Travelling has been deeply ingrained in academic life and academic researchers are amongst the highest emitters of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. For a conference such as this, one of the biggest environmental impacts, by a long way, comes from the travel of delegates.
But, we recognise that many colleagues coming from long distances work hard to make the most of their travel to the UK/Europe, including setting up other meetings/collaborations/visits while they are here. We are also keenly aware of the power disparities involved in the fact that this conference takes place in the UK. We do not want to disadvantage or discourage international colleagues, and particularly those from the Global South from attending, or to place additional barriers in their way.
Moreover, conferences such as this are an important part of academic life. They allow scholars at all career stages, particularly early stages, to see how their discipline is enacted; they are a forum for exchanging and testing ideas and new lines of enquiry; for the establishment of new connections and collaborations; and, for some academics, they can provide a sense of belonging. You can find out more about our policies on sustainability and how we work to make the conference as sustainable as possible under its current model.
Piloting options for distance participation
At this year's annual conference, we are exploring and piloting new options for virtual and distance participation. These will include both sharing content 'out' from the conference, and bringing people 'in' remotely to participate in conference sessions. As details are confirmed, we will add them here.
We are keen to explore innovative formats in this area. If you are interested in taking part or have ideas for virtual and distance participation, please contact us (email@example.com) as early as possible, and well in advance of submitting a session proposal. We encourage you to think creatively about how this would work, and how this will benefit both those attending in person and those participating remotely, and to build this into your session proposals where relevant. A reduced registration fee will still apply for distance participation; more information on this will be published shortly.