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The Indian C. elegans Meeting goes green

Published on 15 November 2022

The third Indian C. elegans Meeting took place in Trivandrum, Kerala, from 27-30 September 2022. The programme featured a diverse spread of the latest research from the nematode community. This year, the meeting also had an environmental focus, with the organisers using one of our Sustainable Conferencing Grants to reduce the environmental impact of their ...

How BraYn 2022 used their Sustainable Conferencing Grant

Published on 7 November 2022

The fifth Brainstorming Research Assembly for Young Neuroscientists (BraYn) took place in Rome from 28-30 September 2022. The conference aims to bring together early-career neuroscientists for the purposes of networking, sharing expertise and promoting collaborations. This year, the organisers received one of our Sustainable Conferencing Grants to help fund access to hybrid conferencing software and ...

Sustainable Conferencing Grants 2021 Snapshot

Published on 21 June 2022

2021 Materials, Mimics and Microfluidics: Engineering Tools in Mechanobiology Assistant Professor Andrew Holle submitted the first Sustainable Conferencing Grant application for 2021. The 3M2021 was a satellite based hybrid meeting targeted towards Asian-Pacific researchers. All scientific talks had a virtual element so that anyone could attend. Furthermore, there were 18 venues connected via satellite across ...

Our first in-person Workshop for 2022 and its sustainability touches

Published on 5 May 2022

After two years of no in-person events we had our first Workshop! Between 3 and 6 April the ‘Cell Size and Growth, From Single Cells to the Tree of Life’ Workshop took place in East Sussex, UK. Interesting presentations, in-depth discussions, tasty desserts, and fun conversations in the orangery, the Workshop had it all. You ...

Earth Day 2022

Published on 22 April 2022

Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. There are various ways of joining and celebrating the day, you can become a member or create an event. To learn more about Earth Day and how you can contribute to the cause you should ...

Creating a paperless event

Published on 24 March 2022

When planning an event there are many areas that we choose to organise based on previous successful practices. Using paper in some areas of an event such as programs, tickets, handouts, etc. has been quite common. But although paper can be recycled, it is more environmentally and sometimes budget friendly to avoid using it in ...

Principles of event sustainability

Published on 16 March 2022

The impact of the events industry on the environment was recognised a while ago. Lots of different steps have been taken to minimise, it but in the past couple of years, the pandemic has changed the way events were organised. Cutting down on travel emissions and waste was the first areas event organisers and participants ...

Are hybrid meetings the best of both worlds?

Published on 13 January 2022

This blog is written by Alastair Downie, Head of IT at The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, who has been kind enough to share his thoughts on hybrid meetings. In the University where I work, there is a lot of chat just now about hybrid meeting rooms, and there are many interesting interpretations and creative ...

Why you should choose a train journey instead of a flight

Published on 21 October 2021

Emissions from travelling are a significant component of an event’s footprint. There are multiple factors that influence the total number of these emissions such as location, number of attendees, weather, individual behaviours, and others. Two of the most commonly used transportation modes for event attendees are the aeroplane and the train. Of course, the use ...

Meeting Owls and Poster Bots

Published on 13 October 2021

We are looking forward to starting a discussion on hybrid events and the related new technologies. In this post, Alastair Downie, Head of IT in Gurdon Institute and Director at The Company of Biologists shares his thoughts. As Universities scramble to establish resources for the ‘new normal’ in time for the start of the academic year, ...

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