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The sustainable manufacture of products has environmental, economic and social dimensions. This blend of engineering, economics and social science is tough to teach. ANSYS Granta’s CES EduPack already offers an easy-to-use Eco Audit Tool allowing students to explore the environmental impact of a product throughout its lifecycle. It also contains cost models that expose some of the economic aspects.

In this webinar, we’ll present a new Social Audit Tool that introduces students to Social Life-Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) of products and allows them to explore scenarios that illustrate the S-LCA Protocol recommended in the widely-accepted UNEP/SETAC “Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products”. The Tool is implemented in Excel and is documented in a short White Paper – both of which will be accessible to those signing up for the webinar.

What you will learn

  • Learn about key human and social impacts on the life cycle of products
  •  Discover new resources you can use in your teaching that enable students to explore a full Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis
  •  See how a coupled eco-audit, cost-audit and social-audit can all be performed for the same product
  •  Learn more about S-LCA methods and impact categories detailed in the UNEP/SETAC Guidelines.

Who should take part?

  • Lecturers using CES EduPack mostly for final year and Master-level studies
  •  Academics/industrial designers interested in this topic for decision-making purposes


September 3, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Michael F. Ashby is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He is a world-renowned authority on engineering materials and the author/co-author of best-selling textbooks, including the recently published Materials and the Environment. Other current texts include Engineering Materials I & IIMaterials Selection in Mechanical DesignMaterials in Design, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing, and Design. He has authored 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 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.

Dr. Tatiana V. Vakhitova holds a PhD Degree from University of Cambridge Engineering Department, Centre for Sustainable Development. At ANSYS Granta she leads development of teaching resources in an area of Sustainable Development and Materials, working closely with Prof. Mike Ashby. Tatiana is a principal development manager of the University Relations Team. She is also responsible for coordinating our activities in an EU project on Sustainable Critical Materials (SUSCRITMAT). Tatiana has several publications on topics ranging from social and environmental impact assessment, CSR, circular economy to sustainability teaching. She is an experienced educator and facilitator, has delivered various trainings, workshops and lectures at universities and international events around the world.

About CES EduPack

CES EduPack is the world-leading teaching resource for materials in engineering, science, processing, and design. It provides a comprehensive database of materials and process information and powerful tools to visualise data, select materials, assess environmental impact, and model hybrid materials and the cost of manufacturing. A range of supporting lectures, projects, case studies, and exercises are provided via Granta’s Education Hub. With specialist editions for specific disciplines, and three levels of the database and software to suit varying needs in all years of undergraduate study and in postgraduate teaching, CES EduPack is a curriculum-wide resource.

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Broadcast 1


  • LA: 08:00
  • New York: 11:00
  • London: 16:00
  • Paris: 17:00
  • Bangalore: 20:30

Broadcast 2


  • London: 08:00
  • Paris: 09:00
  • Singapore: 16:00
  • Canberra: 19:00

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