Cracking Earth 2015: Building Sustainability Research with Foundations

'Cracking Earth 2015: Building Sustainability Research with Foundations’, was our 4th annual sustainability research conference which attracted over 230 delegates.

Plymouth University geologist and BBC television presenter Professor Iain Stewart was among a host of scientists, policymakers and business leaders who spoke at our annual sustainability research event on 29 April 2015.

Representatives from a wide range of organisations spoke about their collaborative projects with Plymouth University researchers which focused upon a number of themes, including climate action, health and wellbeing, inclusive societies, green energy and food security.

Friends of the Earth: Big Ideas Report

The event also saw the unveiling of a new report by Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy and Research at Friends of the Earth, looking at the role marketing plays in encouraging over-consumption and unsustainable behaviours in consumers. The report, written by Dr Victoria Hurth, from the Faculty of Business, provides a six-point plan for marketing, and forms part of Friends of the Earth’s Big Ideas Project.  View the report.


Welcome to Plymouth and Working with Charitable Foundations

Challenge: Health and Wellbeing

Thank you to the external partners involved with this challenge: The University of Lausanne, The National Marine Aquarium and Torrington Dental Practice.

Challenge: Climate Action and Resource Efficiency

Thank you to the external partners involved with this challenge: Dartmoor Mires project and Plymouth City Council.

Challenge: Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies

Thank you to the external partners involved with this challenge: The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, Farm Shop, University of South Australia, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Plymouth and Friends of the Earth.

Challenge: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy 

Thank you to the external partners involved with this challenge: Space Strategy and Hilson Moran.

Challenge: Smart, Green and Integrated Transport

Thank you to the external partner involved with this challenge: Traveline South West.

Challenge: Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture/Forestry and Water Research

Thank you to the external partners involved with this challenge: Westcountry Rivers Trust, Light Up Analytics and The Salvation Army.

Key Note: Cracking Ideas for the Future

Our 2015 Key Note was given by Professor Iain Stewart, Professor of Geosciences Communication at Plymouth University, who spoke about 'cracking ideas for the future'.