Sustainability in Life Sciences - Online LS seminar & ILS Keynote lecture

Online live-streamed seminar - Link below
Dr. Anouk Schuren - Green Labs NL - Prof. Juliette Legler - Pleun Jornick
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Environmental pollution and climate change pose serious risks to human health. Yet, while Life Scientists investigate health-related topics, anyone who has set foot in a lab knows that the Life Sciences sector is not working in the most sustainable manner. How do Life Sciences and sustainability relate to one another? And how can the field of Life Sciences benefit society in environmental issues? In this interactive Life Sciences Seminar, our panelists will discuss these and other issues and also challenge you as future Life Scientists to join in thinking about today’s solutions for tomorrow’s problems.

Within this seminar we will have multiple speakers that will highlight different aspects of sustainability in Life Sciences:
Dr. Anouk Schuren:       Introduction on sustainability in Life Sciences
Hannah Johnson from Green Labs NL:              Sustainability in laboratory work
Prof. Juliette Legler:      UU research on sustainability
Pleun Jornick:                Student perspective on sustainability

After these short talks we will have a panel discussion with all the speakers, in which questions asked by you will be discussed between speakers. See below for short bios of our speakers and read a bit more on their background.

Note: due to the set-up this seminar takes a bit longer than usual, from 09:30-11:00. The seminar is also given at a different day and time due to it being part of the Introducing Life Sciences (ILS) week for our new first year students! Be sure to give them a warm welcome. 

Dr. Anouk Schuren
Anouk Schuren (1990) studied Biomedical Sciences at Utrecht University. During the fundamental research for her PhD in Medical Microbiology (2015), the apparent lack of societal relevance drove her interest towards climate change and sustainability. In 2017 she became part of Carbon Conversations (KlimaatGesprekken), an NGO creating outreach on sustainability communication and climate psychology. While still active for Carbon Conversations, Anouk now uses this experience in her work as a policy advisor for Biomedical Sciences, where she started in 2019. She integrates sustainability awareness and biomedically-relevant knowledge on this theme into bachelor education.

Green Labs NL
Green Labs NL was started in early 2021 to bring like minded scientists across the Netherlands together by promoting sustainability in our labs. The group aim to create awareness, provide resources and stimulate a community platform, enabling all Dutch scientists to perform their research with the most sustainable options at hand. Sustainability is the call of our generation and Green Labs NL want to ensure the Dutch scientific community answer that call.

Juliette Legler
Juliette Legler is Professor of Toxicology and heads the Division of Toxicology at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. From January 1, 2020, she is Head of the Department of Population Health Sciences at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Prior to joining IRAS in January 2018, she was employed at Brunel University London, where she was leader of the Environment and Health Theme within Brunel’s Institute for Environment, Health and Societies. She remains affiliated with Brunel as Honorary Professor of Toxicology and Environmental Health. From 2001 to 2015, she worked at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), where she was appointed Professor of Toxicology and Environmental Health in 2013. She served as Director of the SENSE Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment, a joint venture of the environmental research institutes of ten Dutch universities. Prof. Legler is a European Registered Toxicologist and is President of the Netherlands Society of Toxicology. In 2018, she was awarded the Poulsson Prize in Toxicology from the Norwegian Society of Toxicology and Pharmacology.

Pleun Jornick
I'm Pleun Jornick and I'm a student of the master Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology this year. In my bachelor I discovered my interest in sustainability in my personal life. I deeply care about our planet and all the life that you can find here. That's why I try to make as much sustainable decisions as possible. However, in my board year for study association Mebiose last year I really discovered my interest in sustainability. One of my tasks was to make the association more sustainable. Besides this I think it is also very interesting to brainstorm about how sustainability can play a role in biomedical education and in the faculty in the broader sense. That's why we started a Green Team with biomedical and medical students, with whom we regularly meet to discuss and implement these issues.



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