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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This course is part of the Summer Programme 2022.

To apply for this course, please enrol on the programme above, and then select the courses you wish to study. For more information about Summer Programmes please visit our Summer Programmes Page.

This course introduces you to the multi-disciplinary confluence of materials, engineering, history and biology, to enable design of sustainable products. To inform material choices and product design philosophies, we will explore product life-cycles. Exploring material classes including natural and ancient materials, fibres, plastics, and building materials, we will reflect on how advancements in materials have led to unique opportunities – think timber skyscrapers – and presented new challenges – think the ocean plastic problem.


Course dates

10 Jul 2022 to 16 Jul 2022

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

26 Jun 2022

Course director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Credits dependent on home institution

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code