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 the rescheduled annual conference in 2021, we will continue to explore and pilot 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.
Thank you to those of you who have included requests for distance participation in your session and paper proposals. We are reviewing these as part of our wider review of all programme submissions, and will be able to confirm which of these requests we can accommodate when we confirm session and paper acceptance.
Please note that those wishing to give a paper remotely would normally be limited to one remote presentation.
A reduced registration fee will apply for distance participation, and will be announced shortly. To register at this rate (once we have confirmed distance participation for your session) please contact the conference organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please direct any questions to email@example.com.