Do environmental scientists behave more environmentally friendly with regard to nitrogen pollution?

Adrian Leip1, Claudia Marques dos Santos Cordovil2 , Patrick Musinguzi3, Ina Körner4

1 European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Via Fermi 2749, TP 266/040

I-21027 ISPRA (VA), Italy,, [email protected]

2 Universidade de Lisboa, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, LEAF, Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017 Lisboa, Portugal

3 Department of Agricultural Production, School of Agricultural Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

4 Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Wastewater Management and Water Protection; Bioconversion and Emission Control Group, 21073 Hamburg, Germany


Nitrogen neutrality is a novel concept that aims at reducing the N-footprint caused by an entity and offsetting the residual emission of reactive nitrogen (Nr). This concept had been applied to three conferences (6th International Nitrogen Conference in 2013 in Kampala, Uganda; 18th Nitrogen Workshop in 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal; 15th Ramiran Conference in Hamburg, Germany) with different concepts and different degree of willingness of the participants to contribute to the voluntary compensation fee. This paper analyses the results of surveys made among the participants of the conferences to understand their view on low-impact conferences, N-footprints, and the N-neutrality concept.