CEED researchers are passionate about trying to reduce our environmental impacts. A team of our researchers have recently published a correspondence piece in Nature Ecology & Evolution asking why so few academic conferences seem to have taken actions to reduce their environmental impact? The team consisted of Dr Matthew Holden, Dr Nathalie Butt, Dr Alienor Chauvenet, Dr Michaela Plein, Dr Martin Stringer and Dr Iadine Chadès.
They found that, from a selection of 116 conferences from a range of disciplines and countries, only 9% advertised actions that reduced the environmental impact of the conference, with even fewer (4%) offering carbon offsetting options.
Not surprisingly, the ecological disciplines lead the way in attempting to reduce the environmental impact of their conferences, but sustainability paradoxically lags behind - see the figure below, which shows how many of the conferences advertised actions taken to reduce environmental impacts, organised by research discipline.
You can read the article HERE.
Holden M., Butt N., Chauvenet A., Plein M., Stringer M. and Chadès I. 2017. Academic conferences urgently need environmental policies. Nature Ecology & Evolution, published online 07 August 2017. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0296-2.