News about our sustainability initiatives
September 2023 – Sustainable menu at events: nurturing with less impact
Event catering can account for 7-17% of event carbon footprint 1 2 3 . Conferences and scientific workshops play a crucial role in the career development of researchers, helping them to spread awareness about their work and connect with like-minded peers 4. Equally crucial is environmentally friendly practices at these events. Organisers can make a difference with eco-friendly menus and encouraging conscious choices.
July 2023 – The Forest of Biologists – an interview with Professor Steven Kelly
The Forest of Biologists was launched on 13 March 2023. We recently caught up with Steven Kelly, Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford and former Editor-in-Chief of Biology Open, who planted the seed for this project several years ago.
March 2023 – Decolonising and Diversifying Biosciences Education: a focus on inclusivity and sustainability
A Sustainable Conferencing Grant was instrumental in allowing the organisers of this event to successfully run the symposium in a fully hybrid manner. It also allowed them to put inclusivity and sustainability at the forefront of the meeting’s organisation.
March 2023 – Our new bio-positive publishing initiative, The Forest of Biologists
We are excited to announce the launch of The Forest of Biologists, our new bio-positive publishing initiative that celebrates the contributions of authors and peer reviewers to our journals. For each published Research Article or Review article, a tree is planted in a UK forest. In addition, we are funding the restoration and preservation of ancient woodland and dedicating these trees to our peer reviewers. All trees are also represented in a virtual forest and, with each new piece of research, the forest grows.
February 2023 – Funding sustainable travel to the British Neuroscience Association meeting
With the help of a Sustainable Conferencing Grant, the organisers of a British Neuroscience meeting in December 2022 were able to offer ‘Train over Plane’ travel grants. These grants reimbursed BNA members who chose to travel to the meeting by train, coach or carshare, rather than catching a plane.
December 2022 – Rethinking sustainability at the Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar
A Sustainable Conferencing Grant helped the organisers of the Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar in September 2022 to reduce the environmental impact of the meeting. The meeting was free of single-use plastics and attendees were particularly impressed by the chance to repurpose their poster as a tote bag.
November 2022 – 12 grants awarded through our Sustainable Conferencing initiative
Sustainable Conferencing Grants have been awarded to organisers of 12 events in eight countries.
November 2022 – The first Student Conference of Plant Biology organised “by students for students” and respecting the environment
A Sustainable Conferencing Grant helped to enable a unique bottom-to-top scientific event focusing on sustainability and environmental-friendly measures.
November 2022 – The Indian C. elegans Meeting goes green
The organisers of this event used a Sustainable Conferencing Grant to reduce the environmental impact of their event.
November 2022 – How BraYn 2022 used their Sustainable Conferencing Grant
The organisers of this event used their Sustainable Conferencing Grant to help fund access to hybrid conferencing software and various other sustainability touches.
September 2022 – Four grants awarded through our Sustainable Conferencing initiative
Sustainable Conferencing Grants have been awarded to organisers of 12 events in three countries.
June 2022 – 12 grants awarded through our Sustainable Conferencing initiative
Sustainable Conferencing Grants have been awarded to organisers of 12 events in nine countries.
March 2022 – 13 grants awarded through our Sustainable Conferencing initiative
Sustainable Conferencing Grants have been awarded to organisers of 13 events in nine countries.