Ursula Tischner studied architecture, art and industrial design and specialized in Eco-, Circular and Sustainable Design of products, services and systems. After her master graduation she worked as a researcher at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. In 1996 she founded econcept, Agency for Sustainable Design in Cologne. With econcept she carries out research, design and consulting projects on sustainable, eco- and circular design and -innovation. From 1995 on she has also been teaching Design at Universities such as Design Academy Eindhoven, Zurich University of the Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design and FH Joanneum in Graz. She has published numerous books and articles in the field of design and innovation for sustainability.