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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 ...

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 ...

Looking into hybrid events: the benefits

Published on 24 June 2021

When considering all the elements of an in-person event, from catering to material waste and from travelling to accommodation, the greenhouse gas emissions add up quickly. A 2019 report from Hope Solutions showed that the UK events industry emits 1.2bn kg of CO2e every year. It is clear that an in-person event has a significant ...

Minimising your event's food footprint and waste

Published on 3 June 2021

The impact of food waste is not only financial but also includes the energy, fuel and water used to grow food that may not be used. When food waste is sent to landfill it further contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. A research conducted throughout the foodservice industry uncovered that1  A third of all food produced is wasted,  ...

Digital carbon footprint and virtual events

Published on 6 May 2021

As we discussed in one of our previous blogs, ‘Which areas contribute the most to an event’s footprint?’, the main areas that contribute to an in-person event’s footprint are travel, food, materials and waste. This was estimated to be over 170 kilograms of CO2 emissions per day for an average conference attendee. A similar online conference would have a significantly smaller carbon footprint, but not zero.   What ...

A quick guide on how to organise a virtual event 

Published on 15 April 2021

Virtual events have been happening for quite some time now, but they have taken centre stage in our life the past year or so. There is an ongoing discussion on their advantages and disadvantages, but we will get to that in another post.    In this blog, we want to present five steps that can help you organise ...

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