The Sustainable Research Symposium is a recurring symposium which first took place in 2021 when young researchers at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, together with Ava Sustain decided to make an event promoting the integration of sustainability in science.

The Sustainable Research Symposium aims at:

  • Facilitating knowledge-sharing & education
  • Encouraging constructive discussions & problem solving
  • Stimulating motivation & inspiration
  • Enabling networking

The Sustainable Research Symposium is a travelling symposium with a new group of passionate organizers every year. After a very successful 2021 symposium with roughly 700 attendees, The Sustainable Research Symposium has been passed on to the Green Labs NL who will organize the event in 2022.

The core values of the Sustainable Research Symposium revolve around planet and people. As a means to 1) ensure inclusivity 2) limit the climate footprint of the symposium and 3) prevent commercial interests from being entangled into the symposium, each event has to live up to the following requirements:

  1. The symposium must be free of charge for all participants
  2. The symposium must be a virtual or hybrid event to make the contents accessible remotely in real time. If hybrid, no speakers or organizers will use air travel to reach the venue, and the organizers must strongly discourage attendees from flying as well
  3. A recording of the event should be available online for at least seven days after the symposium
  4. The organizers must be associated with a public research institution 
  5. Private companies may pay a fee to participate in procurement fairs, panel discussions and the like, but they cannot pay to become keynote speakers and they cannot be general sponsors of the event
  6. Keynote speakers may come from any organization, public or private. All keynote talks must, however, be focused on knowledge-sharing and education rather than advertising.
  7. The main focus of each symposium must be wet laboratory work as this leaves behind a massive environmental footprint. Additional topics may, however, also be covered.

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