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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.

UCL sustainability awards ceremony took place virtually on 15th July 2020. Congratulations to everyone on their awards!


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.








  • ION Admin
  • includes : Brain Repair and Rehabilitation (Russell Square House), Imaging Neuroscience (12 Queen Square), Neurodegenerative Disease (Queen Square House), Education Team (7 Queen Square) and Admin and Library (23 Queen Square)


  • Cortex Lab
  • Dementia Research Centre
  • Queen Square Library


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.


  • Neuroinflammation (Wakefield Street);
  • Neurodegenerative Disease (Bates Lab, Queen Square House);
  • Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy
  • Brain Repair and Rehabilitation
  • Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging
  • UK DRI at UCL
  • Clinical Neurosciences


  • Neurodegenerative Disease & Neuromuscular Diseases  (level 4, Queen Square House)


  • Neurodegenerative Disease, Clinical and Movement Neuroscience & Neuromuscular Diseases (level 7, Queen Square House)
  • Neuromuscular Diseases (level 2 and 5, Queen Square House)
  • Cortex Lab 


ION Sustainability pledges 2019-20

  •  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 2019

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

Dementia Research Centre: upcycled office chairs


Wakefield Street: Lab equipment repairs workshop

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


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




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

UCL Green Impact 2019 award winners at the Institute

We're delighted to announce the following teams' accreditations which will be presented at the UCL Sustainability Awards ceremony on 18th July 2019.

ION Admin Bronze



HPF Labs Silver



NMD Labs Gold



Full list of 2019 IoN award winners

  • IoN admin - Office Bronze;
  • DRC  - Office Bronze;
  • HPF Labs - Labs Silver;
  • 4th floor IoN Labs - Labs Bronze;
  • Neuromuscular Diseases (Brownstone, Greensmith and Schiavo) - Labs Gold ;
  • DRI Labs Cruciform - Labs Bronze; 
  • Cortexlab - Labs  and Office Silver

This follows success at previous years' awards:

  • 2018: Office Excellence; Queen Square Library - Office Platinum; Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders - Labs Gold; “Wakefield Street Brainiacs” (Department of Molecular Neuroscience and The Reta Lila Weston Institute of Neurological Studies) - Labs Bronze; HPF Labs - Labs Bronze
  • 2017: Education Unit - Office Silver; IoN admin (23 Queen Square) - Office Silver;  Queen Square Library - Office Excellence; Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders - Labs Platinum; “Wakefield Street Brainiacs” (Department of Molecular Neuroscience and The Reta Lila Weston Institute of Neurological Studies) - Labs Bronze
  •  2016: DCEE - Working towards accreditation; DRC - Gold; Education Unit - Bronze; Queen Square Library - Platinum
  • 2015 : Queen Square Library and the Dementia Research Centre (DRC) received Platinum and Silver awards