The IMS Summer School: Manufacturing Strategy
First Edition 2010: Sustainable Manufacturing
ETH Zurich, May 26-28, 2010

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The IMS Community is proud to launch the IMS Summer School on manufacturing strategy. The IMS Summer School will be an annual event in order to develop competences and to educate beneficiaries and members from industry and research on new global approaches to manufacturing strategy.

The theme of the IMS Summer School 2010 is Sustainable manufacturing. This is one of the five IMS Key Areas: Sustainable Manufacturing, Products and Services, Energy Efficient Manufacturing, Key Technologies, Standards & Interoperability and Education.

Sustainable manufacturing is meant to apply scientific knowledge to the design and implementation of material, structures, product, systems, processes etc. that in global markets should take into account:
  • constraints coming from the four pillars of sustainability (economy, environment, society and technology)

  • solutions development for the design, operation and organisational activities related to products, processes and services in the manufacturing sector.

About the summer school research topics

The vision of sustainable development and sustainable manufacturing is growing into importance. Concrete application of sustainability issues are ongoing while the market and consumers are more and more asking and taking care of eco and sustainable issues. At the same time the regulation work done in these later years is being applied, they are under continuous development to fit the growing requests and requirements for sustainable measure and rating, which starts being a competitive advantage. Moreover, with the increase of resources and energy prices, managing correctly the shortages is a key aspect.

The sustainable manufacturing vision is still far to be achieved, but it still has to be the basis for future research and developments. Moreover, due to globalization, the sustainability issues have to be analyzed and developed, not only nationally or regionally, but guidelines and regulations have to be done at a worldwide level. Sustainability has a major role for the future of manufacturing, aiming to improve the sustainability of technologies, products and production systems as well as the businesses behind them.

Therefore, the two research areas selected for discussion at the 2010 Summer School are:
  • Sustainable lifecycle of products and production systems

  • Sustainable products and production, services and maintenance

  • Sustainable lifecycle of products and production systems is concerned about the performance and quality of products, services and processes, safety of people and also the related facilities and infrastructure. Research topics for discussion are welcomed within, but not limited by, the areas of
    • Real-time life cycle assessment

    • Cost based product lifecycle management (PLM)

    • Maintenance concept for sustainability

    • Predictive maintenance

    Sustainable product and production, services and maintenance relates to the contribution towards modernization of industry by improving the quality of product information and ease of access to information at the design, production, utilization and end of life stages. Key aspects are knowledge intensive products and traceability. Such a system will be an enabler for a less resource intensive society and a competitive industry. Research topics for discussion are welcomed within, but not limited by, the areas of
    • Green controller for machining

    • Sustainability metrics

    • Sustainability workshops

    • Sustainable packaging

    • Optimization of electronic sustainability

    • Materials re-use optimization

    • Sustainable supply chain design

    • Management of hazardous substances in manufacturing

    • End-of-life management supporting technologies

Summer School Target Group

Young researchers and industry practitioners with special interest in these topics are invited to present problems, share knowledge and discuss these topics in plenary and parallel sessions during the summer school.
  • Participants from research will present research projects

  • Participants from industry will present real challenges with solutions

The IMS Summer School will be held in a creative, stimulating formal and informal environment, thus providing a productive infrastructure for social networking. International researchers, professionals and experienced practitioners in industry are welcome to apply for the IMS Summer School. Lectures and other learning activities will be done with the active contribution of the participants, this will create the best environment to allow and encourage PhD students and professionals exchange and knowledge sharing.

The maximum number of participants will be 30. Appropriate selection criteria for the applicants (such as publications and reports, letters of recommendation, awards, industrial experience, etc.) will be applied.


May 26th, 10:00-17:30h
  • Welcome

  • Key-note

  • Parallel sessions:
    1. Sustainable lifecycle of products and production systems

    2. Sustainable products, production, services and marketing

  • Evening dinner and social event

May 27th, 09:00-17:30h
  • Parallel sessions:
    1. Sustainable lifecycle of products and production systems

    2. Sustainable products, production, services and marketing

  • Plenary session

  • Key-note

  • Evening dinner and social event

May 28th, 09:00-12:00h
    Visiting ABB

You can also download the Summer School programme and the parallel sessions programme.

Application Procedure

Applicants are welcome to register by submitting an e-mail with the following information: Name, organization, position held, CV, invited by, e-mail address, phone no, preferred workshop topic, recommendations letters and a motivation letter to by February 10th 2010. Participation is limited and by invitation only. All applicants will receive a prompt reply with a motivated decision of the IMS Summer School scientific committee. There is no participation fee.

The motivation letter should state the applicant’s contribution to the workshop; the presentation of a submitted research paper, an industry problem for discussion or a research problem for discussion.
Researchers are invited to submit a manuscript for a scientific paper. Paper requirements:

  • Full paper, maximum 8000 words

  • Abstract, maximum 250 words, 3-5 key-words

  • Times New Roman, 12

  • Numbered sections and subsections

  • Captions numbered, above tables and below figures

  • Figures and tables included in text

Papers should be sent as a Word file attachment in an e-mail to by March 15th 2010. A selection of scientific papers are published as a book in the Springer IFIP series.


Hotels must be booked and paid for by each participant. There is a selection of four recommended hotels which offer special fares for bookings related to ETHZ activities. Please follow the link to the preferred hotel and make your reservation.
Claridge Hotel Zürich
Hotel Bristol
Hotel Sonnehus
Sorell Hotel Zürichberg
Upon reservation you should announce that it is related to university activity.

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