Contribute to our activities

The Life Cycle Initiative is always appreciative of volunteers who have the desire, motivation, time and energy to contribute to our activities. Interested persons should consider the current work areas and the status of the projects. Then, please complete and send the application form.

Typical flagship activity deliverables, and as such, the areas where volunteers can contribute include:

  • Statement from experts as a result of a workshop
  • Results from a survey
  • Peer reviewed report or paper
  • Updated web-based information system
  • Results of the implementation and demonstration project in a company or a region
  • List of multipliers or users of the new product/deliverable produced
  • A training programm
  • List of multipliers or users of the new product/deliverable produced

Projects run for a limited period of time, in line with the agreed deliverables. Experts belonging to each project communicate via teleconferences and, if possible, face-to-face meetings.

A project member’s work is acknowledged by giving credit as author or contributor of a given deliverable. Each deliverable passes through a review process led by the Chair of a Technical Review Committee (TRC). Once approved by the TRC, the deliverable is presented to the ILCP, which will confirm on next steps to be taken with the new product. However, the copyright of the report and other outputs stays with UNEP and/or SETAC and the Life Cycle Initiative.

The membership of the flagship activity and related projects is primarily based on expertise in the fields of the initiative, but also regional and stakeholder balance are of importance. The work of the members of the Work Areas and the projects is voluntary. The estimated time required is 1-2 weeks per year.

Interested persons can consider the summary of main activities that may be part of a project’s work programme:

  • Regular forums and meetings to share experiences about best practices and ideas on new projects and deliverables
  • Participation in technical reviews of projects and deliverables
  • Participation in international and national meetings representing the Work Area
  • Internal continuous capacity building
  • Dissemination of the work via personal training based on requests received by the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative
  • Dissemination of the work via the webpages of the Work Areas