Summer School 2024

10th Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry for sustainable development: 08.07.2024 - 12.07.2024

Focus Topic: Sustainable Chemistry and Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design

Sustainable Chemistry addresses usage of resources, design, manufacture and use of efficient, effective, safe and more environmentally benign chemical products and processes and also includes alternative business models and ethical aspects. The worldwide implementation of sustainable chemistry is key to reduce unwanted environmental, health and societal impacts of chemicals and chemical products along their life cycle and to achieve sustainable production and consumption.

The EU’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability – towards a toxic-free environment was published in 2020 and is part of the European Green Deal. The strategy aims to further the transition towards chemicals that are safe and sustainable by design to avoid adverse effects on humans and the environment.

Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design (SSbD) is a pre-market approach to chemicals, materials, products and processes that integrates safety and sustainability aspects at early stages of the innovation process, taking a life cycle perspective. Following the launch of the SSbD framework by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, current work in the field of SSbD focuses on its implementation in industrial applications and the adaptation to the needs of specific sectors.

Therefore, this year’s Summer School focuses on the SSbD concept as one tool among many for implementing Sustainable Chemistry.
The first part the summer school will provide an overview on conepts and approaches of sustainable chemistry. In the second part participants will gain an understanding of the SSbD concept, that was recently introduced by the European Commission to support the long-term goal of a toxic-free environment.
The programme of the summer school includes a theoretical part (lectures) and practical workshops, group discussions and an excursion to exemplify and deepen practical aspects of sustainable chemistry and SSbD.

Part 1: General Concepts and Approaches of Sustainable Chemistry

  • Concepts of Green and Sustainable Chemistry
  • EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability
  • Circular Economy and resources use
  • Benign by Design
  • System Approach

Part 2: Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design (SSbD)

  • The SSbD framework proposed by the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission
  • Roadmaps for implementation
  • Tools that can be used to define SSbD chemicals and materials
  • Gaps and challenges that hinder the implementation of SSbD
  • The value chain perspective to implement SSbD
  • How SSbD can drive innovations

The 10th Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development is organised jointly by the Research and Education Hub of the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaboration Centre (ISC3, the Chair for Sustainable Chemistry and Material Resources at the Institute of Sustainable Chemistry of Leuphana University Lüneburg ( and the IRISS project ( ("InteRnatIonal ecosystem for accelerating the transition to Safe-and-Sustainable-by-design materials, products and processes”)

in front of the main building ©Leuphana/Jannis Muser
students in front of the central building sitting and walking around


We are happy to have the next Summer School onsite at Leuphana University again!

Have a look at the program and please feel free to disseminate our flyer.

Target Group

The Summer School is designed for postgraduates and young professionals who deal with or are professionally interested in the topic of sustainable chemistry as a crosscutting issue.



Please note that the registration deadline has passed already.

We are sorry to inform you that the Summer School is fully booked.


The Summer School 2024 will be free of charge again. However, travel and accommodation expenses must be borne by each participant.


Travel allowance

The deadline for the travel grant application has already expired.


Please find a list of accommodation here.

Tip: Lueneburg is a highly visited town. Book your accommodation on time!

Further information

Check out our study programmes in Sustainable Chemistry!

Contact Organisation Team

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