From Inspiration to Implementation: Building a Lasting Culture of Sustainability across the Continent

Thu, March 9, 2023, 3–6 PM CET (2–5 PM UK, 9 AM–12 PM EST)


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Following the success of the first edition in 2022, which garnered seven hundred registrants, this year’s new edition of the My Green Lab Europe Summit aims at convening the best green labs initiatives from the continent, providing three main perspectives on sustainability challenges and efforts industry, academia, and healthcare systems.

Through an engaging compact format, the event will discuss how to scale sustainability from idea to implementation for laboratories, products, and whole life science and healthcare systems.

Learning Objectives 

  • Discover the enormous potential that the scientific environment has to contribute to addressing global climate urgent issues.
  • Learn practical strategies to reduce the environmental burden of scientific laboratories activities.
  • Learn more about My Green Lab programs and mission to build a global culture of sustainability in science.
  • Connect with like-minded people driving the change of the scientific industry in Europe towards a more sustainable future.


Penny James Chief Operating Officer, R&D BioPharmaceuticals


Penny was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, R&D BioPharmaceuticals in February 2019 and was previously Vice President Operations for the IMED Biotech Unit. In this role Penny is responsible for Facility management of four global R&D locations and strategic cross functional planning including; scorecard, business cycle and Leadership Team management, R&D Early Talent programmes and risk management. Penny also leads key strategic initiatives including R&D Sustainability and the R&D Future of Work transformation programme. Penny has 30 years’ experience working in pharmaceutical and chemical industries, having worked closely with both manufacturing and R&D teams at all organisation levels during her career, to drive process efficiency and effectiveness. She has led Lean Sigma programmes at Eastman Chemical company, working at sites and with management teams all over Europe and the US. Penny represents AstraZeneca on various external bodies including the board of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the MRC Environmental Sustainability Council and partnership with My Green Lab, an industry leading sustainability organisation. Penny also spent 10 years working as an industrial statistician, consulting in manufacturing and product development, and is a Chartered Statistician, Lean Sigma Master Black Belt and holds a Master’s in Medical Statistics.

Carlo Battisti European Stakeholder Engagement

My Green Lab

Degree in Civil Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan, twenty years of experience in construction companies, fifteen as sustainable innovation manager and consultant. Master of Management and Organizational Development at MIP. Certified Project Manager IPMA®. LEED®, Living Future, WELL and RESET Accredited Professional. USGBC® and WELL Faculty™. Living Future Hero [2017] and Net Zero Energy Trailblazer [2020].

Innovation manager for IDM South Tyrol [2009-2022]. Chair for Eurac Research of the COST Action 16114 RESTORE “REthinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy” [2017-2021].

Since 2018 he is European Executive Director for the ILFI and now President at Living Future Europe. A My Green Lab Ambassador, since 2021 he is also at My Green Lab as European Stakeholder Engagement.

James Connelly Chief Executive Officer

My Green Lab

Before joining My Green Lab, James was the Vice President of Strategic Growth for the International Living Future Institute, where he led international growth strategy and became a founding steering committee member of Living Future Europe. During his time at ILFI, James created several leading-edge sustainability programs, including Declare, an innovative ingredient transparency label for non-toxic building products, Living Product Challenge, the world’s most advanced sustainability standard for building products, Just, a social equity label for organizations, and Zero Carbon Building Certification. James has won numerous scholarships and awards for his research and work; notably, he received a 2012 Fulbright Fellowship to research on green building rating systems in China, was selected as a Greenbiz 30 under 30 Sustainable Business Leader in 2016, and a Net Zero Energy Trailblazer in 2019.

Christina Greever Senior Programs Manager

My Green Lab

Christina has been in the laboratory sustainability field since 2015, first at the University of Colorado Boulder and since 2019 with My Green Lab. As a Senior Programs Manager, she leads the International Laboratory Freezer Challenge and supports My Green Lab Certification. In 2022 she was involved in the launch of Million Advocates for Sustainable Science in collaboration with the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories. Her specialty is a broad knowledge of engagement strategies to help leaders and organizations motivate behaviour change among their scientists.

Panel 1: Can Academia Pave the Way For Sustainability? Stories from labs green transition across the continent.

Tim Aguirre PhD candidate, Chemical Biology of Signal Transduction

Leibniz Research Institute for Molecular Pharmacology

Tim was born and raised in Berlin and studied chemistry at the Humboldt University. After a research internship at the University of Warwick (UK), he returned to Berlin to pursue his PhD studies at the FMP, where he worked as a PhD representative for 2 years. His enthusiasm for sustainability prompted him to initiate and spearhead the My Green Lab certification within his group, which was recently awarded the Green Level certificate.

Lisa O’Fee Senior Scientific Officer

The Institute of Cancer Research

Making the discoveries to defeat Cancer, whilst accelerating science-based sustainability, with a bench driven leadership style. The founder and co-chair of ActNow, the ICR’s sustainability working group. In October 2022, I was jointly awarded an MRC Environmental sustainability in life sciences and medical practice grant, to fund a project on ‘Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of research laboratory protocols’. I am currently studying for an MSc in Sustainable Development.

Oisín Joyce PhD Student, Department of Physiology, School of Medicine

Trinity College Dublin

Oisín C. Joyce is a fourth-year PhD student in Trinity College Dublin investigating brain and heart health among retired sporting athletes at midlife. An advocate for sustainability, he aims to establish synergistic links between industry and academia to grow and adopt innovative practices. A founding member of TCD Green labs, he has made sustainability part of his educational outreach and public engagement within his professional and academic career reaching online audiences of 7000+.

Moderator: Pernilla Sörme Technical Program Director

My Green Lab

Pernilla serves as the project lead to continually update and improve the My Green Lab Certification Program. She also develops the technical resources to support green lab best practices as well as program support in the implementation of the My Green Lab program across the industry. Previously, she was with AstraZeneca for 19 years, where she started up the global green labs project and over four years, expanded the project to include all labs in the R&D and PTD sites.

Panel 2: Beyond Carbon: How the European pharmaceutical industry is tackling the environmental challenges

Mona Al-Maarri Global Product Manager and Sustainability Manager

BioEcho Life Sciences

Mona studied biology at the University of Cologne and switched to the biotechnology industry after completing her PhD in cancer research. Her job as a product manager perfectly combines her scientific focus with her creative mind.

The sustainability topic plays a major role in her personal life. Mona's involvement as the sustainability manager at BioEcho is therefore not surprising. Together with a team, she ensures that greener practices are implemented in all areas of the company.

Andrew King Director Safety, Health, Environment Lead for Global Quality


As a HSE director within AstraZeneca Operations, I continue to support a programme of change focused on improving the organisation's Safety, Health and Environment performance, embedding focus on safety into the mindset of our workers. Moreover, I am proud to be leading our My Green Labs initiative across the enterprise, helping to make our lab practices more sustainable across the globe whilst striding towards becoming the first pharmaceutical industry to have all labs My Green Labs certified.

Christiane Glanzmann Global Expert Laboratory Workplace Strategy

Roche Diagnostics

Christiane is in charge of the laboratory workplace strategy across the Roche Diagnostics Division dedicated to support innovation, improve investment- and operational cost efficiency and environmental sustainability.

She is steering the target setting and requirements definition for future Diagnostics R+D workplace needs, including measurements and benchmarks to analyze the current state and identify continuous improvement, and drives demand and solution analysis for all lab projects at DIA.

Moderator: Raj Patey Business Development Director

My Green Lab

Raj is My Green Lab's first European team member with a focus on the ACT. Label program as well as being the first point of contact for everything MGL in the UK & Europe. Raj works with manufacturers to become part of the ACT program as well as those in procurement who are looking to lead the way in sustainable procurement. Before working with MGL, Raj has a background in the sales and support of microscopy and imaging, having originally studied computer science at university. Raj is passionate about an international and collaborative approach to building a culture of sustainability in science.

Panel 3: Healthy & Green: The role of the healthcare sector in ensuring medical management is sustainable

Lisa Dittmar Net Zero and Sustainable Supply Chain Lead

National Health Service

Lisa Dittmar leads the Sustainable Supply Chain Engagement Programme for NHS England. Prior to the NHS, Lisa led the Healthcare and Life Sciences practice in the Net Zero Strategy team within Monitor Deloitte.

Amber Birdthistle Clinical Laboratory Technician

Therapie Fertility Clinic

Laboratory technician. She studied Genetics for her undergraduate degree in Cork, Ireland, before moving to Scotland for her MSc in Human Clinical Embryology & Assisted Conception. She joined last year the laboratory team of Therapie Fertility, which is considered Ireland's most affordable and accessible fertility clinic. In the clinic she helps minimize the impact on the environment by making smart decisions in the laboratory, even if as an IVF lab, changes that they can implement are limited.

Hollyn Hartlep Sustainability Coordinator

German Cancer Research Center

Hollyn serves as the Sustainability Coordinator for the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), where she is responsible for developing and implementing the sustainability strategy for the DKFZ and organizing awareness campaigns for employees. She has a Master of Science in Sustainability, Society and the Environment from Kiel University and worked as the Project Planning School Coordinator for a German-Danish rural development project before coming to the DKFZ.

Moderator: Fiona Adshead Chair

Sustainable Healthcare Coalition

Fiona chairs the Sustainable Healthcare Coalition that inspires partnerships and action on sustainable healthcare and is an independent expert advisor and board member for national and global organisations on wellbeing and sustainability. Her previous roles include Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director General in the UK Government, Director of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion at the World Health Organisation and Bupa’s Chief Wellbeing Officer.



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