England’s IOP Publishing Announces ‘Environmental Research 2023’

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The scientific publisher IOP announces its pre-COP28 program – free to register – focused on environmental issues and the UN’s SDGs.

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By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Six Dates in a Series of Digitally Attended Events
To refresh the memories of our readers who may not be as familiar with the United Kingdom-based scientific house IOP Publishing (IOPP), the company is based in Bristol, in the West Country of England, and is a society-owned scientific publisher. It takes its name from its parent company, the Institute of Physics (IOP) and it operates in a nonprofit format, any financial surplus going to the institute.

Today (August 16), the company has announced a program called Environmental Research 2023, describing it as “a series of free-to-attend [digital] events that will take place from October 16  through November 23.” At this point, it’s unclear whether there may be a tie-in with Frankfurter Buchmesse, which runs October 18 to 22 and will include multiple instances of climate- and environment-related programming, of course.

Those engaged in climate-crisis and environmental issues will notice that this is a programmed positioned in the run-up to the United Arab Emirates-hosted COP28, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is seated in Dubai from November 30 to December 12.

The goal of the event, the company says in its media messaging today, is to “unite research communities, including environmental researchers, engineers, economists, social scientists, and policy influencers.” In its promotional material, it references the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

There are six core themes and dates announced for the IOP event:

  • Sustainable Food Systems – October 16
  • Energy – October 18
  • Environment and Health – October 25
  • Ecology – November 1
  • Climate – November 8
  • Infrastructure and Sustainability – November 15

Internally, this programming is associated with IOP’s “Environmental Research Series” of open-access journals.

The international programming group involved includes:

  • Norbert Edomah, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Emily Grubert, University of Notre Dame, United States
  • Dan Kammen, University of California, Berkeley, United States
  • Yele Sun, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Lixia Zhang, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Kirsten Zickfeld, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Conference chairs include Yale University’s Michelle Ball; Oxford’s Radhika Khosla; the Chinese Academy of the Sciences’ Yele Sun; and the Pan -Atlantic University’s Norbert Edomah. A listing of speakers is here, but we note that these appear as “invited,” and that may mean their participation isn’t yet confirmed.

Free registration is here.


Rachel Martin

A programming note: Our Publishing Perspectives Forum at Frankfurter Buchmesse will stage a session with Elsevier’s global director of sustainability Rachel Martin, with a specific focus on actionable steps for small- and medium-sized publishers, worldwide, to take now in order to begin bringing their work and stance into alignment with best practices and  proven-effective steps toward lowering their carbon footprints and engaging directly in the world with the existential threat of climate change. 

More information on the Publishing Perspectives Forum this year–October 18 to 20 in Room Spektrum on Level 2 of Messe Frankfurt’s Congress Center–is here. Admission is free to all trade visitors and exhibitors at Frankfurt Book Fair.

More from Publishing Perspectives on scholarly and research publishing is here, more on open access is here, more on the climate crisis is here, and more on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is here. More on the work of the IOP Publishing suite of society journals is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.