Summer school in sustainable materials

École d'été du CERMA en matériaux durables

The CERMA summer school is intended for all CERMA members. It will allow you:

  • to introduce you to sustainable development
  • to acquire tools to better integrate sustainability issues into your research projects
  • to acquire useful skills for your future career
  • to think about the impact of materials and how to make them more sustainable

This school consists of presentations and workshops. The approach is intended to be global and integrates social and environmental aspects (life cycle analysis, environmental and social impacts of raw materials and waste, ethical aspects, role and impact of technology in sustainable development).

  • When: Thursday 9 (full day) and Friday 10 May (morning) 2024
  • Location: room 2320-2330 of the H.-G. Kruger Pavilion
  • Registration: Registration is free but required. The deadline is May 1 at noon.

A certificate of participation will be given to all participants at the end of the School.

Thursday dinner and coffee breaks are free.

Presentations will be given in French.


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Thursday May 9

8h30 | Reception

9h00 | Welcome word

             Élodie Boisselier, Pr, Director of CERMA

9h05 | Presentation of the Summer School

             Thierry Lefèvre, CERMA coordinator

9h10 | “Pour que dure le développement”

             Daniel Forget, VRAIDD, UL

9h45 | Overview of the advanced materials sector in industry

                Sébastien Garbarino, Prima-Québec

10h20 | Coffee break

10h40 | Environmental pressure from material consumption

              Thierry Lefèvre, CERMA, UL

11h15 | Measurement of environmental impact

              Anne Bernard, Department of Wood and Forest Sciences, UL

11h50 | Lunch

13h15 | Tools for life cycle analysis

                Robert Beauregard, Department of Wood and Forest Sciences, UL

13h50 | Eco conception

                Claudia Déméné, Claudia Després and al., School of Design, UL

14h25 | Coffee break

14h35 | Workshop| Minimize the environmental impacts of materials

16h00 | End

Friday May 10

8h30 | Reception

8h45 | Sustainable development strategies for a company: Soprema

             Pierre-André Lebeuf, Sustainable Development Manager, Soprema

9h20 | Organizational and social issues of technological innovation

             Stéphane Roche, Department of Geomatic Sciences

9h55 | Coffee break

10h10 | Ethics in research and innovation

              Marie-Hélène Parizeau, Faculty of Philosophy, UL

10h45 | Workshop| Towards sustainability: beyond the environmental footprint

12h15 | End

Sustainable Materials Summer School Program

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The Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development launched in 2015 in the wake of the Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012. There are 17 in number, and accompanied by 169 targets and 244 indicators, the SDGs constitute a framework that guides international action to improve the quality of life of populations, while maintaining the capacity of ecosystems to support all forms of life. The SDGs address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice.

Action plan on environmental responsibility in research

Contributing to the protection of the environment is a duty that transcends all sectors of society, including the scientific community. To support members of the scientific community through this responsibility, the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) launched the Action Plan on Environmental Responsibility in Research on January 26, 2021, Les Fonds de recherche du Québec. See the Action Plan.