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A TV screen showing a list of all the LEAF bronze, silver and gold award winners.

The University of Oxford recently hosted its eighth awards ceremony for environmental sustainability. The event, presided over by Vice-Chancellor Professor Irene Tracey, celebrated the remarkable efforts of various university departments and initiatives that have contributed to a greener and more sustainable future.


The BioEscalator was presented with the LEAF Bronze Award in the Engagement Awards category. This accolade is a testament to the BioEscalator's dedication and achievements in advancing environmental sustainability and reflects the team's commitment towards sustainable practices. The BioEscalator was urged to submit its application for a silver award next year.


Alethiomics, a resident company at the BioEscalator, also applied and achieved a LEAF Bronze Award. 



I am thrilled that the BioEscalator is contributing to saving the planet. It feels great to make a positive impact and be recognised with the bronze award for sustainability. Keep up the fantastic work, everyone at BioEscalator.

Khwaja Islam - BioEscalator Laboratory and Facilities Manager.


Dr Khwaja Islam, BioEscalator Laboratory & Facilities Manager, holds the BioEscalator's LEAF Bronze Award. He is standing with Professor Irene Tracey, CBE, FMedSci, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.


About LEAF

The Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) is an innovative scheme to enhance laboratory efficiency. It encompasses several key areas contributing to laboratory efficiency and sustainability, including equipment management, space utilisation, ventilation systems, procurement processes, waste management, and handling samples and chemicals. By evaluating and optimising these aspects, laboratories and research institutions can significantly reduce their environmental impact and foster a culture of sustainability. The framework recognises and acknowledges the remarkable endeavours of teams in labs, colleges, and departments at the University of Oxford while providing a structured approach for planning future steps.