The following speakers are confirmed for the Sustainable Research Symposium 2022:

Valeria Scagliotti is a former academic researcher who spent a decade working in labs. After completing a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the Queen Mary University of London, she worked for three years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at King’s College London. There, she volunteered as a ‘Sustainability Champion’, adopting the LEAF programme and promoting sustainable practices for both laboratories and office spaces within the department. Last year, she decided to transform her passion for sustainable science into a new career and became an independent sustainability consultant with a focus on life sciences and research. She is based in Heidelberg (Germany) but she is involved in several international projects, including the Sustainable European Laboratories (SELs) Network.

Daniela Farina is the lab manager in the University of Exeter’s Environment & Sustainability Institute (ESI) since 2016. When she started, she realized that STEM research labs have a massive carbon footprint and she started investigating how to improve this. And with success: they achieved the LEAF Silver Award, becoming the first University of Exeter lab to be recognized for sustainable practices. She launched several sustainability initiatives in her own labs, and since January 2021, she is in charge of introducing the LEAF sustainability assessment and accreditation system in other labs. Using a combination of centrally developed training and local knowledge from the lab managers and technical teams, they managed to implement LEAF across board and reach 100% accreditation rate within 12 months from launch.

Nikoline Borgermann is a scientist by training and an environmentalist by heart! Nikoline studied biochemistry in Denmark and Germany, and she did a Ph.D. focused on genomic instability at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. After a short postdoc, Nikoline left academia to work as an independent, value-driven green lab consultant. In addition to giving workshops and seminars, she helps public research institutions and private companies reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint of their laboratories. 

Marlène Bartès joined the European Commission in 2013, where she worked for the unit responsible for international cooperation and programmes in the field of education and training. Since 2020, she is part of the team in charge of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), the EU’s reference programme for doctoral education and postdoctoral training. As a policy officer she is responsible for several files, including the contribution of the MSCA to the European Green Deal.

Loïc Lannelongue is finishing a PhD at the University of Cambridge working at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and biology. In parallel to his research, he has led the development of the Green Algorithms project, which aims at raising awareness about the carbon footprint of computational research across all fields of science. He has also published “Ten simple rules to make your computing more environmentally sustainable” and recently a blog article in BCS’ IT Now about the impact of High Performance Computing. Prior to that, Loïc was at the University of Oxford and ENSAE Paris in France. More information about Loïc can be found here.

Jan Heidelberger is currently working as a PhD Coordinator for the Max Planck School Matter to Life in Heidelberg, Germany. During his time as a PhD student, he and his colleagues established the grassroot sustainability group IMB Green at the Institute of Molecular Biology in Mainz, Germany. After he moved to the Max Planck School Matter to Life, he joined the Max Planck Sustainability Network (MPSN) and became a member of the steering committee in June 2021. The goal of the MPSN is to make research in the Max Planck Society and in science in general more ecologically sustainable. The network is currently spanning over 40 sustainability groups at Max Planck Institutes across Germany.

Hannah Johnson is a technician and lab manager at the Princess Maxima Center in the Netherlands. She has worked over the past year to set up a local green team at the institute but was also part of the founding team of Green Labs Netherlands (Green Labs NL). Green Labs NL formed in mid 2021 with the aim To provide a network for the Dutch scientific community and work towards embedding sustainability as a key foundation of scientific research in the Netherlands. By connecting and promoting local green initiatives they facilitate and help coordinate the move towards a more sustainable research environment in the Netherlands. Hannah has also been the central coordinate on the LEAF in dutch institutes pilots for Green Labs NL, implementing the LEAF sustainable science programme into many Dutch public research organisations.

Brendan Rouse is the Environmental Officer at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) based in Heidelberg, Germany. He has developed EMBL’s first sustainability strategy and is working to deliver on its priorities to do environmentally responsible research, environmentally relevant research and to promote sustainable science. Brendan started as a sustainability professional in the UK delivering sustainability strategies at Great Ormond St. Hospital for Children and at Landsec, a corporate real estate investor. Brendan studied at University of Manchester and Technische Universität München, is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and is an EU Climate Pact Ambassador.

Jeroen Dobbelaere is a cell biologist, trained in Belgium, Switzerland, the UK and Austria and studies cell-cell communication and cell division. In addition, he is the founder of the grass root group Climate@MaxPerutzLabs at the University of Vienna, Austria. Goal of the group is to acquire environmental data of the environmental footprint of life-sciences, provide data and training for peers and staff of the university to induce a behavior change to make research more sustainable. Next to advising the university to implement sustainable measures, he started the “Climate Café”, an interactive format to discuss sustainability in academia, and is author of several blog and papers on sustainability.

Dr. Leonard Burtscher obtained a PhD in astronomy in 2011 at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy (Heidelberg, Germany) and worked as a postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial physics (Garching, Germany). Since 2017 he is a staff scientist at Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands. His astronomical research interest is both on high-resolution studies of nearby active galaxies in the infrared, and on designing and optimizing the instruments required to observe these objects.
In 2019, Leo co-founded the grass-roots network Astronomers for Planet Earth, which is both an action group calling to reduce emissions from astronomy research, as well as an outreach network to spread the message that there really is no planet B. Leo also initiated and chaired the working group on sustainability by the European Astronomical Society as well as a committee on the topic at his institute.

Viktoria Lamprinaki is the Sustainability Officer of The Company of Biologists, based in Cambridge. She has worked in the field of Sustainability for more than 6 years building and implementing strategies, measuring outcomes and reporting. Viktoria studied Physics and has an MSc in Environmental management and sustainability. In her current role she is helping The Company of Biologists develop their own sustainability strategy and she’s responsible for the Sustainable Conferencing Initiative which was created to support to Biologists in their quest of creating more sustainable events. She’s a member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, and a Positive Impact ambassador.

The UNI-ECO project is an initiative led by the University of Montpellier in partnership with the University of Barcelona, Utrecht University (through the Green Office), the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and Trinity College Dublin (all members of the CHARM-EU European Universities alliance), as well as the university network UNIMED and the NGO CESIE. Their project aims to raise awareness about sustainability on university campuses, and foster cooperation and actions among all the users of the campuses (students, academic and non-academic staff members). Justine van den Bergh and Anjelle Rademakers from the Utrecht University Green Office will give a talk on behalf of UNI-ECO.

PAN-biotech is a company that for over 30 years supplies customers all around the globe with cell culture reagents, including media, sera and biologicals. Since two years they have put many efforts in increasing the sustainability in their cell culture reagents through the three R’s: Recycle, Reduce, Replace. Join this talk to learn more about their sustainability goals, including their return system for PET-medium culture bottles! 

KlimaatGesprekken, part of the international Carbon Conversations project, is a Dutch NGO empowering you to discuss climate change and sustainability in a meaningful way. Based on insights from climate psychology and behavioural change, KlimaatGesprekken offers series of workshops in which participants become aware of their carbon footprint and how to lower it, share their thoughts and emotions on climate change and sustainability, and also learn how to communicate this potentially challenging topic in an inspiring way. In this talk we will discuss and experience how you can have a successful ‘carbon conversation’ about making science more sustainable. More information: www.klimaatgesprekken.nl / www.carbonconversations.org 

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