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The research area ECODESIGN

As one of seven research groups of the department for engineering design and logistics engineering we have been working in the field of ECODESIGN in a national and international context since 1996. The main focus of our work lies in the development of ECODESIGN tools (see QUICK LINKS on the right side) and their implementation in cooperation with companies. Additionaly we provide academic teaching and workshops related to ECODESIGN.

Our research interests range from raising awareness, the development of environmental assessment methods, product improvements to environmental communication methods.

The long standing project experience and the established contacts to various project partners enable us to participate in various national and international funding programs. In addition to our Team we have a pool of motivated students interested in researching ECODESIGN questions within the scope of a diploma or PhD thesis.


Donnerstag, 2019-03-07

Building and living in a circular economy

Looking back at the workshop for the development of circular products and business models in Graz Mehr

Dienstag, 2018-08-07

Circular Business Models @IKEA Austria

On Wednesday, the 11th of June, Rainer Pamminger was listening to a talk from Matej Hargas, Country Sustainability Manager for IKEA Austria, organised by the ARA Innovation Space. This ended in a nice conversation where also a collaboration within...


Dienstag, 2018-07-03

Sonderausgabe des Magazins EUropainfo zur Kreislaufwirtschaft

Auch der Fachbereich ist mit einem Beitrag vertreten Mehr

Donnerstag, 2018-05-24

Circular Design Speed Dating

Ecodesign @ ARA Innovation Space Mehr

Dienstag, 2018-04-24

The redesigned Philips Digital Voice Recorder for a Circular Economy

Our research area is proud to present some of the results from the sustainablySMART research project. Mehr

Freitag, 2017-07-21

Webseiten unserer EU-Projekte zur Circular Economy jetzt online!

Verfolgen Sie die Fortschritte unserer Forschungsprojekte KATCH_e und sustainablySMART Mehr

Freitag, 2017-06-09

1. "Think ahead"-Workshop war ein voller Erfolg!

Am 7. Juni 2017 fand die erste Veranstaltung der Workshopreihe "Think Ahead" zum Thema "Herausforderung Circular Economy in der Bau - und Möbelbranche" im Kontaktraum der TU Wien statt. Die Veranstalter (Das Österreichisch Ökologie Institut und der...


Freitag, 2017-02-17

KATCH_e project started in January 2017

Launch of a three-year EU research project about product-service development for a Circular Economy Mehr

Current research projects

KATCH_e - Knowledge Alliance on product-service development towards a Circular Economy and sustainability in higher education (since 2017)

Goal: Development of training materials for the development of product-service-systems based on the model of a Circular Economy

sustainablySMART - Enhanced Lifecycles through Advanced Re-design, Reliability, Reuse and Remanufacturing (since 2015)

Goal: Improving the reuseability, recyclability, repairability and remanufacturing potential of smart mobile devices

AbBau - Waste prevention through sustainable building products (since 2017)

Goal: Development and Integration of training materials for polytechnic schools

Current courses


Aims of the course: An introduction to a problem solving concept regarding the integration of "environment"into product development will be given in this lecture. Starting form analysis ("where is the environmental problem of the product?") to synthesis ("how to improve a certain product?") a practical way of doing ECODESIGN will be shown.