The Australian Pain Society and DC Conferences are committed to producing environmentally friendly events. This is what we are doing to achieve this goal:
Conference handbooks have not been produced since 2014. The APS conference handbook was, on average, 120 pages long and approximately 800 copies would be printed each year. By opting to use a conference app instead, the APS will have saved nearly 600,000 sheets of paper being used by the time APS 2020 rolls around.
The conference app provides delegates with more information than a handbook ever could; delegates can personalise their own program, read through a number of abstracts and information we couldn’t previously fit into the handbook, click through to view soft copy versions of submitted posters, connect with exhibitors and other delegates, plus so much more.
In 2020 APS will no longer be supplying conference satchels. We hope delegates and exhibitors will get behind our move away from offering something we are increasingly told “ends up in the bin”! Don't worry, we will be running competitions such as 'Oldest Conference Satchel' and 'Most Unique'. So dig through that cupboard of satchels you never got around to organising and bring yours along!
The Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart runs a sustainability program relating to waste management. They have seperate bins available throughout the venue to ensure paper, plastic and glass are all recycled.
We all know how much that morning coffee helps get us through that first plenary session of the morning, but we urge all delegates to bring their reusable coffee cups with them. If every delegate used a reusable coffee cup instead of a one-use takeaway option we could save over 4000 cups going into land fill at APS 2019 alone! To purchase your contact the Secretariat or pick one up at the Registration Desk.
We also ask all delegates to bring a reusable water bottle with them to the conference. Water will be, of course, available throughout the event, however only glasses and jugs will be offered.