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

30 November 2022

Written by Mohammadjavad Haghighatnia

SCPB 2022 banner with logo and conference date and locationThe 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”.

How BraYn 2022 used their Sustainable Conferencing Grant

7 November 2022

Sustainable notebook and pencil
The notebooks and pencils provided at the meeting were made from recycled materials.

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.

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

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 can read more about it in our recent story.

Creating a paperless event

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 programmes, 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 the first place. Thanks to technology it’s now easier to go paperless.

Are hybrid meetings the best of both worlds?

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.

The Indian C. elegans Meeting goes green

15 November 2022

Indian C. elegans delegate group photoThe 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 event.

Sustainable Conferencing Grants 2021 snapshot

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.

Earth Day 2022

22 April 2022

Every year on 22 April, 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 visit the dedicated website.

Principles of event sustainability

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.

Why you should choose a train journey instead of a flight

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 of the one does not exclude the use of the other for the same trip.

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