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Towards Climate Sustainability – Taking the Academic System from Evidence to Action

ALLEA – All European Academies, Embassy of Switzerland in Germany, Die Junge Akademie | Astrid Eichhorn, Jeroen Dobbelaere, Martin Farley, Omar Kassab, Lina Seitzl

The academic sector is not exempt from the imperatives to operate sustainably

A thorough transformation of every sector is necessary to reach a climate-sustainable society. The latest evidence presented in the IPCC report unequivocally indicates that no sector can continue with ‘business as usual.’ Academic institutions have long played a key role in providing evidence on the climate crisis as well as potential mitigation strategies, but what is the academic system itself doing with this evidence?

ALLEA’s latest report Towards Climate Sustainability of the Academic System in Europe and beyond suggests that, as it stands, the academic system is currently not sustainable, and that a change in culture is required where all stakeholders within the academic system become aware of their climate impact and act to reduce it. While some stakeholders have begun to engage with the topic of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are implementing first steps to track, disclose and reduce them, the report finds that the current evidence base needs to be extended to lessen underestimations and set realistic and consequential emission reduction goals.

As part of the Berlin Science Week 2022, and within the context of this year’s Science Summit’s theme ‘Paradigm Shift: Co-Creating a Sustainable Now”, ALLEA, the Swiss Embassy in Berlin and the German Young Academy are partnering up to host the event Towards Climate Sustainability – Taking the Academic System from Evidence to Action.’ The event will present some of the major findings from ALLEA’s report, and it will also feature representatives from key stakeholder groups within the academic system who will present the programmes and strategies they have developed to embed sustainable practices in their operations and reduce the levels of emissions within their sectors.

The speakers will deliver brief impulse talks followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A session with the audience. A reception with refreshments will be served afterwards. For more information on the programme and speakers, please refer to the event website.



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About the Venue
Embassy of Switzerland, Germany
Otto-von-Bimarck-Allee 4A
Berlin, Berlin 10557 Germany

Astrid Eichhorn

ALLEA | Die Junge Akademie

Astrid Eichhorn is Chair of the ALLEA Working Group Climate Sustainability in the Academic System and Speaker of Die Junge Akademie

Jeroen Dobbelaere

Max Perutz Labs

Senior Scientist and Founder of the Climate Initiative at the Max Perutz Labs

Martin Farley

UCL LEAF Programme | Green Lab Associates

Manager of UCL’s LEAF Programme & Director of GreenLab Associates

Omar Kassab

ETH Zürich

Lecturer and Deputy Head of ETH Sustainability

Lina Seitzl

Deutscher Bundestag

Member of the German Bundestag, SPD

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