We aim to make ISBPAC 2021 as climate friendly as possible. In order to reduce its environmental impact and improve sustainability, we had implemented a number of sustainable measures, which you can read about below. As the conference is now going to be fully online, we will think about appropriate sustainable measures for the online format. To be continued!
Our sustainability policy before the conference went online:
What do we ask of you?
1. Choose train rather than plane.
We ask you to choose your means of transportation responsibly. As flying is very harmful for the environment, and CO2 emission per traveled kilometer is especially high for shorter flights, please take the train if you can. You can comfortably travel to Nijmegen by train from anywhere in Europe. The Netherlands has an excellent rail network. Three European high-speed trains (Thalys, InterCityExpress, and Eurostar) provide swift and comfortable access to the Netherlands. (N.B. Our favorite way of traveling is by night train!)
2. Choose your CO2 compensation project.
We charge a fee to offset the carbon footprint related to your travel to and from ISBPAC 2020.
- Please use this calculator to determine the CO2 emission for your round-trip journey. Simply fill in all the legs of your trip to and from ISBPAC 2020 and note down the amount (in EUR) that the calculator returns. You will need this information to register for ISBPAC 2020.
- At registration, you can choose which CO2 project your carbon offset fee will contribute to. Reforestation, solar power, wind power – there are many deserving projects “that reduce, avoid or remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere.” Our default option is GreenSeat, which supports projects that reduce CO2 emission while improving the standard of living in developing countries. Another place where you can search for projects is the United Nations Carbon Offset platform, which provides an overview of certified projects all over the world.
- When you register for ISBPAC 2020, you fill in the CO2 compensation project of your choice and your carbon footprint offset fee.
- Please add your carbon footprint offset fee to the ISBPAC 2020 base registration fee. Upon your registration for ISBPAC 2020, we will ask you to pay the total amount into our bank account. We will then transfer the carbon offset fee to the CO2 compensation project of your choice.
3. Choose between on-site and off-site poster presentation.
Traveling has a big impact on the environment. Distance conferencing has been proposed as a more ecologically-friendly alternative to traditional conferences. We have developed a new form of distance conferencing to reduce our ecological footprint.
In addition to live-streaming all the talks, our poster sessions will include off-site poster presentations. For off-site presentations, posters are displayed at the conference venue; presenters do not come to the conference venue but are present via video chat during their poster session. Each poster session contains a mixture of on-site and off-site presentations.
We offer all poster presenters the option to choose between the on-site and off-site presentation style. Off-site presenters pay a reduced registration fee, no CO2 compensation fee, and have no printing costs as we take care of the display of their posters.
If you have been assigned an oral presentation and are interested in your off-site presentation options, please contact us.
What else do we do to make ISBPAC 2020 environmentally friendly?
Digital over printed
We will provide you with electronic instead of printed materials where possible. Reducing the use of paper saves trees, water, and other natural recourses. It reduces landfill and CO2 emission. It also means a reduction of the use of heavy metals and other harmful components of ink.
The food at ISBPAC 2020 will be high-quality and delicious. We will work with the best caterers, providing organic, vegetarian and vegan food which is seasonal and locally produced as much as possible.
We will not provide you with free giveaways and promotional products. Their production is costly for the environment, and they typically end up in the garbage. No swag means fewer unnecessary purchases and less waste.
We will further reduce waste by choosing sustainable packaging, providing tap water rather than bottled water, and by using reusable items rather than disposable ones. Single-use plastic, which will be banned in Europe from 2021, will not be used in the organization of ISBPAC 2020.
If you have suggestions to further our aim of making ISBPAC 2020 a climate-conscious and sustainable event, please let us know!