FOR WHO: The course aims at professionals working with or affected by ongoing sustainability transitions. For example, the course targets professionals such as:
Those who work with environmental policy related business development and sustainability practice in larger corporations. Examples of typical sectors include transport, energy, food and manufacturing.
Civil servants within authorities or municipal operations who are responsible for issues with climate relevance or circular economy.
Professionals working with development cooperations, or in intergovernmental organizations with related issues.
Applied researchers who want to get an introduction to the subjects.
WHAT AND WHY: In this course your invited to learn from the experience and knowledge of a world-leading expert in environmental policy instruments (Thomas Sterner) who, with the help of pedagogical experts, has cherry-picked content from a master's course at Chalmers and tailored the course structure for you as a professional. In the wake of the increased pace of ongoing sustainability transitions, environmental policies are becoming more comprehensive, complex and stringent. The purpose of this course is to give professionals an introduction to the portfolio of environmental policy instruments and equip them with tools to understand the mechanisms of the respective instruments and learn to work strategically with them in their own practice. The course will focus on topics such as climate change, the circular economy, and the energy crisis. To learn from the experience of thought leaders from several major industries, you will be able to view interviews with experts who talk about the role and implications of policies to their work and the sustainability transitions of their industry.
WHEN AND HOW: All parts of the course are free of charge, and you choose when and at what pace you want to complete the course elements. The course will be given in English, and the estimated time spent is 35-50 hours, depending on how much of the optional material you chose to study. The course offers you the possibility to tailor the learning experience as it fits best with your professional development. Therefore, it is recommended to read the course together with colleagues, to share joint learning and anchor it in your daily work. However, this is not a requirement.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: The course gives a broad overview of the economic concepts underlying environmental policymaking. You will get insights into the practicalities of environmental and climate policies, both from the perspectives of those implementing the policy and of those facing new regulations. On completion of the course, you will for example be able to:
describe and recognize how environmental policy instruments work.
identify and relate to which environmental policy instruments are key to climate action and circular economy efforts in one's own sector and organization.
The course offers a dynamic learning environment with short videos, quizzes, exercises, and resources.
This course looks at where important materials in products we use every day come from and how these materials can be used more efficiently, longer, and in closed loops. This is the aim of the Circular Economy, but it doesn’t happen on its own. It is the result of choices and strategies by suppliers, designers, businesses, policymakers and all of us as consumers.
In addition to providing many cases of managing materials for sustainability, the course also teaches skills and tools for analyzing circular business models and promotes development of your own ideas to become more involved in the transition to a Circular Economy. You will learn from expert researchers and practitioners from around Europe as they explain core elements and challenges in the transition to a circular economy over the course of 5 modules:
Module 1: Materials. This module explores where materials come from, and builds a rationale for why society needs more circularity.
Module 2: Circular Business Models. In this module circular business models are explored in-depth and a range of ways for business to create economic and social value are discussed.
Module 3: Circular Design, Innovation and Assessment. This module presents topics like functional materials and eco-design as well as methods to assess environmental impacts.
Module 4: Policies and Networks. This module explores the role of governments and networks and how policies and sharing best practices can enable the circular economy.
Module 5: Circular Societies. This module examines new norms, forms of engagement, social systems, and institutions, needed by the circular economy and how we, as individuals, can help society become more circular.
Materials are all around us, in your house, in your phone and in the air you breathe. But what is material and why is it so important? Right now, the green transition is underway, but how do we create a more sustainable world - from raw material to product? It's all about materials. How does material feel? How are materials chosen? What are the materials of the future? Join us and discover our world of materials!
The course containsIn this course we go through the basics of what materials are and why they are so important. You get to discover materials, get to know materials and be inspired by the materials of the future.
The following areas are included in the course:
What is material?
How does material feel?
How are materials chosen?
How are materials recycled?
What are the materials of the future?
You will learnAt the end of the course you should be able to:
Discover and reflect on the world and meaning of materials
Get a feel for different materials
Discover and analyze materials in your vicinity
Understand that different materials are chosen based on the area of use
Understand and reflect on the possibilities of materials and their role in the green transition
Who is the course for?This is a course suitable for EVERYONE who is curious about the materials in their surroundings, regardless of background and age. The course requires no prior knowledge. It is for those of you who have an interest in a sustainable future and who wonder what role materials have in the green transition.
The course is given in Swedish.
Funderar du över vad en cirkulär ekonomi innebär och hur den påverkar dig som privatperson och i ditt yrkesliv? Då ska du ta del den här korta grundkursen, som bygger på kunskaper och erfarenheter från de främsta forskarna och pionjärerna inom akademin och näringslivet. Utbildningen lyfter fram några grundläggande koncept och strategier som du kan dra praktisk nytta av såväl i ditt yrkesliv som privatliv.Om den här kursenHållbarhet är högaktuellt, för individer, företag och samhället i stort. Det är inte längre en fråga om vi har miljöproblem eller inte. Cirkulär ekonomi har lyfts fram som en ekonomisk modell och policylösning på miljöfrågor, en lösning som också hanterar sociala och ekonomiska utmaningar. Det är en ekonomi som grundas på cirkulära resurskretslopp istället för de linjära processer som hittills är dominerande.
En nyckel till en mer cirkulär ekonomi är att vända resursutmaningar till möjligheter till förändring och innovation. Ökad cirkulär och effektiv resursanvändning gynnar företagens konkurrenskraft och gör samhället mer hållbart genom t ex minskad resursanvändning, minskad miljöpåverkan och ökad social rättvisa. Gör dig redo för en cirkulär och hållbar framtid!
Kursen är en kort snabbkurs i cirkulär ekonomi. Du lär dig om grundläggande koncept och strategier för utvecklingen av en cirkulär och hållbar ekonomi byggd på cirkulära flöden av resurser. Kursen bygger på kunskaper och erfarenheter från de främsta forskarna och pionjärerna inom akademin och näringslivet. Kunskaper du kommer att ha praktisk nytta av i ditt fortsatta yrkesliv och privat.
Det här får du lära digNär du har gått kursen kommer du att:- kunna övergripande redogöra för vad cirkulär ekonomi är- ha förståelse för grundläggande koncept kopplat till cirkulär ekonomi Vem riktar sig kursen mot?Alla som har ett intresse för cirkulär ekonomi. Målgruppen är personer som vill få en grundkunskap om cirkulär ekonomi, exempelvis:- lärare- ingenjörer- politiker- beslutsfattareKursen är öppen för alla och gratis. Det finns inga krav på förkunskaper eller särskild behörighet för att delta i kursen.
UppläggKursen består av sju moduler, som sätter cirkulär ekonomi i ett historiskt perspektiv, förklarar begreppet och ställer frågan vad cirkulär ekonomi är för dig.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a networking paradigm which enables different devices (from thermostats to autonomous vehicles) to collect valuable information and exchange it with other devices using different communications protocols over the Internet. This technology allows to analyse and correlate heterogeneous sources of information, extract valuable insights, and enable better decision processes. Although the IoT has the potential to revolutionise a variety of industries, such as healthcare, agriculture, transportation, and manufacturing, IoT devices also introduce new cybersecurity risks and challenges.
In this course, the students will obtain an in-depth understanding of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the associated cybersecurity challenges. The course covers the fundamentals of IoT and its applications, the communication protocols used in IoT systems, the cybersecurity threats to IoT, and the countermeasures that can be deployed.
The course is split in four main modules, described as follows:
Understand and illustrate the basic concepts of the IoT paradigm and its applications
Discern benefits and drawback of the most common IoT communication protocols
Identify the cybersecurity threats associated with IoT systems
Know and select the appropriate cybersecurity countermeasures
Module 1: Introduction to IoT
Definition and characteristics of IoT
IoT architecture and components
Applications of IoT
Module 2: Communication Protocols for IoT
Overview of communication protocols used in IoT
MQTT, CoAP, and HTTP protocols
Advantages and disadvantages of each protocol
Module 3: Security Threats to IoT
Overview of cybersecurity threats associated with IoT
Understanding the risks associated with IoT
Malware, DDoS, and phishing attacks
Specific vulnerabilities in IoT devices and networks
Module 4: Securing IoT Devices and Networks
Overview of security measures for IoT systems
Network segmentation, access control, and encryption
Best practices for securing IoT devices and networks
Organisation and Examination
Study hours: 80 hours distributed over 7 weeks
Scehduled online seminars: January 30th 2024, February 12th 2024 and 11th of March
Examination, one of the following:
Analysis and presentation of relevant manuscripts in the literature
Bring your own problem (BYOP) and solution. For example, analyse the cybersecurity of the IoT network of your company and propose improvements
The number of participants in the course is limited, so please hurry with your application!
Skills in development work are becoming increasing importance in professional life. This course offers you the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in product development, production development, and business development, as well as the relationship between these areas.
You will be introduced to systematic working methods for product development, production development, and business development, with a specific focus on innovation and creativity in practical contexts. The goal of the course is to provide a deep understanding of the application of various processes in different types of development work. The objective is for course participants to enhance their ability to understand and apply development processes and gain deeper insights into how these processes relate to organizations' innovation and business strategies in order to achieve circular flows, resilience, and sustainability in the manufacturing industry.
The teaching consists of self-study using course literature, films, and other materials through an internet-based course platform, as well as scheduled webinars and written reflections. There are no physical meetings; only digital online seminars are incuded.
Study hours: 40 hours distributed over 7 weeks
Scheduled online seminars: 30th January, 13th February, 27th February, and 13th March 2024.
The course begins on the 30th of January 2024:
(Week 5) 30th January: Webinar 1: Introduction – Part 1 (Focus: Product development)
(Week 7) 13th February: Webinar 2: Part 2 (Focus: Production development)
(Week 9) 27th February: Webinar 3: Part 3 (Focus: Business development)
(Week 11) 13th March: Webinar 4: Final presentations and course evaluation
This course is primarily intended for engineers in management or middle management positions within industry, whether they are recent graduates or individuals with extensive experience. The course is suitable for individuals with backgrounds in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering management, or similar educational background.
To be eligible for this course, participants must have completed courses equivalent to at least 120 credits, with a minimum of 90 ntry Requirementscredits in a technical subject area, with at least a passing grade, or equivalent knowledge. Proficiency in English is also required, equivalent to English Level 6.
Link to Syllabus
Please note that the number of participants for this course is limited, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!
Virtual commissioning (VC) is a technique used in the field of automation and control engineering to simulate and test a system's control software and hardware in a virtual environment before it is physically implemented. The aim is to identify and correct any issues or errors in the system before deployment, reducing the risk of downtime, safety hazards, and costly rework.
The virtual commissioning process typically involves creating a digital twin of the system being developed, which is a virtual representation of the system that mirrors its physical behaviour. The digital twin includes all the necessary models of the system's components, such as sensors, actuators, controllers, and interfaces, as well as the control software that will be running on the real system. Once the digital twin is created, it can be tested and optimized in a virtual environment to ensure that it behaves correctly under various conditions.
The benefits of using VC include reduced project costs, shortened development time, improved system quality and reliability, and increased safety for both operators and equipment. By detecting and resolving potential issues in the virtual environment, engineers can avoid costly and time-consuming physical testing and debugging, which can significantly reduce project costs and time to market.
Following are suggested modules in the virtual commissioning course, each with its own specific role in the process. These modules work together to create a comprehensive virtual commissioning process, allowing engineers to test and validate control systems and production processes in a simulated environment before implementing them in the real world.
Modeling and simulation: This module involves creating a virtual model of the system using simulation software. The model includes all the equipment, control systems, and processes involved in the production process.
Control system integration: This module involves integrating the digital twin with the control system, allowing engineers to test and validate the system's performance.
Virtual sensors and actuators: This module involves creating virtual sensors and actuators that mimic the behavior of the physical equipment. This allows engineers to test the control system's response to different scenarios and optimize its performance.
Scenario testing: This module involves simulating different scenarios, such as equipment failures, power outages, or changes in production requirements, to test the system's response.
Data analysis and optimization: This module involves analyzing data from the virtual commissioning process to identify any issues or inefficiencies in the system. Engineers can then optimize the system's performance and ensure that it is safe and reliable.
Link to course syllabus
75 university credits in production technology, mechanical engineering, product and process development, computer technology and/or computer science or equivalent or 40 credits in technology or equivalent and at least 2 years of full-time professional experience from a relevant area within industry. In addition, good knowledge in English, equivalent to English A/English 6 are required.
Describe the use of digital twins for virtual commissioning process.
Develop a simulation model of a production system using a systems perspective and make a plan for data collection and analysis.
Plan different scenarios for the improvement of a production process.
Analyze data from the virtual commissioning process to identify any issues or inefficiencies in the system and then optimize the system's performance.
Needs in the industry
Example battery production: Battery behaviors are changing over time. To innovate at speed and scale, testing and improving real-world battery phenomena throughout its lifecycle is necessary. Virtual commissioning / modeling-based approaches like digital twin can provide us with accurate real-life battery behaviors and properties, improving energy density, charging speed, lifetime performance and battery safety.
Faster innovation (NPI)
Lower physical prototypes
Shorter manufacturing cycle time
Rapid testing of new battery chemistry and materials to reduce physical experiments
Thermal performance and safety
It’s not just about modelling and simulating the product, but also validating processes from start to finish in a single environment for digital continuity.
Suggested target groups
Early career engineers involved in commissioning and simulation projects
Design engineers (to simulate their designs at an early stage in a virtual environment to reduce errors)
New product introduction engineers
Process engineers (mediators between design and commissioning)
Master's/PhD degree students who are involved in energy, digitalization, controls and production fields.
Scehduled online seminars: None
Study hours: 80 hours distributed over 10 weeks
The number of participants in the course is limited, so please hurry with your application!