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Decolonising and Diversifying Biosciences Education – a focus on inclusivity and sustainability

Published on 8 March 2023

Written by Catherine Mansfield The symposium ‘Decolonising and Diversifying Biosciences Education’ took place from 19-20 December 2022 at Robinson College, Cambridge. This meeting, was organised by Dr Catherine Mansfield, Dr Katharine Hubbard, Dr Tina Joshi and Isaiah Ting, with funding and support from the Society for Experimental Biology. The Company of Biologists’ Sustainable Conferencing and ...

Funding sustainable travel to the British Neuroscience Association meeting

Published on 27 February 2023

The British Neuroscience Association (BNA) held their festive symposium, ‘Have your mental health a merry little Christmas’, in Edinburgh on 12 December 2022. The meeting focused on how neuroscience can help improve our understanding of mental health disorders and brought together researchers working in industry, the clinic and academia. With the help of a Sustainable ...

Rethinking sustainability at the Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar

Published on 6 December 2022

The 32nd Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar (CNS2022) was held on 29 September 2022 at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. This annual meeting brings together neuroscientists from across the University’s Departments to promote collaboration and strengthen the community. A Sustainable Conferencing Grant from The Company of Biologists helped the organisers to reduce the environmental impact of this ...

The first Student Conference of Plant Biology organised “by students for students” and respecting the environment

Published on 30 November 2022

Written by Mohammadjavad Haghighatnia The first Student Conference of Plant Biology (SCPB) took place in Prague from 20-22 September 2022 with the motto “by students for students” and “sustainable conference”. It was organised by PhD students Juan Manuel de Gorospe, Ömer İltaş, Lorena Meusel, Susnata Salony, Iris Sammarco, Maria Pinilla Vargas, and Mohammadjavad Haghighatnia from ...

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 ...

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