Nurturing Sustainable Campus Eco-Systems: Charting a Green Net-Zero Future for UK Universities. 3-4 June 2024, Cranfield University.

Together, let us chart a course towards a green, net-zero future for UK universities, where sustainability is not just a goal but a way of life. Join us for this exciting conference to see how you can make a difference to your campus.


Day 1, 3 June 2024

10:00 – 10:30 Registration and refreshments
10:30 – 10:50 Welcome
10:50 – 11:40 Keynote address
11:40 – 12:20 Plenary Session 1: Promoting sustainable campus ecosystems
12:20 – 13:20 Skills-Based Workshops – choose from one of the following:

  • Effective Communication & Advocacy for Sustainability
  • Green Campus Design & Planning
  • Student Sustainability Leaders: Mobilisation Strategies and Skills

13:20 – 14:20 Lunch
14:20 – 15:20 Plenary Session 2: Understanding of practical challenges and best practices in the transition to net-zero
15:20 – 16:20 Breakout Session: Barriers to creating a sustainable campus ideation
16:20 – 17:00 Campus Green Tour
17:00 – 18:30 Networking Reception

Day 2, 4 June 2024

09:00 – 09:30 Arrivals and Morning Refreshments
09:30 – 10:20 Plenary session: Sustainable Campus Initiatives: a practice guide
10:20 – 11:20 Multidisciplinary approach to sustainability panel discussion
11:20 – 13:00 Green Campus Ideation Session part 1
13:00 – 13.40 Lunch
13:40 – 14:40 Green Campus Ideation Session part 2
14:40 – 16:00 Group presentations and Green Campus Pledging
16:00 – 16:15 Closing Remarks

How to apply

Applications are via a short Microsoft Form.

ERA Community Travel and Accommodation Fund

We have a limited funding pot to cover travel and accommodation costs to attend this event, thus there will be a soft touch application process. Delegates who select that they are interested in applying for an ERA Community Travel and Accommodation Fund when completing the application form will be asked the following questions:

  • Please identify what aspects of the conference themes are of interest to you (100 words)
  • Please identify any skills and expertise you possess that you feel might be relevant to co-creating actionable strategies and real-world initiatives that will drive positive change and create a greener, cleaner and a more sustainable future for university campuses in the UK (100 words)
  • Please explain how attending the conference will help your development (100 words)

We will assess your answers based on the below criteria:

  • Your interest in this event
  • Skills you can bring to the event (for example team working, communication, technical knowledge)
  • How attending this event will develop you as a researcher
  • How attending this event will develop your ability to make you campus more sustainable

Applications will be batched and reviewed by the organising committee, you will receive confirmation of you place no later than 10 working days after submitting an application (or no more than two days before the event which ever is sooner).