FENS is convinced of the central value that comes from bringing researchers from a broad range of neuroscientific disciplines together every second year to discuss and advance their research agendas. While the FENS Forum accomplishes exactly that, FENS is aware that in doing so, there is an associated negative impact on the environment.
FENS is dedicated to minimising the environmental impact of the Forum and firmly believes that we all have a part to play in preserving our future for generations to come, both locally and across the globe.
In collaboration with a leading sustainability advisory organisation, CO2logic, FENS has therefore devised a strategy to take concrete actions to reduce the environmental impact of the Forum through sustainability initiatives embedded throughout the entire planning process. FENS action will be trifold:
Reduce and minimise the use of energy, resources and waste
Maximise recycling in a responsible way
Enable delegates to offset the carbon emissions from their air transport when they register.
What actions has FENS taken for the Forum?
Advised by CO2logic, FENS has carefully considered the event organisation and prioritised actions within areas with the greatest environmental impact. Initiatives for energy conservation and emission reduction are being implemented for the Forum. The Forum’s footprint will be audited after its completion by CO2Logic in order to evaluate the Glasgow Forum and identify areas for improvement in next editions of the FENS Forum. Remaining emissions from the Glasgow Forum will be offset by FENS.
How can you take part?
Delegates are invited to take part in this initiative as well, to offset the carbon footprint associated with their travel and to choose low-carbon options when they attend the Forum.
In addition, FENS encourages attendees to participate in an action that aims to support the Woodland Trust in Scotland that works to improve local environmental diversity. As part of the registration process, attendees are invited to make a 5-euro donation in support of the Loch Arkaig pine forest, a local sustainability and biodiversity project in the Scottish Highlands (learn more). Each delegate’s donation will be fully matched by FENS.
Participants are invited to offset the carbon footprint associated with their travel to the Forum. In order to facilitate this, Forum delegates will be able to offset aircraft emissions during the registration process in accordance with the table below, developed by CO2logic.
The proceeds from offsetting will support two projects.
- A project in Uganda is providing clean cookstoves to replace rudimentary practices such as open fires.
- An 8.5 Mega Watt wind energy scheme in Tamil Nadu, India, will feed renewable electricity into the national grid.
Further information on this offset programme can be found here (download PDF).
|CO2 Emissions for the Number of Hours Flown|
|Hours flight (one-way) categories||Economy class (round trip)||Business class (round trip)|
|Emissions (kgCO2e)||Offset price|
Delegates who are not flying to Glasgow or wish to offset their aircraft emissions separately can do so through online calculators, such as Greentripper.
The main city centre and West End, where the majority of hotels are situated, are within walking distance of the Forum venue, the Scottish Event Campus (SEC). For those who wish to take public transport, there is a train station at the SEC and a bus stop just outside the centre, that both have frequent connections to Glasgow city centre. Train connections in the mornings and afternoons are every 5-10 minutes (more information). Passes, such as the ScotRail Conference Rover ticket, allow delegates unlimited travel on the rail link between the SEC and the main hotel district and the city centre.
The SEC will furthermore provide Forum delegates codes to offer city bike rental which all Forum delegates are naturally encouraged to use.
Delegates are invited to select nearby accommodation to avoid additional transport emissions and to choose a hotel that also considers its environmental impact.
A large part of catering available will include seasonal and local options and all disposable items are compostable. The SEC has implemented sustainable development actions such as choosing suppliers with concrete environmental initiatives and approaches. It has set in place a system for recycling throughout the venue and for the distribution of surplus food items, in collaboration with a local charity, Launch Foods.
Delegates are invited to use the waste collectors provided onsite and to re-use or recycle their waste to the extent possible. Carrying their own reusable water bottle and coffee cup will significantly reduce emissions from unnecessary single-use packaging.
The SEC has set up separate waste streams for breakdown of exhibitor installations and has deployed a system allowing them to deal with electrical waste.
It is highly recommended that exhibitors planning to send shipments keep the original packaging in good condition for re-use when sending back leftover materials at the end of the Forum.