Sustainability effects of software and ICT systems - assessing and increasing the awareness

Schedule and location

Tuesday December 3rd - Wednesday December 4th.

Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology, Lappeenranta Campus

Dec 3: room 7443 at 10-12 and Yo-talon sali 205 at 12-16

Dec 4: room 3306 at 8-12 and  room 3307 at 12-16

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Registration is open until November 26th.


Professor Birgit Penzenstadler, Chalmers University, Sweden.

Reader Colin C. Venters, Huddersfield University, United Kingdom.


Professor Jari Porras, LUT University.


Climate change and in general sustainable development are some of the major challenges we are facing in our society now and increasingly in forthcoming years. Software and ICT systems play important role in this development, both in good and bad. In this course we aim to give you a perception how ICT and especially software links to the sustainable development and how you may assess or at least increase the awareness of the effects of your software solution. During the first day we give you fundamentals for software and ICT for Sustainability and present one model, SUSAF, that can be used for extending the awareness of the possible sustainability effects. On a second day we plan to have a workshop on which we collaboratively go through one company case by using the SUSAF model.

Day 1                                 Tuesday 3.12.2019 Fundamentals for Software (and ICT) for Sustainability


Welcome to the course

Prof. Jari Porras, LUT University

10:30 – 12:00

Sustainability foundation

Prof. Jari Porras

Prof. Birgit Penzenstadler

Dr. Colin C. Venters

12:00 – 13:00



13:00 – 14:30

Software engineering and ICT for sustainability

Dr. Colin C. Venters

Prof. Birgit Penzenstadler

Prof. Jari Porras

14:30 – 15:00

Coffee break


15.00 – 18:00

Increasing sustainability awareness Sustainability awareness framework (SUSAF)

Prof. Birgit Penzenstadler

Prof. Jari Porras

Dr. Colin C. Venters


End of the day


Day 2                                 Wednesday 4.12.2019 Workshop on applying sustainability awareness framework
8:30  9:00

Case company presentation                                                                                     


9:00  12:00

Data collection workshop for the SUSAF


12:00 – 13:00



13:00 – 16:00

Data analysis workshop and report writing




Optional activity for those who want to extend their knowledge in the domain
Friday 5.12 at noon Public defense of a dissertation “Software Sustainability by Design” by Shola Oyedeji. Opponents: Dr. Colin C. Venters, Dr. Nelly Condori-Fernandez

Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain 2 credit points. This requires participating all of the days and completing the assignments.

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 400 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.