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The carbon footprint of large astronomy meetings

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Friday, September 25, 2020

Leonard Burtscher, Didier Barret, Abhijeet P. Borkar, Victoria Grinberg, Knud Jahnke, Sarah Kendrew, Gina Maffey, Mark J. McCaughrean

The annual meeting of the European Astronomical Society took place in Lyon, France, in 2019, but in 2020 it was held online only due the COVID-19 pandemic. The carbon footprint of the virtual meeting was roughly 3,000 times smaller than the face-to-face one, providing encouragement for more ecologically minded conferencing.

Comments: Originated in a Twitter discussion (this https URL) at EWASS 2019; followed up at the EAS 2020 conference sustainability session by https://astronomersforplanet.earth - published in Nature Astronomy, September 2020

Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Physics and Society (physics.soc-ph)

Journal reference: Nature Astronomy 2020, Volume 4, p. 823-825, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-020-1207-z (open access)

DOI: 10.1038/s41550-020-1207-z

Cite as: arXiv:2009.11344 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:2009.11344v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)

Submission history

From: Leonard Burtscher 

[v1] Wed, 23 Sep 2020 19:17:31 UTC (252 KB)

https://arxiv.org/abs/2009.11344

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