UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology



ION appoints Deputy Director for Sustainability

sanjay sisodiya
"The world's climate is changing now. Global heating and its consequences will greatly affect our lives and work in the years ahead. For people with neurological diseases, and for research into those diseases, climate change is likely to pose significant challenges, which is in our remit and power to address. I very much look forward to working with all across the Institute to do what we can to meet these challenges, to reduce our contributions to climate change, and to promote sustainability." Professor Sanjay Sisodiya
"Climate change is with us. How will it affect people with epilepsy? How do we contribute to climate change in our professional lives? What can we do about it? EpilepsyClimateChange is hosting its first virtual conference to begin to address these important issues. Please join us so we can begin to plan and take action for a challenging future".  Sanjay Sisodiya for EpilepsyClimateChange.

UCL Sustainability Awards 2021

UCL’s ninth Awards Ceremony took place, virtually, on July 14th 2021. Congratulations to everyone at ION who won an award or was nominated. 

green impact silver award


IoN Green Day Symposium 25th January 2021

The Institute held its first Green Day Symposium on 25th January 2021, building on its success in recent UCL Sustainability awards, and celebrating initiatives at UCL and beyond. The virtual event was joined by nearly 120 UCL staff and students.

Green Impact at UCL

Green Impact is a UCL-wide environmental competition and accreditation scheme that allows departments and divisions across the university to improve their environmental impact, support UCL's Sustainability Strategy and engage peers and colleagues with these essential issues.


Here at UCL Sustainability, we have developed a new tool to help researchers, staff and students, improve the sustainability and efficiency of their laboratories. We have called this tool LEAF, and have spent the past year piloting it at UCL and with 16 other research institutions.


ION Sustainability pledges 

  •  All of our events will now be vegetarian catering and we will avoid plastic water bottles
  • Achieve Green Impact Silver Office Award
  • Organise an IoN green day
  • Co-ordinate an IoN wide LEAF group
  • Make waste and sustainability part of the IoN Labs induction
  • Set up a Lab equipment repair service for IoN buildings

ION Sustainability Activities 

HPF Labs case study: Ice Pack Reuse in Laboratories – New Solutions Needed

HPF labs ice pack

Dementia Research Centre: upcycled office chairs

DRC chairs


Wakefield Street: Lab equipment repairs workshop

lab repair

Queen Square Library organised series of Bird walks with UCL Conservation Society

bird walk may 2019


Recycling of batteries, lightbulbs and small electrical items at Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, 12 Queen Square

Battery recycling



Help and support 

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact IoN's Green Office Champion: sarah.lawson@ucl.ac.uk or IoN's Green Labs Champion: Steffy Czieso s.czieso@ucl.ac.uk