technical Working Group of the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance.
  • Convener and Project leader of the ISO 14075 on social life cycle assessment

Her knowledge on LCSA is built in 20 years of experience starting with her master thesis in LCA of aluminium Profile. After her PhD, from August 2008 to October 2011, she was post doc. scientific assistant and lecturer at the Chair of Sustainability Engineering of Technische Universitaet Berlin, main research topics were the Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment and Social Life Cycle Assessment. From Nov. 2011 to March 2016, she was project manager at the research and innovation centre of BMW Group. She was responsible of the sustainability performance and LCA of several cars, such as: BMW i3, BMW i8, 7series. From May 2016 to April 2017 Scientific Officer at European Commission, JRC Seville in Product Bureau, responsible of the development of criteria for GPP on Street Lighting and Traffic signals, GPP of Transport and Framework for Building Sector, Level(s).

Author and co-author of several scientific papers in journal such as Sustainability, Int. Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Ecology. Subject editor in Social life cycle Assessment in the Int. Journal of LCA. Member of several editorial board such as: Int. Journal of LCA, Sustainable Development, Resources. Founder of a Non-Profit Organization “iSuD – Information for Sustainable Development” for disseminating sustainability concept among Italian consumers. President of Director board of the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation – FSLCI, and Chair of (Technical Listening) Global Listening Centre.Member of the Advisory Board of Madaster Foundation.

Research topics: Sustainability Assessment in theory & practice, Social Sustainability and Sustainability Assessment


RWTH Aachen University

With more than 47,000 students, the Rhenish-Westphalian Technical University of Aachen (RWTH Aachen University) is the largest university for technical courses in Germany. It has been part of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments since 2007 and was again successfully selected as one of 10 German universities in 2019.

RWTH Aachen University is a place where the future of our industrialised world is envisioned. The university is proving to be an increasingly internationally perceived hotspot where innovative answers to global challenges are being developed. Almost 12,500 people with international backgrounds currently study here, coming from more than 130 countries.

In the middle of Aachen, close to the border triangle of Germany/Belgium/Netherlands, an innovative knowledge community is being created that is strongly networked with leading global research and industry partners. RWTH Aachen University is the main driving force behind this development and its prospects. Aachen as a liveable and lovable city at the intersection of three cultures with its rich history offers an optimal environment for this creative centre.

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About the Venue and accommodation

Forum M

The 8th S-LCA conference will be held in a central yet unique location, in one of the most beautiful squares of our imperial city, the largest event and conference hall in the old town: the Forum M. It is located on one of the most historic rooftops of the city, just above the Mayersche bookstore, which has a tradition of more than 200 years.

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Where to Stay: Hotel Recommendation

Aachen offers many accommodation options, some of which are listed here.

Your contact person regarding content

Rebecca Todzey
Institut für Nachhaltigkeit im Bauwesen (INaB)
Mies-van-der-Rohe-Str. 1 | D-52074 Aachen
Tel.: +49 (0)241  80-22760

Your contact person regarding organizational matters

Julia Breuer
RWTH International Academy
Campus-Boulevard 30 | D-52074 Aachen
Tel.: +49 (0)241  80-97861