Sustainable Earth 2018: 28 and 29 June

Sustainable Earth 2018

Sustainable Earth 2018 is an annual conference connecting research with action to work towards solutions to sustainability challenges. It is an informal and interactive event, aimed at a global audience to increase collaborations between organisations and researchers.

Each year the event attracts around 200 attendees from a variety from backgrounds including local groups, academic researchers, PhD students, global organisations, charities, and individuals with an interest in sustainability. The event will be held in the Rolle Marquee on the University of Plymouth's main campus.

Keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce the 2018 keynotes: 

  • Dr Ruth McKernan
    Chief Executive of Innovate UK and member of the Science, Industry and Translation Committee of the Royal Society
  • Professor Dame Anne Glover
    VP for External Affairs and Dean For Europe at Aberdeen University; former Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission
  • Baroness Bryony Worthington
    Executive Director, Environmental Defence Fund Europe
  • Professor Vanessa Lawrence
    Senior Strategic Global Advisor for Geospatial for the World Bank Group and Non-executive Director of the Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Professor Virginia Murray
    Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England; Vice Chair UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group

A marketplace session at taking place at Sustainable Earth

Call for participation

We are inviting everyone to submit proposals for marketplace sessions or posters for Sustainable Earth 2018 which highlight solutions to sustainability challenges. Whether you're a researcher, an organisation, a global charity or an individual with a sustainability interest – we want to hear from you!

We're looking for marketplace ideas that are out-of-the-ordinary, and posters that tell your sustainability story. We strongly recommend reading our guidance notes for more information.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 11 February 2018.

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: 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 the conference will open in February 2018.

Travel information

For travel information to the University of Plymouth 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

If you require more information on the conference, please email

If you require more information on the marketplace and poster submissions, please email