SA05: Sustainability for Aerospace Applications #02

SA05: Sustainability for Aerospace Applications #02

4 credits
Start date: 21 April 2023

University: Blekinge Institute of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Linköping University, Luleå University of Technology, Royal Institute of Technology

Target group: Industry, PhD Student

Academy: Product Development Academy (PDA) Production Academy

Last day of registration: 12 May 2023
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The course gives an overview of United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP’s) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and tools to assess and develop towards increased sustainability for aerospace applications research and development and innovation (R&D, R&I) projects.


Target group

PhD candidates and postdocs conducting research in the Swedish Aerospace Research Center (SARC) and the Graduate School of Space Technology, and aerospace engineers, active in research & development and research & innovation (R&D/R&I) projects.

Course objectives

The objective of this course is to increase awareness about sustainability issues in the participant’s own and other participants’ ongoing R&D/R&I projects, and to improve the participant’s ability to address these issues in their own work.  

By raising sustainability issues in the participant’s current project, and by reflecting upon them in groups with other course participants, teachers and guest lecturers, the course objective is that the participant achieves deeper insights about sustainability aspects, in order to improve management of and communication about sustainability issues in the current project, the research work, and, especially for industrial participants, in their organizations.

On completion of the course, the participant should be able to demonstrate (in a short text and in a presentation of the PhD research project) the ability to make relevant sustainability statements about the own research (R&D/R&I) project and be able to discuss the project in relation to UNDP’s 2030 sustainability goals.

Course fee

7500 SEK/participant (free of charge and prioritized for SARC and Graduate School of Space Technology).


The course consists of 5 sessions, combining:

SESSION 1: April 21, 10.00-12.15: Sustainability seminar with Swedish Aerospace Industry

SESSION 2: April 27, 8.30-10: Perspectives on sustainability in Aerospace and the SDGs (professor Ola Isaksson, Chalmers,  professor Dag Avango, Luleå University of Technology)

SESSION 3: May 4, 12.30-14.30: Creative and innovative sustainability workshops (professors René Laufer, Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck, assistant professor Lisa Larsson, LTU)

SESSION 4: May 12, 12.30-14: Seminar on Sustainability in Engineering Design (professor Sophie Hallstedt, Blekinge Institute of Technology)

SESSION 5: May 25, 12.30-17: Final seminar – participants’ presentations

Examiners, course responsible and contact information

Professor Marta-Lena Antti, chair Engineering Materials, LTU. E-mail:

Professor René Laufer, chair Space Systems, LTU. E-mail:

Professor Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck, chair Product Innovation, LTU. E-mail: