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The Company of Biologists launches a new initiative to help biologists in sustainable conferencing -

The Company of Biologists has declared its commitment to progress sustainable conferencing via a new, initiative. Initiated by Board of Directors Sally Lowell, Alastair Downie and Kate Storey, the initiative will provide technical, logistical and financial support to help biologists make their conferences more sustainable and successfully virtual. The academic community was already assessing the merits of virtual conferencing long before the events of 2020 took hold.

The benefits of personal interactions at conferences are unrivalled, but their environmental and financial impacts have increasingly become barriers to attendance. Conference organisers around the world have already taken important steps towards more sustainable conferencing, but to become 'greener' still, many face logistical and financial barriers. A lack of resources, funding schemes and experience within the community are all areas in need of support. The development of new tools and active sharing of information will help the wider community overcome the barriers and shape the future of virtual conferencing.

As a first step, the Company has recruited Viktoria Lamprinaki into the new role of Sustainable Conferencing Officer. Viktoria will oversee the Company's commitment to sustainable conferencing, piloting and implementing practical solutions for the benefit of the wider community. A dedicated website will supply information and guidelines on how to set up sustainable conferences, and encourage the community to share feedback and ideas. In the future, financial support will help organisers make sustainable changes to their conference formats.

The Company of Biologists is issuing a call for case studies from conference organisers, speakers or delegates with any experience of piloting new sustainable conference models.

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