Researchers contribute to a particularly high degree of carbon emissions, especially by using air transport to travel to conferences. This also means that academics cannot expect to be taken seriously in the debate on climate change if they do not themselves implement the measures they propose. We have to put our own house in order first if we want others to listen and to engage in activities of climate protection.
As researchers with a global orientation, engaging in international projects, it is impossible to completely avoid all negative environmental impacts emerging from air travel. Some travel may simply be unavoidable in order to carry out data gathering field research.
We strive to drastically reduce and minimize our environmental footprint while successfully accomplishing our research activities. In particular, the chair applies an extremely strict policy to reduce air travel. To achieve this goal, we rely on the following measures: