DEMEC 2021: Our commitment to sustainability

DEMEC 2021: Our commitment to sustainability

DEMEC 2021 is running as a hybrid conference in December using live streaming to broadcast the

conference. In person attendance will be limited whilst encouraging a larger virtual sign up.

The experience

The live stream and pre-recorded content will support live interaction from face to face and virtual

attendees, so they don’t lose out on face-to-face benefits. The content will available on demand, so

the content is saved for future viewing.

Travel is reduced.


Manchester Central is centrally located within Manchester city centre with good public transport

links, a commitment to recycling and food waste into energy.

Find out more about Manchester Central’s sustainability promise: (Aug ’21 issue)

Waste Management
  • Manchester Central aims to divert all waste from landfill. After removing all recyclables from our waste, anything non-recyclable is compacted into bales and transported to a Combined Heat and Power Facility. Here, energy is harvested from the residual waste to produce electricity and also steam which produces thermal heating.
  • Food waste is either donated to local charities, or sent to anaerobic digestion (AD produces biogas, a methane-rich gas that can be used as a fuel, and digestate, a source of nutrients that can be used as a fertiliser).
  • We have invested in an industry-leading waste management recycling centre, enabling us to segregate our waste onsite.
  • We encourage a ‘paperless approach’ day-to-day by offering alternative methods to printing via iPad, laptop and digital screen. This has helped to reduce our printing volume by 120,000 sheets.
Energy Monitoring
  • We have installed 160 smart meters which precisely monitor electricity, water and gas usage and provide real-time information on energy usage.
  • Dimmable LED lighting has been installed in over 75% of the venue
  • Passive infrared sensors (PIRs) have been fitted throughout the venue which turn lights on and off upon the detection of body movement.
  • Manchester Central is the host site for the Civic Quarter Heat Network (CQHN). The network will provide a highly efficient, environmentally-friendly heat and power solution for some of Manchester’s most iconic buildings, making significant carbon reductions.
  • We purify and bottle water onsite using reusable glass bottles. We’ve also installed water fountains in both our Central and Charter Foyers and all of our office spaces. This has helped to eliminate more than 5,000 bottles per year and encourages our team and visitors to say no to single-use plastic bottles.
  • We have installed a herb cultivator which allows us to bring fresh, healthy, 100% organic herbs and greens right into our kitchens.
  • We have made a commitment to reduce single use plastic – straws and cutlery have already been eliminated.
  • Re-usable cups are sold across our retail points with profits going to the “We love Manchester charity”. We also offer a £0.25 discount to guests who have their own re-usable cups.
  • We champion local produce:
    • Meat – 8 miles from the venue
    • Groceries/dry goods – 4 miles from the venue
    • Bread – 3 miles from the venue
    • Sandwiches – 42 miles from the venue
    • Milk and cream – within a 48 mile radius
  • Plastic bottle 500ml soft drinks are already made from recycled materials.

We are going paperless

DEMEC are partnering with Swapcard offering a virtual event app.
Depending on covid guidance at the time we will aim for digital ticketing, a purely digital programme, digital e-posters whilst utilising the venue signage where possible.

Visuals / Signage

Where possible we will be re-using directional visuals and signage from previous DEMEC conferences and by limiting date limited items where possible.

We plan to utilise the venue signage where possible.

Food and beverage

Food and beverage waste accounts for a minimum of 20% event waste, and sometimes up to 60%.

For the limited numbers attending, we will aim to make catering options a minimum of 80% plant based.

Individually wrapped items will be limited where possible whilst still adhering to COVID 19 safety measures in terms of food preparation and distribution.

We are rethinking the lanyard

We may go with a more sustainable option of a bamboo lanyard and eco friendly badges (which can be returned for waste-to-energy disposal).

Perhaps you have your DEMEC lanyard from a previous conference – if so please bring this with you so you can be involved in our sustainability efforts.

Or you could bring your everyday work lanyard – or your most distinctive. Definitely an ice breaker.

Attendee buy-in

We will be reminding you along the way to help support DEMEC’s sustainability efforts in 2021.

As part of the pre event communications and final joining details we will remind you to bring the essentials:

✓ reusable cup and water bottle;

✓ lanyard;

✓ chargers and adaptors so you don’t have to buy an unnecessary spare.

We will also provide you with links to public transport options

Transitions matter: The theory, research and practice of transitions in medical education

Transitions matter. They provide opportunities for intense learning but are also challenging. Drawing on the literature and her team-based research on medical education transitions, Charlotte will talk about: (i) What transitions are; (ii) How transitions can be researched; and (iii) How medical students and trainees can be helped to navigate transitions.

Professor Charlotte Rees
Head of School of Health Sciences
University of Newcastle
NSW, Australia

Building high performance healthcare teams – culture, relationships and translational simulation

Improving teamwork and shaping culture in healthcare is easy to say, but hard to do.
Team training, catchy communication acronyms, and off-site team building might not realise the promise of high performing teams in the complex environment of 21st century healthcare.
Maybe simulation offers more than we think – if used with agility – to explore work environments and the people in them, to test better systems or practices, and to embed ‘best practice’ once we know what that is.
And maybe simulation can actually shape culture, and help high performing healthcare teams get better, together.

Professor Victoria Brazil
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation
Gold Coast Health Service, Queensland, Australia

The importance of generalist skills for multimorbidity patient care

The proportion of patients with two or more medical conditions continues to increase. The majority of over 75s now have 3 or more conditions and almost one in five 40-69 year olds have at least 2 conditions. This trend remains a challenge to the entire medical profession. Whilst greater specialisation, particularly in secondary care, has improved clinical outcomes for individual conditions, generalist skills are becoming increasingly important when faced with patients with multiple long-term conditions. Shifting back to maintaining and celebrating generalism in the medical workforce is critical to respond to the changing pattern to health and disease in the population.

Professor Chris Whitty
Chief Medical Officer
Department of Health and Social Care, London, UK

AoME Calman lecture and awards ceremony

In its 15th year the Academy of Medical Educators is thrilled that the Calman lecture will be delivered by the man in whose honour it is held. Sir Ken will be discussing his life and career with members of AoME’s Developing Medical Educators Group. This is sure to be a fascinating, edifying and thought provoking discussion. Sir Ken’s insistence on the need for structure and recognition in medical education led directly to the founding of the Academy and the development of the Professional Standards for Medical Educators.

Professor Sir Kenneth Calman

Co-chairs: Dr Jamie Fisher and Dr Lewis Hendon-John

Awards presented by Dr Jamie Read