SusCritMat will host its first Winter School in Les Diablerets, Switzerland
The risk management of critical materials supply chain for industries in renewable energy sectors is an important factor for success. Thus, knowledge about the topics related to critical raw materials, their environmental and social impact, principles of eco design and materials selection methodology are all important for future engineers to be prepared dealing with the real-world industrial challenges to deliver safer, greener and cleaner products.
At Granta, we recently ran a survey to explore the challenges of teaching sustainable development. Key findings, from 200 plus responses, indicated that academics would welcome more case studies with real data, and a global perspective on interlinked environmental and social impacts. The feedback was consistent with my own experience, as a PhD at the Centre for Sustainable Development where I did research in social and environmental impact assessment tools. I was also closely involved in teaching, and subsequently co-developed a start-up company focusing on software and learning. From these experiences, it was clear that software can have a large impact on teaching and outreach. I’m now working as Development Manager and Sustainability Consultant in the Education Team at Granta, collaborating with the academic community and Professor Mike Ashby to develop teaching resources that support the sustainable development subject-area.