Research and expertise

Find out about our internationally renowned research and expertise at the University of Plymouth

Research Festival

20-24 January 2020

The annual Research Festival brings together researchers from across the disciplines to showcase their leading work, inviting fellow academics, industry, students, policymakers, and the public to share their research stories.

The week-long event is a vibrant pool for collaborative opportunities, and also provides guidance on funding opportunities and industry engagement.

Take a look at the programme for Research Festival 2020


The Queen's Anniversary Prize for pioneering research on marine microplastics pollution and its impact on the environment and changing behaviour

Nearly two decades of world-leading research into the effects of marine plastics on our environment by Plymouth researchers, led by Professor Richard Thompson OBE, has received the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a higher education institution.

Recognition for our discovery of microplastics

Plymouth Pioneers

We are committed to developing solutions to the planet's most challenging issues. Our pioneering spirit runs deep in the quest for a better tomorrow.
Meet our pioneering researchers

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