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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 ...

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 ...

Which areas contribute the most to an event’s footprint?

Published on 18 March 2021

Climate change is not a myth and natural resources are finite. Studies12 show that at the current rate of production, by 2050 there would be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Our environmental awareness has grown and evolved over the past decade. This, in turn, has led to an increase in the public consciousness of our collective effect on the environment. Industries across ...

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