Madeleine Luck

Fellow’s Profile

Madeleine Luck

Fellow’s Profile

Madeleine Luck

Reducing the environmental impact of health sciences research

Fellowship

Focus

Transforming the sustainability of health science research by changing laboratory practices

Fellowship year

2020

Locality

South East

Biography

The UK is a world leader in healthcare research. You only have to look at the staggering pace of the development of the Covid-19 vaccine to realise that our scientists are some of the brightest and best in the world. In our pursuit of rapid, repeatable results, scientists such as myself have become entirely reliant on single-use plastics. Have you ever wondered what happens to these plastics? Since the used items are often contaminated with biohazardous waste, they are usually incinerated, releasing trillions of tonnes of carbon dioxide and other noxious fumes into the environment. But the environmental problems don't stop there – scientific labs use a disproportionate amount of electricity per unit of space to keep incubators and ultra-cold freezers running. The purpose of my Fellowship is to find out how the leading institutions in the USA have begun to fundamentally rethink how they use resources and generate waste. I will use my findings to advocate for less wasteful scientific practices throughout the UK. I want to make healthcare research more environmentally sustainable – what's the point in finding a cure for cancer if the planet is on fire?

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Disclaimer

All Reports are copyright © the author. The moral right of the author has been asserted. The views and opinions expressed by any Fellow are those of the Fellow and not of the Churchill Fellowship or its partners, which have no responsibility or liability for any part of them.