Emergy Accounting

The 3rd International School on Emergy Accounting at Ca' Foscari University in Venice (May 21 - 25, 2018) brings together students and researchers coming from a variety of disciplines, including ecology, chemistry, biology, physics, environmental science and engineering, economics, social and political sciences, with the aim of exploring current developments of Emergy science and its application to human and environmental systems.

Program contents

The analysis of human and environmental systems requires skills, tools, languages, approaches and methodologies pertaining to the systemic aspects that characterize complex systems. The problems generated by the interaction between human activities and the environment, both at local and global scales, further supports the urgent need to transfer suitable and effective scientific approaches to all decision-making processes dealing with complex technology-based and environmental systems, and in general with all the actions inspired by the concept of Sustainability. Emergy Accounting provides a comprehensive integrated methodology that puts together scientific, environmental and socio-economic aspects in the analysis of a system.

Course structure

  • Day One: Introduction to Emergy
  • Day Two: Emergy accounting and Emergy indicators
  • Day Three: Case studies and discussion
  • Day Four: Emergy and LCA
  • Day Five: Open questions and developments

The course will include both plenary lectures and discussion of case studies by different working groups, led by Instructor Assistants. Depending on the number of participants, a short workshop on the use of software SCALEM for matching LCA and Emergy analysis is also under consideration.


  • Mark T. Brown, Dept. of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida (Gainsville, USA)
  • Sergio Ulgiati, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Parthenope University (Naples, Italy)
  • Francesco Gonella, Dept of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems, Ca' Foscari University Venice (Vnice, Italy)


All seminars will take place at the San Giobbe campus (Room 3B) at Ca' Foscari University in Venice

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Instructor Assistants

  • Gengyuan Liu, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University (Beijing, China)
  • Amalia Zucaro, Dept of Environmental Sciences, Parthenope University (Naples, Italy)
  • Silvio Viglia, Dept of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida (Gainsville USA)


The program is designed for PhD students, Post-docs or junior researchers who have some experience (beginner to advanced) with Systems analysis or Emergy studies.


To register for the Summer School please fill out the application form. After registering you will need to pay the registration fee of €250 and send the receipt to  summerschool.international@unive.it

Please note that registration is not complete until we have received your receipt of payment. Participants can withdraw (with partial reimbursement) until April 30, 2018.


Payment must be made by bank transfer/wire to the following account:

Account name: Ca’ Foscari School for International Education (CFSIE)
Account number: 46603825
Bank name/address: Banca Popolare FRIULADRIA, San Marco 4121 Salizada San Luca, 30124 VENEZIA
IBAN: IT 96 U 05336 02020 000046603825
Reference: "Payment for the Emergy Summer School"

For international transfers, SWIFT code: BPPNIT2P326

All transfer fees are to be covered by the student.


Participants are strongly encouraged to look for accommodation in advance. Some recommended low-cost options in Venice are listed below:

  • Hotel al Sole
  • Hotel Falier
  • Residenza ai Crociferi
  • Don Orione Artigianelli
  • Istituto Canossiano
  • Foresteria Levi


  • Francesco Gonella, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
  • Sergio Ulgiati, Parthenope University (Naples, Italy)

Last update: 13/12/2018