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ION 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.

Heather Sampson, our Student Sustainability Ambassador

heather sampson

As the new Student Sustainability Ambassador for the IoN, Heather (MSc Clinical Neuroscience) will be working with the IoN Green Champions to improve student engagement and participation as well as help shape and build new sustainability projects. Heather Sampson can be contacted on heather.sampson.21@ucl.ac.uk

'We all have a responsibility to address the climate emergency, one of the biggest challenges of our time. The actions we take today to decrease our negative impact on the environment will directly influence the future of our planet. Together we can make change happen, so join us in creating a more sustainable IoN and UCL! I am very excited to work with the IoN Green Champions and encourage greater sustainability in the department'.


UCL Easter Switch Off 2022 Results

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Thank you to everyone who participated in 2022’s Easter Switch Off. All of your pledges resulted in a combined saving of 69 tonnes of carbon – that’s equivalent to planting 1,143 trees.* This saved UCL an impressive £39,710 over the Easter closure – more than a sizable nest egg. We are delighted to announce that ION is a joint winner of the pledging competition: alongside Stapleton House. We will each receive £100 towards sustainable projects. 

Read more about the Switch Off results.

Faculty of Brain Sciences Sustainability blog

Faculty Sustainability Committee have launched their own blog. Be sure to check in regularly to see what they get up to in their mission to bring the issue of sustainability to the forefront of our agenda. ION features in this blog post

UCL Christmas Switch Off 2021 Results

switch off results

Thank you to everyone who pledged to Switch Off this Christmas. We are delighted to announce that ION is a joint winner of the pledging competition: alongside UCL Department of Mathematics. We will each receive £100 towards sustainable projects!

Thanks to you, this year's Switch Off saved 173 tonnes of carbon - that's equivalent to planting 2,883 trees, and saved UCL an impressive £114, 374 over the festive period! This just goes to show the incredible changes we are capable of here at UCL, if we all combine our efforts. What a great way to start 2022. Read more about the Switch Off results.

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 

  • IoN Sustainable travel policy effective 15th February 2022: air travel for all UK-based business travel and any business travel to Northern Europe that is supported by Eurostar/ train links will no longer be reimbursed or permitted.
  •  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

Faculty Sustainability pledges 2022-23

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