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International symposium: Green Labs: Reducing the Impacts of University Laboratories on the Environment

June 28: 10:00 - 17:00

The significance of sustainability has increased in recent times, but there remain certain areas that require attention in terms of initiating measures towards implementing sustainability. In particular, the domain of laboratory sustainability is one area that is often overlooked.

The utilisation of laboratories incurs energy and resource consumption that is three to five times higher than that of standard office spaces. Moreover, the constant operation of equipment and the extensive consumption of disposable plastics, such as gloves, have considerable environmental impacts. With thousands of universities worldwide operating laboratory facilities, it is imperative that action is taken to mitigate the negative environmental impacts of their operations. The exchange of information and best practices and the promotion of collaborative efforts can expedite the implementation of such changes.

Against this background, the project ‘Sustainable Laboratories’ (NACH-LABS), which is funded by the German Environmental Foundation (DBU) and is a joint effort of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, the Technical University of Darmstadt, and IUTA e.V., supported by the International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP), theEuropean School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR), the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme and theUK Consortium for Sustainability Research (UK-CSR), are organising the international symposium Green Labs: Reducing the Impacts of University Laboratories on the Environment.

It will be held online on 28 June 2024.

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The Symposium will provide an opportunity for universities around the world to present what they are doing, so as to reduce the environmental impacts of their lab operations.

The Symposium presents a unique opportunity for universities worldwide to showcase their ongoing efforts in reducing the environmental impact of their laboratory operations. This event offers a platform for academic institutions to share their innovative solutions and best practices in sustainability, while also fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among attendees. By participating in this Symposium, universities can demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship and contribute to a more sustainable future for all.

The experiences from the contributors will be documented and promoted in the book “Green Labs: reducing the impacts on universities laboratories on the environment”, to as part of the World Sustainability Series with Springer: The book series is peer-reviewed and fully indexed, also in Scopus. Its peer-reviewed nature means that publications on it have over the years officially counted for PhDs, promotion and tenure purposes.

We are now calling for abstracts, which consist of a 200 words outline of a paper and/or presentation, along with the names and full contact details of the authors. Abstracts should be sent to the coordinating team at: nachlabs (at) hamburg (dot) de or to caterina.baars (at) haw-hamburg (dot) de

The deadline for submission of abstracts is is 30th November 2023. Full papers by 30th May 2024. Further details will be discussed with the authors whose abstracts have been accepted.

Important note on submission of abstracts

The earlier submission of abstracts is strongly encouraged. The deadline for submissions of abstracts should not be regarded as the date the abstracts are due. Rather, it is the last possible day.

Therefore, authors who submit their abstracts at  a later stage should be mindful of the fact that presentation slots may be taken, and only poster presentations may be possible. Please submit your abstract as soon as you can, to avoid possible problems.


The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 30th November 2023. Full papers by 30th May 2024. Please send your abstract to: nachlabs (at) haw-hamburg (dot) de

Fees and costs

The event is free of charge.


June 28
10:00 - 17:00