Sustainable Earth 2016: Reflective activities

The reflective activities on Thursday 23 June 2016 will run from 5.00pm and will take approximately 1.5 hours, leaving you with plenty of time before the evening meal and entertainment, starting at 7.30pm. The activities will mainly be off-campus with transport provided if needed.

The reflective activities on Friday 24 June will run from 12.00pm and will last for approximately 1 hour. These activities will mainly take place on the Plymouth University campus.

Due to the nature of the activities, spaces are limited and pre-booking is essential. Booking for reflective activities is available through the registration process.

Thursday 23 June

Visit: Bread & Roses – a social enterprise pub with Dr Victoria Hurth

Go for a short walk to the Bread & Roses Pub, the only social enterprise pub in Plymouth. Founded in June 2012 as a community interest company, the Bread and Roses is a community pub that cares. Bread & Roses is managed by a collective of directors bringing together different life experiences to inspire the local community and create change. Find out about Bread & Roses approach to Responsible Consumption and Production (and perhaps sample some of the local produce). 

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Visit: Plymouth Waste to Energy Plant with Dr Paul Warwick

Visit the Energy from Waste plant at North Yard, Devonport, Plymouth. This facility provides a waste treatment solution for the South West Devon Waste Partnership. It deals with waste from Plymouth, Devon and Torbay that is not recycled or composted and generates electricity as well as usable heat in combined heat and power (CHP) mode, thereby saving valuable fossil resources and reducing carbon dioxide output. 

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Visit: Plymouth Energy Community urban solar farm with Dr Katharine Willis and Alistair Macpherson

Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) are a local Community Benefit Society aiming to give people in Plymouth the power to change how they buy, use and generate energy. Up against cuts to solar subsidies, removal of tax relief for community energy groups and site complexities, PEC have built Plymouth’s largest solar array. The 4.1MW solar array on a derelict piece of land in the north-west of the City will generate an income for the local community. 

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Workshop: Mindful Movement Workshop with Professor Janet Richardson

In a busy world, Mindfulness can help take a break and reset oneself, ready to face the maelstrom again. Professor Janet Richardson, who has researched into the benefits of mindfulness and yoga, will provide an Introduction to Mindful Movement, hoping to provide a short respite from the chaos of the conference and enable reflection on the afternoon’s presentations.

Visit: Royal William Yard for the HOT 16 Arts Degree Show with return boat trip with Phil Power

Visit the Plymouth University Art studios and final year exhibition at Royal William Yard. Designed by Victorian architect Sir John Rennie and constructed between 1825 and 1831, Royal William Yard is steeped in history. A return boat trip has been organised that will go past Plymouth Hoe and drop you off at the Barbican for a short walk back to the University. A fantastic way to see Plymouth.

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Self-directed time

We also feel that this time is an opportunity to go for a walk, have a coffee in one of our award winning cafes on campus, or explore Plymouth's City Centre.

Friday 24 June

Workshop: Grappling with the Future: An Introduction to climate change models with Professor Camille Parmesan

A workshop providing an opportunity to engage with various climate change models from a world leading climate change scientist. The workshop will introduce various IPCC climate change models using an interactive approach.

Professor Camille Parmessan biography: For nearly 20 years, the focus of Camille’s work has been on biological impacts of anthropogenic climate change in natural systems. She has been involved with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in varying capacities for more than 15 years (e.g. as Lead Author, Reviewer), and was an named official contributor to IPCC receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. She is lead author of the most highly cited paper on climate change.

Find out more about Professor Camille Parmesan

Workshop: Funding of sustainability science with Professor Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir

Dr Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir is Professor of Sustainability Science at the Institute of Earth Sciences and Institute for Sustainability Studies at the University of Iceland (UI). Dr Ragnarsdottir´s transdisciplinary studies include determining sustainability indicators and ecosystem services for soil as well as developing frameworks, processes and indicators for sustainable communities with food security at the centre.

Vala was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Framework 7 Environment Programme from 2006-2008. She has been a member of grant research panels for the EC (Brussels), NERC (UK), NSF (USA) and ESA (Netherlands).

Find out more about Professor Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir

Tour Plymouth University Biology Labs with Dr Mick Hanley

From biochemistry, microbiology and ecotoxicology, to ecology, animal behaviour and evolution, biology research within Plymouth University is broad. Find out more about the University’s biology research and the labs where some of it takes place.

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Show: Immersive Vision Theatre: Cosmic Perspective – A journey from Earth to the edge of the observable Universe with Luke Christison

We present Plymouth University’s Immersive Vision Theatre, a planetarium reborn as a transdisciplinary instrument for creating and exploring science and art.

Come and witness our most popular show 'The Cosmic Perspective', a live and interactive demonstration with Luke Christison, tracking the frontiers of cosmic discovery and understanding.

A journey from Earth to the edge of the Observable Universe while exploring the wonders in between, from our detailed solar system to the mapping of distant galaxies. Your view of our world will never be the same again.

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Tour: Plymouth University Marine Building and Labs with Elaine Budd

Opened in October 2012, Plymouth University’s £19 million Marine Building is an unmatched facility for testing marine renewable energy solutions and helping the world adapt to climate change.

The Marine building is home to the Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratory. This is a flexible facility with the capability to generate short and long-crested waves in combination with currents at any relative direction, sediment dynamics, tidal effects and shortly wind. A fantastic opportunity to see a facility that is working at the cutting edge of technology. 

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Tour: Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre with Dr Natasha Stephen

Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC) offers expert and specialist support to students, researchers, academics and industry. We have a comprehensive range of light microscopes, electron microscopes, imaging processing and analysis software providing support to a range of disciplines within Plymouth University, external research organisations and industry clients.

Our equipment is integrated with sophisticated software for image analysis, image processing and x-ray characterisation of materials, with facilities for rapid report generation. Remote, real-time SEM operation is also available.

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Self-directed time

We also feel that this time is an opportunity to go for a walk, have a coffee in one of our award winning cafes on campus, or explore Plymouth's City Centre.

Standard delegate rate

Price: £60.00 per person

  • The price is set at a nominal rate to encourage diverse participation. The price covers both days, there are no single day tickets.
  • This includes the conference dinner on Thursday 23 June, and lunch on Friday 24 June.


Plymouth University staff and student rate

Price: Free

  • The event is free for Plymouth University staff or students.
  • The event is free for external collaborators who are currently researching or developing research projects with the Sustainable Earth Institute – you will be asked for your key Plymouth University contact.
  • This includes the conference dinner on Thursday 23 June, and lunch on Friday 24 June.
  • Please note that due to limited number of spaces, we are encouraging Plymouth University staff and students to register only if they are able to attend a full session.