Workshop: Materials, Eco Design and Sustainable Development

Presented by Prof Mike Ashby, Dr Tatiana Vakhitova and Dr Claes Fredriksson

Workshop Package

CES EduPack Sustainable Development Edition with 2-month license

Paper on Eco Design and Materials

Case study to be used as a workshop project

‘Materials and Sustainable Development’ book and exercise solutions



Granta Design HQ, Cambridge, United Kingdom


Friday, December 11, 2015


£150    (Places are limited; please register early)

The one-day workshop will combine presentations with hands-on group activities, exploring:

  • Eco profiles of materials (environmental data, resource aspects)
  • Eco Audits (fast, approximate life cycle inventories of products)
  • Sustainable Development: awareness, education, analysis and tools (assessment methodology and case studies)
  • Materials and Circularity Thinking (introducing aspects of circular economy, using tools Granta has developed)

Join us for this one-day workshop consisting of presentations and hands-on group activities for inspirational ideas and teaching resources that will help you to learn more about environmental-related education and research, including data, tools, and approaches available.

Full agenda here

Originating from Professor Mike Ashby's work at Cambridge University and used by more than 1000 institutions around the globe, CES EduPack enhances the teaching of engineering materials at all levels of university education.


Participants will be sent a little preparatory package before the Workshop; reading it in advancebefore coming will help us get much further on the day. It comprises two documents, one introducing Eco Audits, the other introducing the approach to analysing a proposed sustainable development. Both are easy reads, they include simple examples that introduce the ideas and terminology.

We look forward to seeing you on December 11 in Cambridge!


Friday, December 11, 2015

Time Topic
9.30-10.00 Registration & refreshments
10.00-10.15 Introduction
10.15-10.30 Eco profiles of materials
10.30-11.00 Eco Audits
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.45 Group activities - conducting Eco Audits with redesign objectives
12.45-13.45 Lunch
13.45-14.45 Workshop Materials and Sustainable Development
14.45-15.15 Coffee break with start of the group project
15.15-16.15 Continuation of group project
16.15 Wrap up & discussion


About the presenters

Prof Mike Ashby, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, is a world-renowned authority on engineering materials. He is the author/co-author of best-selling textbooks and of over 200 papers on mechanisms of plasticity and fracture, powder compaction, mechanisms of wear, methodologies for materials selection, and the modeling of material shaping processes, among other topics. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Fellow of the Royal Society and Member of the American Academy of Engineering. He has been a professor at Harvard University and held academic positions in Germany and France. He is also co-founder of Granta Design and guides development of Granta’s CES EduPack.   Prof. Mike Ashby

Dr Tatiana V Vakhitova, as a part of Education Division, contributes to teaching resources development in the area of Sustainable Development. Tatiana supports educational and research institutions in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and Middle East. She holds a PhD in Engineering from the Centre for Sustainable Development and an MPhil from the Land Economy Department (University of Cambridge, UK). Tatiana has teaching experience, working as a teaching assistant for the Engineering Management Division at the University of Cambridge and being a supervisor for students at the Judge Business School, Engineering and Land Economy Departments (University of Cambridge).

Dr Claes Fredriksson has more than 15 years’ experience teaching Materials-related subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Sweden, Canada, Belgium and the USA, mainly in Mechanical Engineering. After gaining an MSc in Engineering Physics and PhD in Theoretical Physics he worked in both theoretical and experimental research on polymers, metals and biomaterials. He has a passion for teaching and won a grant as part of Sweden’s Excellence in Teaching Programme to enable him to teach in the USA and facilitate the cross-pollination of pedagogical approaches. Claes works with academics across the world, collaborating on producing teaching resources and running CES EduPack training.   Claes


Granta Design HQ
300 Rustat House
62 Clifton Road

From the train station
5 minute taxi journey
10-15 minute walk

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There are various hotels within the area. Accommodation in Cambridge is in high demand, so please book your hotel as soon as possible. Please contact the hotels directly for their best available rates, or check with a hotel booking website for special deals.

hotel star rating distance to venue prices from
Travelodge Cambridge Central   0.5km £72.00 per room
The Helen Hotel * * * 1km £68.00 per room
Hotel du Vin Cambridge * * * * 3km £209.00 per room
DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge * * * * 3km £230.00 per room
Cambridge City Hotel * * * * 3km £199.00 per room