Sustainable Earth 2017

Artwork created for Sustainable Earth 2017 by Heather Nunn, Print Maker

Thursday 29–Friday 30 June 2017, Rolle Marquee, Plymouth University

Sustainable Earth 2017 is a two day event taking place in Plymouth University's Rolle Marquee on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 June 2017.

It offers the opportunity for researchers, businesses, community groups and individuals to come together to hear inspirational speakers and join in with creative workshops designed to spark ideas and encourage collaborations to tackle global challenges.

The themes for this event are based on the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF). GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Find out more.

Event booking and agenda

Register your place online

View the conference programme 

Read the marketplace abstracts

Meet the speakers

To find out about the event, watch the highlights from Sustainable Earth 2016 in the video below.

Guest speakers

Professor Hugh Montgomery (Head of the Centre for Human Health and Performance, University College London), Professor Chris Rapley (Professor of Climate Science, University College London), Lord O’Neill of Gatley (Chair, UK Government Review on Antimicrobial Resistance), Meaghan Ramsey (Partner, Brunswick Group), Owen Gaffney (Director, International Media and Strategy at Stockholm Resilience Centre), Dr David Pencheon (Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit) and Lisa Robinson (Senior Adviser, Resilience and Humanitarian Response, BBC Media Action).

Conference fees

Standard rate: £80

The price is set at a nominal rate to encourage diverse participation.

Market place speakers and concessions: £50

Eligibility: Students from other universities, marketplace presenters, over 60s, children, unemployed, disabled people and Plymouth University alumni

Plymouth University staff and students: Free

Eligibility: Plymouth University staff and students, including those from partner institutions.

External collaborators: Free

Eligibility: Those who are currently working on or developing a research project with the University.


Registration for all the conference options can be done via the online booking form.

Please note that we are encouraging staff and students to register only if they are able to attend a full session.

Travel information

For travel information to Plymouth University including campus maps please visit the travel page.

For hotel accommodation in Plymouth please view the Visit Plymouth accommodation page. We recommend the Jury’s Inn, Copthorne and Holiday Inn as the closest.

More information

All ticket categories include access to the conference over two days including all refreshments. There are no single day tickets.

If you require more information on these rates, please email


The artwork for Sustainable Earth 2017 has been produced by Plymouth University alumna and Sustainable Earth Institute Student Research Prize winner, Heather Nunn.

Heather Nunn creates an awareness of the imbalance between nature and modern society through her art practice. She believes that understanding the complexities of interdependency is one of the first steps toward ecological sustainability. The collagraph is compiled from materials collected from local beach cleans.

Visit Heather's website

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.

Find out more