AmICUS - Advances in Cleaner Production School

Advances in Cleaner Production School (AmICUS)


Post-docs, undergraduate and graduate students of any nationality or scientific background conducting research in Sustainable Production Systems are strongly encouraged to apply to the Advances in Cleaner Production School (AmICUS) at Hermosillo in Sonora, Mexico (August 12 to 14, 2019).

The course is free of charge. All expenses, transportation and maintenance, are borne by the participants. The local organizer can provide a Homestay under demand.


Premise of the International School: Highly productive, profitable production systems can benefit from public policies, technology and environmental sustainability. Current challenges including depleting fuel and resources, freshwater shortages and climate change threaten the global supply of goods and services. Because sustainability invariably deals with living, complex systems, the knowledge on Sustainable Production Systems is interdisciplinary per se and significant conceptual advances will unquestionably occur when specialists from diverse areas are united with the goal of exchanging and creating understanding.

The AmICUS aims to address the issue of sustainability in production systems under conceptual and practical viewpoints. Focus will be given to decision-making tools that can be employed by public institutions and private companies.



The goal of International School AmICUS is to provide opportunities for close interaction among students and leading experts Partner of Advances in Cleaner Production Network conducting cutting edge research in Sustainable Production Systems, as well as to stimulate interdisciplinary discussion about hot topics in Sustainability. To achieve this goal, the school schedule will be organized around a series of lectures and poster session.





12nd, 2019


13th, 2019


14th, 2019

08:00 to 09:00
Registration of Participants

Visit to Estero "El Soldado"

09:00 to 09:15

Welcome message of

Prof. Velazquez

09:15 to 09:30

Schedule of activities presented by Prof. Esquer

09:30 to 12:30


Prof. Krystal Perkins


Prof. Biagio F. Giannetti

12:30 to 14:00
14:00 to 17:00


Dr. Carlos Montalvo

Poster Session: Students present their projects and dialogue with the researchers​
19:00 to 20:00

Mexican party of fraternization: Food, music and joy​

20:00 to 22:00

Night visit to Centro Ecologico of Sonora



In Day One, after the scheduled activities, Professor Velázquez will offer a party in his house for all the AmICUS crew. In the Day Two, students will present their posters and the lecturers will lead a round of discussions about their specific projects. Also in the Day Two, the students and lecturers will identify common themes of study that could result in a project to be developed by the teams of Advances in Cleaner Production Network experts. In the Day Three, the AmICUS crew will visit Estero "El Soldado", a beautiful protected area in Sonora State.

Course Structure

Conceptual map of the International School AmICUS





The lecturers are Partners of Advances in Cleaner Production Network (ACPN) and recognized as leaders in Production and Environment, and play a vital role in advancing the science of sustainability through Cleaner Production or other connected approaches (Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment, and so forth):

Dr Maria Lima Toivanen Dr Carlos Montalvo Dr Biagio Giannetti

Invited Lecturers for the International School AmICUS

Dr. Krystal Perkins, Purchase College - University of New York (USA)

Dr. Carlos Montalvo, TNO - Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Dr. Biagio F. Giannetti, Paulista University (Sao Paulo, Brazil)


Local Professors

Dr. Luis VelazquezDra. Nora E. Munguía Vega
Dr. Javier Esquer PeraltaMSc David S. Zepeda Quintana

Local Professors

Dr. Luis Velazquez (Leader)
Dra. Nora E. Munguía Vega

Dr. Javier Esquer Peralta
• MSc. David S. Zepeda Quintana



Universidad de Sonora Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial y de Sistemas [MAP]


Centro Ecologico of Sonora [MAP]

Centro Ecológico of Sonora


Centro Ecológico y Estero "El Soldado (about 130 kilometers away from Hermosillo) [MAP]

Centro Ecológico y Estero "El Soldado", Mexico


Target Students

One of the main objectives of the school is to attract young students to pursue a scientific career, so we encourage applications from people who are interested in making connections. The 50 spots will be filled by graduate students, but we will also consider applications by outstanding undergraduate students and post-docs/young faculty.


Selection of Participants

Participants will be selected on a comparative basis. Application materials for each candidate will be analyzed by at least three referees, and the final selection will be made jointly by the selection committee. The final list seeks to maximize representation given the pool of applicants.



To register for the International School please fill out the application form.


Please note: the course - that is free of charge - is officially recognized by ACPN (Advances in Cleaner Production Network). At the end of the course ACPN should provide students a “certificate” that states they have completed the course. The certificate contain the ACPN and of the Local Organizer logo and the signature of the President of ACPN and of the Local Organizer.