Online Forum 24–25 June 2021

Registration opens soon. Please return in mid-April.

The event programme will be released soon. Please return in mid-April for the full two-day event listings and to secure your place at your chosen sessions.

  • John Elkington
  • Kevin Anderson
  • Sophie Thomas
  • Sarah Bridle

From the University of Plymouth:
  • Professor Jerry Roberts
  • Professor Iain Stewart
  • Professor Jon Shaw
  • Professor Deborah Greaves OBE FREng
  • Professor Steve Goodhew
  • Professor Richard Thompson OBE FRS
  • Professor Jackie Andrade
  • Dr Clare Pettinger
  • Dr David Sergeant
  • Dr Paul Lunt
More to be announced soon.

Sustainable Earth 2021

Bringing together researchers, businesses, NGOs, the public sector, community groups and individuals to tackle global and local challenges around the climate emergency.

Hear from inspirational speakers, network, spark ideas and find opportunities to collaborate.

Join us for an online two-day forum on 24 and 25 June 2021.

Registration opens mid-April.

Sustainable Earth 2021 will welcome:

  • 5 keynote presentations covering the latest research and response to the climate emergency from academia, not-for-profit organisations, business and industry.
  • Over 20 invited speakers sharing the latest insights, research and developments across the forum’s key themes.
  • 12 action-oriented workshops providing case studies and sector findings, plus the tools and strategies to take action at all levels.
  • 30+ marketplace sessions showcasing research, action and initiatives, hosted by researchers, businesses, social enterprises and community groups.

  • ? 5 keynote presentations
  • ? 20+ speakers
  • ? 12 workshops
  • ? 30+ marketplace sessions
  • ? Film screening and Q&A
  • ? Virtual exhibition hall

Call for participation 

Host a marketplace

  • Are you interested in profiling your sustainability research? 
  • Are you a business, social enterprise, public sector organisation or community group working on issues related to the climate emergency?

We want to hear from you!

We are inviting applications to host a marketplace session related to any of the key themes. The marketplace offers an online platform to host a ~15-minute presentation followed by a ~15-minute discussion/Q&A on your chosen area of research or action. 

For more information, please read the guidance notes by clicking 'Apply now'.

Applications close midnight Sunday, 11 April 2021.

Share your research or initiative

Marketplaces are promoted alongside the full event programme, attracting an engaged audience.

Key themes

  • ' Built environment
  • S Mobility & transport
  • 3 Energy
  • Ö Food & diet
  • r Economy & resources
  • A Behaviour change
  • _ Arts & climate
  • ä Carbon offsetting
  • ~ Policy
  • ] Business – research & action
  • Ä Social enterprise – research & action
  • } Community – research & action

Why attend?


  • Build networks to support research and innovation
  • Broaden academic collaborations beyond your discipline
  • Develop ideas for future funding  
  • Catch up on cutting-edge research from sustainability leaders
  • Connect your research with businesses, social enterprises and community groups

Businesses, social enterprises, Public Sector, NGOs, Community Groups, Individuals

  • Build networks to support research and innovation
  • Broaden collaborations beyond your sector/focus
  • Develop ideas for future funding
  • Catch up on the latest research/action from sustainability leaders
  • Connect your organisation with researchers to accelerate/improve your activity


<p>John Elkington</p>
John Elkington, Volans
<p>Kevin Anderson</p>
Prof Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester
<p>Sophie Thomas</p>
Sophie Thomas, Thomas Matthews Communication Design
<p>Sarah Bridle</p>
Prof Sarah Bridle, University of Manchester

We look forward to hearing from...

Professor Kevin Anderson (Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester), Anna Birney (Forum for the Future), John Elkington (Volans), Sophie Thomas (Thomas Matthews Communication Design), Professor Sarah Bridle (University of Manchester)

Professor Patrick Devine Wright (University of Exeter), Sarah Lee (Stride Treglown), Leigh Cooper (Nudge-up), Dr Richard Povall (Art.Earth), Paul Gilbert (SWMAS), Kerry Hayes (Regen SW), Rob Passmore (North Devon Biosphere) and many more to be announced...

University of Plymouth speakers

Registration opens soon. In the meantime, you can view previous Sustainable Earth conferences: 2016, 2017 and 2018