Research Festival 2020

Returning for the third year, the annual festival showcases the outstanding research carried out by staff at the University in collaboration with colleagues and partners locally, nationally and internationally.

Creating an impact from local to global

Thank you for joining our week-long celebration of the rich research landscape that impacts our world with world-leading academics and experts.

Through our health and medical expertise, we examined the brain, the body, and the ways technology play a significant role in improving healthcare.

Sustainability and our strong relationship with the ocean were inevitably explored, confronted and communicated through dedicated sessions and days.

The week was also peppered within an assortment of topics including digital visualisation, arts, history, and digital rights in an internet age.

Fittingly for 2020, the festival also marked the Mayflower 400 commemorations through a contemporary response to our history and heritage.

How do we respond to global environmental challenges affecting our biodiversity?
Can we protect our children from the dangers on the internet?
What does a future of clean growth from natural resources look like?
How do we maintain healthy and productive oceans for a sustainable ocean economy?

These are just some of the questions our academics delved into, inviting academics, partners, businesses, students, and the public to sample a diverse programme that spanned a breadth of fascinating research projects.

Join the conversation online with #PlymResFest 

Watch our Research Festival 2020 trailer

Events listing | 20–24 January

Images of Research Exhibition

An exhibition of images that captured the true essence of our postgraduates' research.

The University’s Doctoral College invited postgraduate research students and staff to submit an eye-catching photographic image, and captivating description, for the third Images of Research competition.

Prize winners received up to £150 in research travel or research funding, selected by public votes cast in the Research Festival 2020.

The exhibition was on display in Roland Levinsky Building  20-23 January, with public voting on 20 & 21 January. 

Interested in participating next year? Keep an eye out for the Call for Submissions in the Autumn.

Find out more about the competition

ITSMed Brain Tumour Research Symposium 2020 – Thursday 23 January

This first symposium of the South West Brain Tumour Centre celebrated some of our achievements and stimulated discussion with clinicians on the ground, covering topics such as the mechanism of tumour development, new drug targets, new biomarkers and brain tumour imaging.

We were pleased to welcome keynote speakers, Dr Harpreet Hyare from University College London Hospitals NHS Trust and University College London, and Professor Sebastian Brandner from University College London Queen Square Institute of Neurology.

Public Research Programme

The year-long programme of public events showcases our research across a spectrum of topics. It presents our annual Research Festival, the Inaugural Professorial Lecture series, the Public Research Lecture series, the new Christmas Research Lecture, and selected lectures featuring keynote speakers throughout the year.

All are welcome to join us as our academics open the door to the intriguing world of research, inviting you to learn more about the fascinating work taking place across the University.

Have a look at our upcoming events taking place in 2019/20