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Towards low-carbon conferencing: Acceptance of virtual conferencing solutions and other sustainability measures in the ALIFE community

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Harold Fellermann, Professor Jaume Bacardit, Dr Angel Goni-Moreno



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Copyright © ALIFE 2019.All rights reserved.The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimated that humanity has a time window of about 12 years in order to prevent anthropogenic climate change of catastrophic magnitude. Green house gas emission from air travel, which is currently rising, is possibly one of the factors that can be most readily reduced. Within this context, we advocate for the re-design of academic conferences in order to decrease their environmental footprint. Today, virtual technologies hold the promise to substitute many forms of physical interactions and increasingly make their way into conferences to reduce the number of travelling delegates. Here, we present the results of a survey in which we gathered the opinion on this topic of academics worldwide. Results suggest there is ample room for challenging the (dangerous) business-as-usual inertia of scientific lifestyle.

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Author(s): Fellermann H, Penn AS, Fuchslin RM, Bacardit J, Goni-Moreno A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Artificial Life: How Can Artificial Life Help Solve Societal Challenges, ALIFE 2019

Year of Conference: 2019

Pages: 21-27

Print publication date: 01/07/2019

Online publication date: 15/07/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 04/06/2020

Publisher: MIT Press


DOI: 10.1162/isal_a_00240