Learning Factory for Ecodesign

The future of design is circular. Do you want to be part of it and become an ecodesign practitioner?

The Learning Factory Ecodesign is a training open for professionals and teachers which aims to convey methods and tools to enable participants to design products and services for a circular economy.

Learning Factory for EcoDesign


How to develop circular economy systems? Our training is based on learning by doing. You will practice circular system thinking in order to solve a complex ecodesign challenge in a multi-disciplinary team. This means that you will use effective ecodesign methods and practices to develop a meaningful product or service for users, while minimizing its environmental footprint and developing a sustainable circular economy business model for it. On top of this you will get some insights into manufacturing processes in order to find out how you can influence the environmental impact in production through your design decisions.

At the Fraunhofer IZM you have the opportunity to get insights to the production line for microelectronics and follow up the individual process steps. The training also can take place at other locations with a different thematic orientation.

More information at the Start-a-Factory website.


The Learning Factory Ecodesign targets working product designers and developers, engineers, teachers, design lecturers, start-ups, SMEs, business model developers – in general: actors who are interested in learning how to adopt ecodesign practices and profit from the opportunities arising around the circular economy.


Participants will go through an Ecodesign Sprint. The Ecodesign Sprint is a process that marries the best of user-centered innovation and design thinking with sustainable design practices - divided into the five distinct phases Discover, Define, Develop, Deliver and Validate. We have adapted the Design Sprint methodology and integrated ecodesign practices and lifecycle thinking. Design thinking was developed by IDEO and Stanford’s design school and utilized by Google Ventures Design Sprint Methods.

1. Introduction Ecodesign basics and craft a challenge to provide focus to the rest of the sprint.
2. Discover Understand the needs and challenges.
3. Define Define the problem: Translating research insights into opportunities for Design.
4. Develop Ideate: Generate ideas for solutions for the problem.
5. Deliver Prototype it in the Circular Lifecycle Canvas by looking at the whole system. Build the solution.
6. Validate Track learnings and validate it. Build the Circular Business Model.


A test run with students took place in June 2017 at the Fraunhofer IZM in Berlin. In a one-day Ecodesign Sprint we successfully tested new tools and methods for generating environmentally friendly innovations. The teams created impressive results by prototyping circular systems by using a circular lifecycle canvas. Based on this they developed circular business models to maximize the business impact and customer value of their systems.


Pilot runs of the workshop will take place on various occasions during 2017 and 2018 – taking place at the EcoDesign Circle project partners in the Baltic Sea Region and in Berlin. You will find the dates and invitation on the website of the Ecodesign Circle (https://www.ecodesigncircle.eu). 

In case you are interested in an individual training for your company, your organization, your association or other interest groups, feel free to contact us and we can discuss the content and conditions.

Learning Factory for EcoDesign

Support and Partner

The training was developed within the EU-project EcoDesign Circle by ecodesign experts from Fraunhofer IZM and Circular Devices during 2016 and 2017 commissioned by the German Environment Agency. The project Learning Factory Ecodesign is carried on behalf of the UBA until 2018 and is sponsored with resources of the German government (Environmental Research Plan – project number 3715 37 309 0).

Learning Factory for EcoDesign


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