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Research meetings must be more sustainable

Scientific meetings should be organized in the spirit of responsible consumption and production, including the prioritization of plant-based meals for reduced nitrogen loss. The Cercedilla Manifesto indicates how.

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Fig. 1: Twelve points to enhance the sustainability of research meetings as proposed by the Cercedilla Manifesto.


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This paper constitutes an output from the Expert Panel of Nitrogen and Food of the Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen under the Working Group on Strategies and Review of the UN–ECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution. The views and conclusions expressed are purely those of the authors and may not in any circumstance be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission or institutions where other co-authors are based. The name ‘Cercedilla’ is only attributed to the manifesto because it specifies the location where A.S.C. and A.L. conceived the idea of the manuscript during an Expert Panel on Nitrogen and Food (EPNF) meeting, thus there is no other relationship between this town and the ideas expressed here.

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A.S.C. and A.L. conceived the idea of the manuscript during an EPNF meeting in Cercedilla, Spain; A.L., A.S.C., B.L.B., R.A. and M.S. drafted the first version of the draft; A.L. and P.M. contributed with data for the INI2013 conference; E-L.N., X.L. and H.S. contributed with data for the INI2016 conference; M.G. contributed with information on the 8th INI conference; all authors discussed and commented on the manuscript and contributed to its writing.

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Sanz-Cobena, A., Alessandrini, R., Bodirsky, B.L. et al. Research meetings must be more sustainable. Nat Food 1, 187–189 (2020).

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