Jetting off to do research and attend conferences has become ingrained in the culture of academia. It’s also a mark of status. Speaking in glamorous capitals like London or Berlin expands their networks and burnishes their reputations.
But anxiety about the environmental impact of air travel has reached a tipping point, leading academics around the world to call for a rethink. Professors are already conscious that their research must withstand ethical scrutiny and flying presents a further challenge.
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