Festival celebrates University’s commitment to transforming lives through research

The University of Plymouth’s rich, varied and world-leading research will be put under the microscope during a week of events beginning on Monday 22 January.

Bacterial resistance and Big Data, global warming and displacement, health and heritage will be among the topics covered during the 2018 Research Festival.

It will also cover national issues including the UK’s Industrial Strategy, the Government’s recently announced 25-year Environment Plan, and highlight how research being carried out in Plymouth is making a difference to the world in economic, environmental, social and cultural terms.

Featuring researchers from across the University’s five faculties, all the events will be free and open to members of the public, businesses, students or anyone interested in the topics.

There will also be addresses from high profile external speakers including: Professor Virginia Murray, Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction at Public Health England; Professor Carole Parkes, Special Advisor to the United Nations PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) initiative; Professor Wendy Reid, Director of Education and Quality at Health Education England; Kevin Richardson, Local Growth Consultant at HEFCE; and Anna Mereu, Senior Project Manager at Innovate UK.

Professor Jerry Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise, said:

“The 2018 Research Festival demonstrates the breadth of our research excellence and is an opportunity to celebrate the great work taking place here every day. Our academics and students conduct cutting edge research which advances our understanding and has the potential to transform lives. This is a chance to share that research with a wider audience, to celebrate successes and inspire new ideas or collaborations.”

Among the Festival’s events will be the launch of the new Displacement Studies Research Network, which seeks to provide a voice for – and greater awareness and understanding of – those displaced by conflict, poverty and natural and manmade disasters.

There will also be a photographic exhibition of works by postgraduate students, titled Images of Research, with audiences invited to choose their favourite and the winner being announced at the end of the week.

Plymouth Research Festival

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