This hybrid Royal Society conference, developed in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry, offered a forum to connect a broad range of individuals working within both wet and dry laboratory environments who have an interest in enhancing the environmental sustainability of research and innovation activities. These included senior leaders from industry and academia as well as scientists, technicians, and students working in a wide range of scientific environments including physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, and clinical research.
It took a discursive approach to highlight and explore this topic, considering trade-offs and myths, examining examples of good practice and promising innovations, exploring current and future challenges, discussing how progress might be measured, and fostering opportunities for collaboration. The conference contained a number of elements, including:
- a series of roundtable discussions
- reflections from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Academy of Medical Sciences’ FORUM on recent publications and workshops
- future direction of travel for the Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework
- case studies from industry
- discussion about metrics, data collection, and lifecycle assessments
- Scope 3 emissions
- a discussion for laboratory scientists, technicians and data scientists
- discussion with funding bodies
There was also unstructured time during refreshment breaks for networking and discussion.
Download the conference report (PDF), a summary of the talks and activities from this meeting.
About the conference series
Supported by Rolls-Royce, this meeting formed part of the Royal Society’s Transforming our future series. These meetings are unique, high-level events that address the scientific and technical challenges of the next decade. Each conference features cutting-edge science from industry and academia and brings together leading experts from the scientific community, including regulatory, charity and funding bodies.
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