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FlyingLess

Successful research, less flying

The FlyingLess project, in collaboration with four partners and coordinated by the ifeu institute, is developing approaches to reduce flight emissions in academia. To achieve the broadest possible impact, the results and specific tools are made available through various communication channels.

More about the project

About the project

Why FlyingLess

With the internationalization of science and research, air travel by university staff has also increased - scientists are among the frequent flyers.

The goal of the FlyingLess project is to support universities and research organizations in reducing flight emissions which accounts for a significant share of their total greenhouse gas emissions. In doing so, FlyingLess develops approaches to reduce air travel in academia that are implemented at different levels (research, teaching and administration). Successful reduction of flight emissions requires broad participation and support, both from the management level and from staff and students.  

 

What FlyingLess offers

FlyingLess is developing a monitoring tool for universities and research organizations to track their flight emissions and quantify emissions reductions over the next years. This tool will be made available to all interested parties via the website. Stakeholders within the participating partners will be involved via surveys and interviews, and their needs and opinions will be elicited and taken into account during the course of the project. In the project, the internal and external framework conditions (e.g. travel guidelines, research funding criteria) will be evaluated, adjustments recommended and, where possible, implemented by the partners. In doing so, the excellence of science is to be maintained; networks of researchers are to be further expanded and the career opportunities of young scientists are not to be jeopardized. Experiences from the Corona crisis will be reflected and taken into account in the project.  

 How will the results be shared

The results will be made available and disseminated through various communication channels (including website, Twitter, lectures, workshops, public relations). The goal is to inform and motivate as many universities and research organizations as possible to apply the experience gained and tools developed in FlyingLess to reduce flight emissions in their organizations.  

The project is carried out in close collaboration with four partners: EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) and MPI Astronomy in Heidelberg as non-university research institutions and the Universities of Konstanz and Potsdam as universities. 

 

The project is led by the ifeu Institute Heidelberg in close collaboration with Dr. Nicole Aeschbach, TdLab Geography at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University.

At the TdLab Geography at Heidelberg University, actors from science and practice work together on solutions for climate protection, adaptation to climate change impacts and other sustainability issues.

Project leader and contact person is Dr. Susann Görlinger (e-mail: susann.goerlinger@ifeu.de). FlyingLess is also supported by Prof. Marcel Hunecke, organizational and environmental psychologist at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund and Prof. Leif Döring, mathematician at the University of Mannheim.

The project is funded over 3 years by the National Climate Initiative (NKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. 

Why FlyingLess

With the internationalization of science and research, air travel by university staff has also increased - scientists are among the frequent flyers.

The goal of the FlyingLess project is to support universities and research organizations in reducing flight emissions which accounts for a significant share of their total greenhouse gas emissions. In doing so, FlyingLess develops approaches to reduce air travel in academia that are implemented at different levels (research, teaching and administration). Successful reduction of flight emissions requires broad participation and support, both from the management level and from staff and students.  

 

What FlyingLess offers

FlyingLess is developing a monitoring tool for universities and research organizations to track their flight emissions and quantify emissions reductions over the next years. This tool will be made available to all interested parties via the website. Stakeholders within the participating partners will be involved via surveys and interviews, and their needs and opinions will be elicited and taken into account during the course of the project. In the project, the internal and external framework conditions (e.g. travel guidelines, research funding criteria) will be evaluated, adjustments recommended and, where possible, implemented by the partners. In doing so, the excellence of science is to be maintained; networks of researchers are to be further expanded and the career opportunities of young scientists are not to be jeopardized. Experiences from the Corona crisis will be reflected and taken into account in the project.  

 How will the results be shared

The results will be made available and disseminated through various communication channels (including website, Twitter, lectures, workshops, public relations). The goal is to inform and motivate as many universities and research organizations as possible to apply the experience gained and tools developed in FlyingLess to reduce flight emissions in their organizations.  

The project is carried out in close collaboration with four partners: EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) and MPI Astronomy in Heidelberg as non-university research institutions and the Universities of Konstanz and Potsdam as universities. 

 

The project is led by the ifeu Institute Heidelberg in close collaboration with Dr. Nicole Aeschbach, TdLab Geography at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University.

At the TdLab Geography at Heidelberg University, actors from science and practice work together on solutions for climate protection, adaptation to climate change impacts and other sustainability issues.

Project leader and contact person is Dr. Susann Görlinger (e-mail: susann.goerlinger@ifeu.de). FlyingLess is also supported by Prof. Marcel Hunecke, organizational and environmental psychologist at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund and Prof. Leif Döring, mathematician at the University of Mannheim.

The project is funded over 3 years by the National Climate Initiative (NKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. 

What does FlyingLess do?

Downloads & Links

Downloads

Links

Podcast by Claudia Frick and Florian Freistetter about climate change (IPCC report), here also about the topic of flying

Flyingless Blog der Tufts University

Resource Guide Flying Less in Academia by Katz-Rosene with general information on flyingless and on sustainable conferencing and much more

STAY GROUNDED is an international movement focused on the climate impact of aviation

World map on Academic Air Travel Reduction and Offsetting Projects (by Agnes Kreil)

Satellites

Satellites content

Interested universities and research institutions can be involved in the project as so-called "satellites" - more information can be found in the flyer on participation as satellites in the FlyingLess project.
If you are interested in participating in the project as a "satellite" or would like to know more, please contact Dr Susann Görlinger (susann.goerlinger@ifeu.de).

 

Who participates

The project is carried out in close cooperation with four partners: EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) and MPI Astronomy in Heidelberg as non-university research institutions and the Universities of Konstanz and Potsdam as universities.

 

University of Konstanz

University of Konstanz: Successful in the Excellence Initiative and the Excellence Strategy of the Federal and State Governments. Since 2007.

University of Potsdam

The University of Potsdam is the largest university in Brandenburg with approximately 22,000 students.

EMBL

EMBL is Europe’s only intergovernmental organisation for life science research, undertaking pioneering research and providing cutting-edge biological services and infrastructures.

MPI Astronomy

The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy explores the nature of our universe - from planets and stars to galaxies and black holes - to reveal.

Project management ifeu

ifeu researches and advises on important environmental and sustainability issues worldwide for numerous international and national funding agencies and clients. With over 40 years of experience, it is one of the most important ecologically oriented, independent and non-profit research institutes in Germany.

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Project funding