Seminars going online

In The Olden Days, as in two years ago, seminars and colloquia were almost always about a local researcher or guest being in the same room as the audience, giving a presentation by projecting slides from their computer, and answering questions afterwards. While interaction later might involve project discussions or similar, up to that point there is nothing in such a presentation that actually requires physical presence in the same location. Hence this could be a no-travel interaction in the first place.

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Flying: background and scale

Flying is contributing ~2.5% to the global CO2 emissions, due to the emission in the stratosphere the climate impact is substantially higher, currently estimated at around 5% in the EU. At this level its impact is about a third of all emissions from transport, or 1/5 of that of global energy production. [1] And it typically dominates the emission budget of scientists.

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Flying less in academia: links and ressources

You’re not alone! Scientists, students, academics and many others are thinking about how they can reduce their own work- (and life-)related carbon emissions. And many come to similar conclusions. This collection is meant as a growing ressource for these thoughts and analyses to not having to re-invent the wheel too many times.

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Hello, science world!

Science is not just labcoats and computers, paper and pencil, and a peer reviewed publication, science and academia is about data exchange and communication. Astronomy, for example, is a global science with researchers on all continents (including Antarctica!). At the same time  technology centers and telescope facilities are not randomly distributed, but are either attached to large institutions  (tech) or remote mountain ranges (telescopes). So?

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