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Learn the Circular Economy principles of creating sustainable products and services! Ecodesign Learning Factory by Fraunhofer IZM

The Ecodesign Learning Factory is a training programme for developing innovative products and services. Our practical approach focuses on bringing forward the circular economy opportunities by emphasizing design thinking and life cycle thinking. The user-centric ecodesign tools and methods will help you to minimize the environmental impacts while maximizing the benefits for all stakeholders.

Ecodesign Learning Factory by Fraunhofer IZM

Next pilot training on Circular Service Design on March 24th and 25th 2021, online.

Pilot training - Circular Service Design

Learn the basic approach and tools how to solve ecological challenges at a system level through scervice design.

Two-day Ecodesign Training for professionals in service and business development.




24th-25th of March


Free of charge. Places are limited

Private training

Learn to apply the ecodesign tools and methods to solve the challenges of your organisation.

Private Ecodesign trainings are organized for companies and teams who want to learn together. A private Ecodesign Training is organized for transdisciplinary teams within companies or members of organizations.


To be defined


1-5 days


Starting from EUR 11.000



We support your entire organisation in the transition to the Circular Economy.

Customized Ecodesign Sprints are designed to organizations that want to tackle specific ecodesign challenges and deploy Circular Economy within the organisation's processes. Everything is tailored based on your needs.


To be defined


1 week to 6 months


On request


All prices include VAT.

What are the benefits?

For individuals

Intensive introduction to ecodesign and Circular Economy
Ecodesign and Circular Economy tools and practises
Experience in applying ecodesign in practise
Feedback from ecodesign and sustainability experts
Networking with likeminded professionals

For organisations

New process for product and service innovation
User centric method to optimise product and service design
Holistic approach to competitive advantage
Strengthen your brand as a sustainable business

Our Ecodesign Toolbox

We have authored and adapted multiple useful tools and principles to assist the ecodesign process. You get to experience how these tools are used at our training events. Please find three of our handpicked tools below. Rest can be found at the Sustainability Guide.

This material is available under the Creative Commons Licence “Attribution - NonCommercial – ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY – NC - SA 4.0)”. If you would like to use the material commercially, please contact Fraunhofer IZM, Berlin at

Ecodesign Sprint Method

Integrating ecodesign practices and lifecycle thinking!


Choosing an ecodesign challenge and understanding the critical aspects.


Understanding the problem and sustainability opportunity based on discovery insights.


Generate ideas to solve the defined problem.


Build a circular product-service system (PSS).

Ecodesign Sprint based on ´Design Sprint Methods` developed by Google Ventures.


"Participating in the ‘Learning Factory for Ecodesign’ for me especially turned out being worthwhile in the point of knowledge about and methodical approaches for combining different viewpoints on Ecodesign to a holistic approach, not only having single aspects like technology, economics and sustainability as usual."

Sascha Kappel, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH

"Today many companies want an agile product development process. These more effective methods can be adopted at the Ecodesign Learning Factory. Furthermore companies learn how to incorporate environmental aspects into their product development. The programme was intensive but generated long term sustainable value for my company."

Michael Niemczyk, Effizienz-Agentur NRW

"Joining the Learning Factory Ecodesign was enlightening towards the role of design regarding its influence on our product environmental impact. It provided hands on tools to implement the approach into the business context. In addition, it was a great chance to meet an interesting bunch of people."

Maik Birnbach, einhorn products GmbH

The workshops at the Fraunhofer IZM on the topics of closed-loop production and ecodesign are led by an interdisciplinary team. A very good approach from a design point of view. Two-hour workshops provide an initial idea of what design methods can achieve. Ideas and business models for the development towards a circular economy can be deepened in two-day workshops and tested playfully for their feasability.

Jutta Brinkschulte, project director, EcoDesign Circle, International Design Center Berlin e.V. (IDZ)

Ecodesign Training Hosts

Meet Tapani, Max, Ronja and Florian - the authors of the Ecodesign Learning Factory programme - who facilitate training modules and innovation workshops as well as teach circular design principles in seminars and conferences.

Dr. Max Marwede

Dr. Max Marwede

Research Fellow at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (Fraunhofer IZM).
PostDoc at TU Berlin.
Freelancing consultant for ecodesign of products.


  • Moderation of workshops and innovation processes
  • Technology roadmapping, scenario development
  • Interdisciplinary stakeholder cooperation
  • Management of large research projects

About MaxThe past decade Dr. Max Marwede has been supporting companies in designing sustainable products through the facilitation of innovation workshops, the development of ecodesign requirements and through technology roadmapping. Furthermore, he consults German and European public authorities on future ecodesign regulations. As a researcher he currently develops an easy and practical way to integrate sustainability into the product development process.

Tapani Jokinen

Tapani Jokinen

Strategic- & Ecodesign consultantat Fraunhofer IZM
Founderat TJ-Design
Chief Design Officerat Circular Devices.


  • Strategic design
  • Ecodesign
  • Industrial design
  • Service design
  • Innovation
  • Circular economy

About TapaniTapani Jokinen is an internationally recognized Strategic & Ecodesign expert. His 25 years extensive experience in design gives him a unique insight in managing complex business, driving sustainability-led innovation and developing sustainable products and services. By integrating design thinking with life cycle thinking, Tapani helps companies to accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular economy.

Besides his work as a Design Consultant at Fraunhofer IZM, he is the founder of TJ-Design, a creative consultancy that fuses strategic innovation and design with sustainability and ethical business practices. Furthermore, he is Chief Design Officer at PuzzlePhone Ltd. Prior to this he was Head of the Design Portfolio and Strategy at Microsoft / Nokia, where he was a designer behind the iconic Nokia 3310.

Ronja Scholz

Ronja Scholz

Research Fellow at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (Fraunhofer IZM).
Freelancing consultant for ecodesign of products.


  • Ecodesign / Circular Design
  • Sustainable Service Design
  • Business Design and Innovation
  • Design communication

Florian Hofmann

Florian Hofmann

Research Fellowat the Fraunhofer-Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (Fraunhofer IZM)


  • Sustainable and circular business model design
  • Organizational learning
  • Systemic management of corporations in the context of a socio-ecological transformation of the society

About FlorianSince October 2017, Florian Hofmann has been doing his doctorate in the research group “Obsolescence as a challenge for sustainability”, which is a five year transdisciplinary project consisting of scientists from the Fraunhofer IZM, Center for Technology and Society as well as the department Nano Interconnected Technologies (both Technische Universität Berlin). The Heinrich-Böll Foundation, the green political foundation in Germany, financially and ideationally supports Florian Hofmann for his research. He is also a board member of the Gesellschaft für Nachhaltigkeit e.V. (association in the context of sustainability transitions of the economic system) in Berlin.


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Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25
13355 Berlin

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About Fraunhofer IZM

New products and technologies have to comply with an increasing range of strict specifications, and at the same time have to be cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. The Department Environmental and Reliability Engineering supports technological developments until they reach market maturity with environmental and reliability analysis reaching from nano-characterisation level to evaluation and optimisation at the system level.

Ecodesign trainings organized at Fraunhofer IZM can also take a tour at our on-site small scale “factory” – the so called Start-a-Factory. This is a modularly structured development and manufacturing laboratory for startups and SMEs. The tour should help participants to understand ecologic impacts during the manufacturing phase. The idea is to link the theoretical ideas, gathered during the training, with practical insights.


Ecodesign Learning Factory was developed within the EU-project EcoDesign Circle by ecodesign experts from Fraunhofer IZM during 2016 and 2021 funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Fund.