With the ongoing climate challenges and the considerable carbon footprint of bioinformatics, SIB recognizes its social responsibility towards the environment. The organization is actively optimizing its work practices to adhere to higher standards of environmental sustainability and to implement new measures that support these aims.
Promoting environmentally-friendly practices at SIB
The SIB-wide Environmental working group was established in December 2022, with the goal to improve the environmental impact of the institute through reflection and strategic planning.
The working group's key areas of focus include:
- Evaluating the environmental impact of SIB's current activities and identifying key indicators and potential areas for improvement.
- Conceptualizing sustainable practices in computer science to improve the impact of bioinformatics. This involves recommending actions, incentives and guidelines to improve sustainability while maintaining scientific competitiveness.
- Improving organizational and logistical impact, including that of employees, members and facilities.
- A creative pillar in which innovative initiatives from the community related to environmental and sustainability practices are welcomed.
Example of actions and initiatives
Meet the Environmental working group
The group comprises employees and members from diverse areas and varying levels of seniority at SIB:
- Frédéric Erard (Chair), Head, Legal and Technology Transfer Office
- Bárbara Da Mota, PhD Student, Evolutionary Genomics
- Etienne de Rham, Head of Finances
- Elsa Dubar, Events & Communications Manager
- Samuel Neuenschwander, Senior Computational Biologist, Evolutionary Genomics, Vital-IT
- Marco Pagni, Senior Scientist, Vital-IT
- Clément Parisato, Senior Legal Officer