Key events

Sustainable Earth 2016 

Sustainable Earth 2016 took place on 23 and 24 June 2016, and bought together researchers, businesses, community groups and individuals for two days of speakers, networking opportunities and workshops.

Keynote speakers included Sir Mark Walport (UK Government Chief Scientist), Wendy Darke (former BBC Natural History Unit), Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth), and Anthony Hobley (CEO, Carbon Tracker). Visiting organisations that also spoke at the event included the Salvation Army, Plymouth Energy Community, Westcountry Rivers Trust, Langage Farm and University of Iceland.

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Cracking Earth 2015: Building sustainability research with foundations

Representatives from over 15 organisations spoke about their collaborative work with Plymouth University researchers.

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Responding to the challenges of living with environmental change (2013)

The event was based on living with environmental change - a partnership of 22 public-sector organisations that fund environmental research

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First annual research event, 22 June 2012

Building on the launch of the ISSR on 30 April 2012, this event provided a detailed introduction to the University's expertise in sustainability. It was open to University researchers from any discipline whether currently working in sustainability or not (and also other University staff interested in sustainability) and included invited sustainability stakeholders who are interested in working with the University on various projects. The morning involved a series of short ten minute presentations, giving an overview of current sustainability activity and the afternoon involved a number of project development workshops.​


Gregory Barker MP

Launch of the Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research, 30 April 2012

The official launch of the Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research (ISSR). The opening ceremony was performed by Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, DECC. Following the opening ceremony, a cream tea networking reception took place and a small exhibition of some of the Institute’s research activity. For more information and images of how the event went view the ISSR launch news release.