Research Festival 2021

The annual festival returns in summer 2021 to showcase the outstanding research carried out by staff at the University in collaboration with colleagues and partners locally, nationally and internationally.

Previous years have seen over 1000 attendees and led to new collaborations, launched research networks, communicated interdisciplinary projects, and encouraged public engagement on some of the world's most pressing issues.

Monday 28 June – Friday 2 July 2021

The call for submissions

Do you want your research to reach new audiences?
Looking for an opportunity to bring disciplines together and explore new project opportunities?

We are welcoming submissions that respond to the Festival theme of 'Creating an impact from local to global'.

Applications from University of Plymouth academics will be accepted on a competitive basis following review by the Research Festival Steering Group.

Successful events will:

  • have a clear sense of purpose with proposed aims and outcomes;
  • have a clear target audience, who will benefit from attending the event;
  • follow a festival-style format, rather than a conference or talk; and
  • respond to the theme of 'Creating an impact from local to global'.

Please note: We are accepting submissions for in-person or online hosted events on the assumption that in-person events may be permitted in June 2021. The Research Festival will take place in compliance with UK Government guidelines in place at the time and so this is subject to change. Support will be provided to adapt in-person events to online hosted where appropriate.

Applications must be received before submissions close:

3pm, Friday 27 November 2020

Successful contributors will be contacted within four weeks of the closing date.

For any related enquiries, please contact Professor Jerry Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, via

Submissions are now closed.

Thank you to all who have entered an application to Research Festival 2021. Applicants will be informed of a decision in December pending review by the Research Festival Steering Group.