Workshop: Environmental Impacts of Computing in Health & Life Sciences Research

Posted by d.barclay on 13 September 2023 - 12:30pm

Environmental Impacts of Computing in Health & Life Sciences Research WorkshopSSI Fellows Loïc Lannelongue and Lincoln Colling are among the organisers of the first Environmental Impacts of Computing in Health & Life Sciences Research Workshop, a free hybrid event which will take place on Tuesday 7 November online and in London at the Wellcome Trust.

This workshop is for researchers in the health and life sciences who use heavy computational resources for their work. It will also be relevant to researchers from other fields of science who rely on heavy computation, or for stakeholders involved with academic research that relies on heavy computation. However, everyone that is interested in the topic can participate. Prior knowledge of sustainability or expertise in computer science are not required.

This free one-day workshop will include presentations from practising health and life scientists, success stories of more environmentally friendly computing and group discussions. Topics will include the carbon footprint of high-performance computing, energy-efficient data processing pipelines, and the benefits of efficient programming.

By attending this event, you will:

  • Learn how to reduce the carbon footprint of your own research computing, also giving you the ability to feed these insights back to your institution.
  • Debate what barriers to sustainable computing exist and work towards potential solutions.
  • Network with other health and life sciences researchers interested in reducing the carbon footprint of their computing, providing new opportunities for collaboration.
  • Contribute to an emerging community of climate-conscious scientists.

If you are interested in taking part in this workshop, please visit for further information about the programme and how to register.

Photo by Nuno Fangueiro from Pexels edited by Denis Barclay.

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