Climate CV


Many of us are aware of the fact that flying is one of the main contributors to the global climate breakdown. Still, many of us fly. As scientists, we have – ostensibly – various reasons to fly: We fly to conferences to present talks or posters, we are invited to present our work, or we simply meet with fellow scientists to discuss future grant proposals. All in the knowing that this behaviour results in a climate footprint that is beyond any scale of sustainability.

The idea of this climate CV originated from discussions in the research group “Environmental Psychology” located at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. We invite scientists of all disciplines to think about their travelling, and to create, provide, and discuss their own climate CV. With being transparent in our own ranks, we hope to contribute to a society that questions the necessity of flying. We also hope to contribute to a shift in mental as well as material infrastructures that make scientific meetings more compatible with strong sustainability concerns and our meta-goal of decreasing emissions.


 Climate CV of Dr. Laura Loy

(updated: September 2019)

I love travelling. When I was seventeen, I had the chance to visit New Zealand as an exchange student and I returned to this amazing country at the other end of the world seven years later. These experiences and others are amongst the best of my life. In fact, the beauty of the nature I witnessed was one of my main motivators to engage in environmental protection. However, I see that these experiences are a great privilege, I cannot take for granted. When I travelled to international conferences, I always combined them with holidays of about two weeks to explore country and people. This too has been a luxury. The sustainable yearly climate budget for a human being is estimated to be 2,300 kg.


List of attended conferences / workshops / research stays

Distance (X) calculations were approximated using Google maps (car, bus, and train) and (airplane). Based on these values, greenhouse gas emissions in CO2 equivalents were calculated with

  • 32 g * X km; for travel by bus
  • 38 g * X km; for travel by train
  • 140 g * X km; for travel by car
  • 214 g * X km; for travel by airplane

(values are based on German Environmental Agency:




Distance & Transport

CO2 emitted



Heidelberg - Siracusa (Italy) - Heidelberg

Talk at International Conference on Environmental Psychology (ICEP)

4,000 km by train

152.0 kg


Landau - Plymouth - Landau

Talk at International Conference on Environmental Psychology (ICEP)

2,290 km by train

87.0 kg


Stuttgart – Frankfurt – Stuttgart

Talk at 51st conference of the German Psychological Association (DGPs)

416 km by train

15.8 kg


Stuttgart – Landau – Stuttgart

Talk at 10th media psychology conference (DGPs)

222 km by train

8.4 kg


Stuttgart – A Coruna (Spain) – Stuttgart

Talk at International Conference on Environmental Psychology (ICEP)

1,840 km by airplane

610 km by train

1,944 km by bus

479.2 kg


Stuttgart – San Diego (USA) – Stuttgart

Talk at 67th conference of the International Communication Association (ICA)

18,880 by airplane

390 km by train

4,055.1 kg


Stuttgart – Düsseldorf – Stuttgart

Attendance at conference of the German association for communication science (DGPuK)

820 km by train

31.2 kg


Stuttgart – Nottingham (England) – Stuttgart

10 weeks research stay at School of Psychology

2,284 km by train

86.8 kg


Stuttgart – Fukuoka (Japan) – Stuttgart

2 Talks at 66th conference of the ICA

18,860 km by airplane

2.180 km by train

4,118.8 kg


Stuttgart – Jena – Stuttgart

Talk at 9th methods & evaluation conference (DGPs)

766 km by train

29.1 kg



Stuttgart – Groningen (Netherlands) – Stuttgart

Attendance Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology (BCEP)

1,334 km by train

50.7 kg


Stuttgart – Tübingen – Stuttgart

Talk at 9th media psychology conference (DGPs)

86 km by car with others

12.0 kg


Stuttgart – Puerto Rico (USA) – Stuttgart

Poster at 65th conference of the ICA

not gone



Stuttgart – Berlin – Stuttgart

Talk at conference on sustainability communication

1,268 km by train

48.2 kg


Stuttgart – Bochum – Stuttgart

Talk at 49th conference of the DGPs

886 km by train

33.7 kg


Stuttgart – Friedrichshafen – Stuttgart

Talk at PhD workshop, social psychology division (DGPs)

400 km by train

15.2 kg


Stuttgart – Seattle (USA) – Stuttgart

Talk at PhD workshop, 64th conference of the ICA

16,656 km by airplane

3,564.4 kg


Stuttgart – Hannover – Stuttgart

Talk & workshop at media reception & effects conference (DGPuK)

1,028 km by train

39.1 kg


Stuttgart – Würzburg – Stuttgart

Talk at PhD-workshop, media psychology conference (DGPs)

296 km by train

11.2 kg


Stuttgart – Magdeburg – Stuttgart

Attendance at BCEP

1,006 km by train

38.2 kg


Stuttgart – London – Stuttgart

Attendance at 63rd conference of the ICA

1,852 km by train

70.4 kg


Konstanz – Eindhoven (Netherlands) – Konstanz

Student attendance at BCEP

1,316 km by bus

42.1 kg


Konstanz – Zürich (Switzerland) – Konstanz

Student attendance at BCEP

140 km by train

5.3 kg


 Personal Commitment to Climate Protection    

  • Never owned a car, love my bike
  • Vegetarian since teenage, exploring more and more vegan recipes
  • Limit resource use in everyday consumption (e.g., second-hand, organic, seasonal, regional products)
  • Bank account in a sustainable & ethical bank
  • Green electricity
  • Regular donations to organizations that aim at environmental protection and a socio-ecological transformation
  • Vote and protest for climate protection; member of Scientists for Future and the DGPs Task Force Climate Crisis