| Online Conference | 2022 | for free | sustainability | green lab | sustainable science & research | environment friendly | less plastic waste more nature | tips and tricks
Experience the field of sustainable laboratory practice and learn about green chemistry,
reducing waste and recycle equipment in our online event
Become a green researcher yourself in our completely virtual event
Enjoy – Participate – Connect
My Green Lab
Thanks to MyGreenLab we are able to launch this event - Amazing!
My Green Lab® is a non-profit environmental organization with a mission to build a global culture of sustainability in science.
The organization is the world leader in developing internationally recognized sustainability standards for laboratories and laboratory products—bringing sustainability to the community responsible for the world's lifechanging medical and technical innovations.
Labcon shows perfectly that also companies support our passion!
Founded in 1959, Labcon is a global manufacturer of laboratory consumables based in California, USA. Our mission is to provide the highest quality laboratory equipment with the lowest possible environmental impact.
You probably know their passion for green science from your own work and we are happy to have them with us too!
While passion for science helps us to drive discovery, we continue to be guided by our responsibility to each other and our community, both locally and globally, to work towards a more just world. As such, our offices in the US and around the world are committed to the same core values and sustainability practices.
We continuously strive to promote ecologically-sound practices and environmental sustainability in order to protect our natural resources, both locally and globally. For over 40 years, we have been promoting and supporting like-minded organizations worldwide to help achieve this goal. Further, it is our goal to continuously improve our business processes to minimize our impact on the environment.
At NEB, we’re committed to reducing our own environmental footprint and we are always open to suggestions as to how we can do better. We encourage you to share your ideas with the labconscious community, so that we can all benefit from each other’s ideas, big or small.”
Have a look, what we present to you!
Please note: the times are indicated as CEST (Central European Summer Time)! To make it easier for you to schedule see the “Timezone” section where we provide an overview for you : )
- An orientation in sustainable laboratory work
- Our Motivation
- Where are we headed?
- Get to know the inspiring journey of Labexchange
- Quantifying the CO2 footprint
- How you start trading your machines
- Cool, easy, relaxed
- Meet us and our presenters
- Build your network, if you like
- Learn with us what you can improve in your work
- Concrete examples
- A practical discussion – pragmatic efficiency
- Get to know what mygreenlab achieved
- ACT label - freezer challenge? What is that?
- Shared experiences for your work
- Important aspects in the green lab
- Possible solutions for challenges we face
- How Labconscious can help you in your adventure
- What is a “green consultant”?
- What is EGNATON
- Introduction to Ecomapping
- Introduction to LEAF and SELs
- The green lab consumable guide
- Your dive into sustainable chemical use
- Seldomly addressed topic: laboratory space
- How to use machines more efficiently together
- The energy issue
- Cool, easy, relaxed
- Meet us and our presenters
- Build your network, if you like
- And how do I share my knowledge now?
- Wanna green date? Here’s how
- Approach others effectively and without worries
- You are not alone! The lonely journey
- Doing what we need: connect
- How you can benefit from GreenYourLab
- We can wash pipettes? Yes, Grenova can!
- How their innovations work
- How much we profit from washing our tips
- The history of Nikoline
- How to work with companies towards a greener future
- Management of green ventures
An easy guide to your Timezone:
Consider that our event will take place during summer time.
Times in the schedule are indicated as CEST (Central European Summer Time) – that means this time counts for you if you are close to Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm = UTC +2
If you are say in New York or Toronto (Eastcoast):
then you are normally EST or UTC -5 but since it is summer time, you are EDT or UTC -4. In easy – just substract 6 hours from all the times given (aka CEST -6).
If you live in e.g. Los Angeles (Westcoast):
you substract 9 hours (CEST -9).
If you are in Peking:
you do not have summer time: thus it is UTC +8 i.e. the event start for you at 3PM (CEST +6).
Have you ever wondered what you can do to make your lab more sustainable?
In this workshop we will tackle this question in a fun and captivating way – to show you what you can do yourself the next time you stand behind the bench.
You will learn
1) What are the 5 Rs everybody is talking about?
2) The important aspects to look out for in your lab and the different areas you can optimize
3) Concrete approaches on how to work greener & get to know what others have already established in their lab.
Join at the 14th of May at 17:45 CEST (UTC+2)
Meet new friends?
Connect to others with a similar passion
Experience who else is out there?
Get to know us
Get to know our presenters
Get to know other green researchers
In a relaxed and cozy fashion we are there to chat, discuss or answer your questions
Here you can build your own network
and find friends who will accompany you in your
Hey you : ) Great that you join the many other researchers worldwide who want to contribute to greener sciences. We are addressing a serious issue:
- 5 milliones tonnes of plastic might have been wasted in the united states in 20141
- A single -80 freezer takes around as much energy as a whole 4 people family home
- 97% of waste from RT-PRC Covid tests are incinerated, and the rest goes to landfills, not to recycling! (Until August 2020 these tests produced around 15,439.59 tons of plastic residue worldwide)2
All these numbers are estimates, still, estimates which show the huge impact of our research on the environment. In other words it not just our effort we sacrifice in research but also a part of our nature. However, we all love our experiments if it is chemistry, biology, pharmacy, biochemistry, molecular medicine or any other kind of science. And we want to show you the way to take some steps to combine both our passions in a sustainable way! How to handle waste, energy, chemical or equipment.
See how many speakers we could recruit; how large our network is; how many movements are created worldwide! A whole lot of very passionate researchers all over the world share our passion and already share their ideas and work. Indeed, wherever you look, you will find an initiative, consultants, firms or students doing amazing work!
You might have heart of the 3R – indeed, we like the 5Rs better: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Reject
We are the greatest friends of reduce and rethink! How to put them into action see “Getting precise”.
If you have not yet heart of them, let us provide you with a little perspective: basically, all of those are great but we have to make some remarks. Reduce where you can! We will again address how reducing can improve your experiments and give your research strategy another boost (see section “Even Further”). By reusing you not just save resources but you also money, which can make a nice argument for less convinced researchers. Reducing also makes the largest impression on numbers and easiest noticed by producers – showing them you care about sustainability, incentivizing to do so too.
Also, Reuse is a great idea but two aspects can become an issue: if I use glas instead of plastics, I might have to autoclave it. Also, often people are pretty afraid of reusing although it is rarely a problem. Indeed, often we face the challenge that some solvents or chemicals reside in our tubes contaminating them. Moreover, that is also one of the biggest problem for recycling since we have to use clean materials to achieve high efficiencies.
Recycling means we can use the material again, however, often what we do is actually down cycling. From the stand point of material sciences our plastics have some limitations too. Btw, talking chain lengths here – without starting a lecture about polymers (although different techniques to dissolve these more efficiently … just kidding 😀 you can ask us in the socializing if you are interested).
Rejecting is one of our strongest expressions. And we can just advice you to do so since it will show your mates you really got a green heart! Although it is useful, unfortunately it is often pretty difficult to do and might scare some others. A little tip, reject not directly but ask others for an alternative – if they got one, great! If they do not, they might reject with you.
Rethinking, the most difficult but still, the most fun! Ever felt the exciting feeling of having invented a completely new approach to your scientific inquiry? More sustainable, faster and easier to do – it is all in your hands. Even better, rethinking can be applied everywhere, from chemicals to energy. In the beginning it might seem a bit scary but trust yourself, you will come up with a solution once you have a closer look how to restructure your experiment. Concretely, have little search which organic solvents are better to use or do you really have to split your cell lines one after another? You can do it in parallel not just being faster but using the same pipettes for the same solutions.
Summing it up, the greatest impacts and the most fun are definitely reduce and rethink! Make the first step and you will not stop because you feel the excitement. Reducing avoids many of the limitations of re- or down-cycling and especially helps you in the scarcity of COVID times. Rethinking gives you the opportunity to improve anywhere, anywhen you want and in which way you want.
During the conference you will see precisely what you can do in the lab. You already want to know a bit more? Ok, alright, we like that, so here you go:
1) Grab for the low hanging fruit at first: set your freezer from -80 to -70 that will save about 20% of its energy consumption. Do not be afraid, the fear that your samples will degrade right away is totally exaggerated. A couple years ago -70 was pretty common anyway.
2) Turn machines off when you do not need them. If you know, you need the water bath today, why not turning it on in the morning – or at least keeping it off during the weekend. Also, think about your computer and its screen – sleep mode is also an improvement!
3) Needless to say, use smaller tubes and pipette tips of possible. If you have to refill your pipette once again or pipette two times more do not worry, nature says warm thanks. Saving time is also possible: if you do the same steps multiple times (like DNA preps or washing) you have the amazing luxury to have multiple pipetts, do not change the tips but keep them on and change the pipette (“Change the pipette not the tip”).
4) More about waste: have a little thought how you can safe some waste. For example, when you have a multiple samples, add the solution which you need in most of them first. Also, if you are going to use your sample or chemical up, use the same pipette tip you used before – contamination does not matter when you throw the empty tube away or the two chemicals you use end up in the same sample anyway. In the same way maybe you can save tubes by combining two mixtures during preparation before splitting them when adding your sample. You already realize, there is no law-like text you can follow. Rather, it is on you just pondering a bit what you can do.
5) Indeed, if you want to extend your impact, we can even go further. As an example, let us consider SDS-PAGEs. Some people may contradict this approach but to our experiences it does not cause issues but can safe a whole lot of plastics. If you use your chemicals only for SDS-PAGEs then: use the first serological pipette and pipette at first water in your 50 mL tube. Then, you use the same pipette to add the Tris buffer. Then, believe it or not, you use the same pipette and add the SDS. Still, for TEMED and APS use different tips! Realize that you have saved about 2/3 of waste so far. Then, when you have poured your gel, and some liquid gel is left over, pour it in an old box or styro-holder for tubes to let it dry (since it is toxic please do not pour it away). Then, you can use the same 50 mL tube again the next time you make a gel.
For the “maniacs” amongst you, if you prepare resolving and stacking gel the same time, you can first pipette lower % Tris and then keep the same pipette for the higher % Tris. That will save you 5/6 of plastic waste!
We hope you got an impression of what is possible and that open eyes are you best friend! For anything else, our presenters and their initiatives have even more to offer. Also, feel free to contact us whatever fits you best.
At first, it all sounds pretty overwhelming, but every challenge offers a great chance to grow. Our goal is not just to make your research greener but also to provide you with some additional skills – experimental design. Improving not just your ecological footstep but also making your data nicer, cleaner and stronger. We mentioned it already, giving your experiments another thought can be very helpful to see where you can reduce waste but can also help you to improve your research strategy as well. Once you are consciously considering your experiments and adapting them yourself, you
- become more confident in scientific conduct
- discover all the aspects to be considered when planning a new experiment
- and work more precise – a bit meditative even.
You see the same aspects all over because it is all connected: better planning can result in better reproducibility because we optimize our design, therefore, we can e.g. use less animals in our approach, and also use less plastics and energy, plus we safe time. See the opportunity to reduce & rethink and thereby become a conscious researcher discovering your experiments from a new angle. Recognizing the caveats of your experiments will help you to see how much you can optimize everywhere (connecting sustainability and scientific improvement). For example, you can contribute to the larger picture when your paper is addressing questions thoroughly and thereby potentially reducing the number of further publications in other words, your competitors.
Every action we take makes an impact! Every single step we do is progressing towards more sustainable science. We are the first to advance and make our research greener and we will do that together. There are many things you have already learnt, but take it cool – one step after another. Start little and then get the momentum to go on. Finally, we are all here to help you with whatever question you have or to share your story.
We are a team of students located throughout Germany. We are working in different areas including biology, medicine, material sciences, design as well as networking and are connected by our passion for sustainability in science. We are ambitious to change research for a better future. For us, for you, for everyone.
At some point you start to notice the huge amount of waste that is being produced, how many chemicals you waste – And you wonder how to change that?
Pondering on how sustainable research is actually being conducted.
In our daily work we see how resources are being used carelessly, how much energy is wasted and how little is being made to prevent this. This created a strong urge in us to do something about this. Our passion is to change the way research is being performed – making it greener and better for both us and the planet. We want to motivate more people who want to participate and be a part of this change. Our motivation is to encourage exchange between people interested in green laboratory work and to create a network where people can learn and interact with people interested in this topic, improving research everyday. At the end it becomes impossible not to notice all the areas you can improve in your laboratory work.
Since creating a more sustainable culture is a global problem, our conference is for everyone. Whether you are a student who noticed mountains of plastic waste in your lab and are now interested in sustainable laboratories, a professor who wants to find out what is currently being done in this field or a company which either already works in this area or wants to expand its knowledge in this area. You are welcome to join as many talks as you want, to check out our workshops, to expand your knowledge and to connect to other participants.
Currently sustainability is becoming more and more important in all areas of our lives. However, sometimes we are trying to fight this battle alone instead of creating a network of people with the same motivations and intentions. Participating in this conference will show you the interesting work of people through easy and short presentations and will give you the chance to get in touch with people interested in this topic…
Yes, and registration for this conference is completely free. This way we will be able to provide you with all the information you need to join the conference on the 14th and 15th of May 2022 15:00-18:00 MET. Further, it really helps us to keep an overview on the number of people who signed up for the conference.
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That is great. Of course, in our opinion, our conference is a perfect start! If you cannot wait so long, check out the websites of XXX and XXXX. Here you will also find further information.
- You have already completed the first step of asking yourself how to make a difference.
- Second of all focus on three important factors: plastic, chemicals and energy
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