12 episodes

Laboratories are leaving behind a massive ecological footprint that isn't exactly improving the state of our planet.
But what can wet-lab scientists do to reduce their environmental impact? And is it possible to go green in the lab without compromising research?!
In this podcast, we discuss obstacles and solutions related to sustainability in science, and we give you hands-on tips on how to reduce the environmental impact of your lab work without compromising research.

The Caring Scientist: Mission Sustainable Nikoline Borgermann & Adriana Wolf Perez

    • Science

Laboratories are leaving behind a massive ecological footprint that isn't exactly improving the state of our planet.
But what can wet-lab scientists do to reduce their environmental impact? And is it possible to go green in the lab without compromising research?!
In this podcast, we discuss obstacles and solutions related to sustainability in science, and we give you hands-on tips on how to reduce the environmental impact of your lab work without compromising research.

    Episode 12: How to start a national green labs network with Hannah Johnson from Green Labs Netherlands

    Episode 12: How to start a national green labs network with Hannah Johnson from Green Labs Netherlands

    In this episode of the podcast, we have Hannah Johnson from Green Labs Netherlands (GLNL) visiting us.

    How did the GLNL network start and how is the team organized? Which activities are they engaging in? And what does Hannah advise YOU to do if you are considering starting a national network!?

    Join us on our mission towards more sustainable research as we discuss obstacles and solutions, talk to other caring scientists, and try to figure out how to make scientific research more sustainable. One thing is certain: Mission Sustainable isn't a Mission Impossible!

    Your hosts are:


    Adriana Wolf Perez, Ph.D., working as a program manager at the University of Cambridge, UK
    Nikoline Borgermann, Ph.D., working as an independent green lab consultant at Ava Sustain and a sustainable labs advisor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    ... and both are passionate about the planet and people!

    Reach out if you have questions or comments! podcast@avasustain.com

    Useful links related to this episode:

    GLNL website: https://www.greenlabs-nl.eu/

    SuRe Symposium 19 May: https://suresymp.com/

    SELs - a new European green lab network: https://www.sels-network.org/

    Previous episode on LEAF: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6TrQZcY7ajVYvCeX524g2o

    Twitter: @greenlabs_NL and @caringscientist

    Instagram: @thecaringscientist

    Our Linktree: www.linktr.ee/thecaringscientist

    Nikoline's website: www.avasustain.com

    You can find Nikoline's social media accounts under @avasustain (Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram)

    Special thanks to:

    Joana Duro Fernandes (Podcast Cover)

    Laurie Pattison (Music)

    • 23 min
    Episode 11: Science will never become sustainable unless we change how we procure and consume in the labs

    Episode 11: Science will never become sustainable unless we change how we procure and consume in the labs

    In this episode of the podcast, we discuss (more) sustainable products and procurement with Raj Patey from My Green Lab.

    How can lab products be optimized in terms of sustainability -- and how can you recognize greenwashing? How can you use the ACT label to find more sustainable products? And what can YOU do to motivate manufacturers to make greener products?

    Join us on our mission towards more sustainable research as we discuss obstacles and solutions, talk to other caring scientists, and try to figure out how to make scientific research more sustainable. One thing is certain: Mission Sustainable isn't a Mission Impossible!

    Your hosts are:


    Adriana Wolf Perez, Ph.D., working as a scientist in a biomedical start-up company in Cambridge, UK
    Nikoline Borgermann, Ph.D., working as an independent green lab consultant at Ava Sustain in Copenhagen, Denmark

    ... and both are passionate about the planet and people!

    Reach out if you have questions or comments! podcast@avasustain.com

    Useful links related to this episode:

    My Green Lab Website: https://mygreenlab.org/ 

    The ACT database: https://act.mygreenlab.org/ 

    Report on the climate impact of biotech and pharma: https://www.mygreenlab.org/blog-beaker/my-green-lab-measures-carbon-impact-of-biotech-and-pharma

    Twitter: @My_Green_Lab and @caringscientist

    Instagram: @thecaringscientist

    Our Linktree: www.linktr.ee/thecaringscientist

    Nikoline's website: www.avasustain.com

    You can find Nikoline's social media accounts under @avasustain (Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram)

    Special thanks to:

    Joana Duro Fernandes (Podcast Cover)

    Laurie Pattison (Music)

    • 34 min
    Episode 10: “Talent is everywhere -- resources are not” with Melissa Wu from Seeding Labs

    Episode 10: “Talent is everywhere -- resources are not” with Melissa Wu from Seeding Labs

    In this episode of the podcast, we focus not only on ecological sustainability but also on social equity in science. Together with the CEO of the non-profit organization Seeding Labs, Melissa Wu, we discuss how donating surplus lab equipment impacts the two.

    Which types of lab equipment can be donated to the “Instrumental Access” program, and how is it decided who receives it? Can broken lab equipment be given a new life through Seeding Labs? And in which ways have donations via Seeding Labs improved local responses to natural disasters and COVID-19?

    Join us on our mission towards more sustainable research as we discuss obstacles and solutions, talk to other caring scientists, and try to figure out how to make scientific research more sustainable. One thing is certain: Mission Sustainable isn't a Mission Impossible!

    Your hosts are:


    Adriana Wolf Perez, Ph.D., working as a scientist in a biomedical start-up company in Cambridge, UK
    Nikoline Borgermann, Ph.D., working as an independent green lab consultant at Ava Sustain in Copenhagen, Denmark

    ... and both are passionate about the planet and people!

    Reach out if you have questions or comments! podcast@avasustain.com

    Useful links related to this episode:

    Seeding Labs Website: www.seedinglabs.org

    The urgently needed equipment: www.seedinglabs.org/urgent

    Twitter: @SeedingLabs and @caringscientist

    Instagram: @thecaringscientist

    Our Linktree: www.linktr.ee/thecaringscientist

    Nikoline's website: www.avasustain.com

    You can find Nikoline's social media accounts under @avasustain (Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram)



    Special thanks to:

    Joana Duro Fernandes (Podcast Cover)

    Laurie Pattison (Music)

    • 28 min
    Episode 9: The Thoughtful Travel Campaign with Kate Whitfield and Teun Bousema

    Episode 9: The Thoughtful Travel Campaign with Kate Whitfield and Teun Bousema

    In this episode of the podcast, we continue on the topic of sustainable conferencing and air travel in academia together with Kate Whitfield, sustainability expert at ISGLOBAL, and Teun Bousema, Professor at Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen.

    What is the “Thoughtful Travel Campaign” and how can you take part? What can scientists, institutions, and funding bodies do to promote low-carbon travel alternatives and virtual meetings? And how are virtual meetings and equity connected?

    Join us on our mission towards more sustainable research as we discuss obstacles and solutions, talk to other caring scientists, and try to figure out how to make scientific research more sustainable. One thing is certain: Mission Sustainable isn't a Mission Impossible! 

    Your hosts are:


    Adriana Wolf Perez, Ph.D., working as a scientist in a biomedical start-up company in Cambridge, UK
    Nikoline Borgermann, Ph.D., working as an independent green lab consultant at Ava Sustain in Copenhagen, Denmark

    ... and both are passionate about the planet and people! 

    Reach out if you have questions or comments! podcast@avasustain.com 

    Useful links related to this episode:

    Thoughtful Travel Campaign website: https://www.flyingless.org

    The petition and pledge originated from Flying Less and was done in collaboration with Time To Explane: https://www.timetoexplane.com/  

    Kate´s Twitter: @Zeroverse_Kate

    Teun´s Twitter: @TeunBousema

    Mentioned references related to academic air travel:

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01521-3

    https://astronomersforplanet.earth/

    Twitter: @caringscientist

    Instagram: @thecaringscientist

    Our Linktree: www.linktr.ee/thecaringscientist

    Nikoline's website: www.avasustain.com

    You can find Nikoline's social media accounts under @avasustain (Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram)



    Special thanks to:

    Joana Duro Fernandes (Podcast Cover)
    Laurie Pattison (Music)

    • 30 min
    Episode 8: Viktoria Lamprinaki explains The Sustainable Conferencing Initiative

    Episode 8: Viktoria Lamprinaki explains The Sustainable Conferencing Initiative

    In this episode of the podcast, we talk to Viktoria Lamprinaki from the Company of Biologists about the "Sustainable Conferencing Initiative" which aims at promoting virtual conferences and reducing air travel in academia.

    What are the current trends in organizing more sustainable events and how has the pandemic changed our perception of virtual meetings? What does the Sustainable Conferencing Initiative entail, and how can it be useful for researchers at all stages of their careers?

    Join us on our mission towards more sustainable research as we discuss obstacles and solutions, talk to other caring scientists, and try to figure out how to make scientific research more sustainable.
    One thing is certain: Mission Sustainable isn't a Mission Impossible!

    Your hosts are:


    Adriana Wolf Perez, Ph.D., working as a scientist in a biomedical start-up company in Cambridge, UK
    Nikoline Borgermann, Ph.D., working as an independent green lab consultant at Ava Sustain in Copenhagen, Denmark

    ... and both are passionate about the planet and people! Reach out if you have questions or comments! podcast@avasustain.com

    Our guest is:

    Viktoria Lamprinaki: Sustainable Conferencing Officer at the Company of Biologists

    Useful links related to the episode:


    https://sustainability.biologists.com/
    You can find the initiative on Twitter under @COB_sustainable
    Twitter: @caringscientist
    Instagram: @thecaringscientist
    Our Linktree: www.linktr.ee/thecaringscientist
    Nikoline's website: www.avasustain.com
    You can find Nikoline's social media accounts under @avasustain (Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram)

    Special thanks to:

    Joana Duro Fernandes (Podcast Cover)
    Laurie Pattison (Music)
    Philip Mair (help with editing)

    • 19 min
    Episode 7: Martin Farley explains the LEAF green lab certification scheme

    Episode 7: Martin Farley explains the LEAF green lab certification scheme

    In this special episode of the podcast, we have invited Martin Farley -- AKA GreenLabGuy from Twitter -- to speak about the LEAF certification program for public research institutions. Martin works as a Sustainable Labs Adviser at University College London and a Sustainable Research Manager at Kings College London, and he is the main driver behind LEAF.

    What is LEAF and what is it like to take part in the LEAF program at an institution? What can you do to get your workplace to implement green lab schemes like LEAF? And what did Martin first google when he had a little career crisis before embarking on the green lab journey!? 

    Join us on our mission towards more sustainable research as we discuss obstacles and solutions, talk to other caring scientists, and try to figure out how to make scientific research more sustainable. One thing is certain: Mission Sustainable isn't a Mission Impossible!

    Your hosts are:


    Adriana Wolf Perez, Ph.D., working as a scientist in a biomedical start-up company in Cambridge, UK

    Nikoline Borgermann, Ph.D., working as an independent green lab consultant at Ava Sustain in Copenhagen, Denmark


    ... and both are passionate about the planet and people! Reach out if you have questions or comments! podcast@avasustain.com



    Our guest is:


    Martin Farley: Sustainable Labs Adviser at University College London, Sustainable Research Manager at Kings College London, and Director of Green Lab Associates (https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-farley-47a73956/)



    Useful links related to Episode 7:


    Info on LEAF: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable/staff/leaf
    UCL resources and materials: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable/staff/labs/resources-and-materials
    You can find Martin on Twitter under @GreenLabGuy
    Twitter: @caringscientist
    Instagram: @thecaringscientist
    Our Linktree: www.linktr.ee/thecaringscientist
    Nikoline's website: www.avasustain.com
    You can find Nikoline's social media accounts under @avasustain (Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram)



    Special thanks to:

    Joana Duro Fernandes (Podcast Cover)

    Laurie Pattison (Music)

    • 19 min

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