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28 and 29 November 2019

Sustainable action that is fair for all generations is a global task and the Helmholtz Association is taking on the challenge. Our first sustainability summit focused on the research process and shed light on issues such as:

  • How should we operate research infrastructure?
  • How can we plan buildings that are as sustainable as possible?
  • How can research equipment be re-used for new research?
  • What should the sustainable development of research centres in the Helmholtz Association look like?

Various experts from the Helmholtz Association discussed sustainable research and work in general terms with participants using a range of interactive formats. The themes were based on the five functional areas established in the LeNa report (www.nachhaltig-forschen.de)

  1. Organisational management (development and planning)
  2. Research (processes and content)
  3. HR (recognition and diversity)
  4. Buildings and infrastructure (designing and operating)
  5. Supportive processes (procurement and mobility)

Summary of individual sustainability measures (in German)

- The 1st Helmholtz Sustainability Summit was a certified climate-friendly event
- The total carbon dioxide emissions from the event were 22,346 kilograms
- An average of 200 people attended both days of the summit
- 56 percent of the participants travelled by train, 38 percent by local public transport and only 6 percent by air

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