Research Festival 2021

Monday 28 June – Friday 2 July

The annual Research Festival is a celebration of curiosity and collaboration, which invited you to understand more of our world and those living in it, from marine sciences to engineering to cybersecurity, global challenges to architecture to education.

We invited academics, businesses, partners, students and the public to sample a diverse programme that showcased the outstanding research carried out by staff at the University in collaboration with colleagues and partners locally, nationally and internationally.


Attendees heard about the latest research from leading academics and top keynote speakers, including COP26 High Level Climate Champion, Nigel Topping and presenter of BBC's Countryfile and Costing the Earth, Tom Heap, and found out how your research or business could achieve greater impact through collaboration.

We were delighted to welcome contributors and attendees from around the world to join us in the first virtual edition of the Research Festival.

Some of the questions our academics delved into include:

  • How does University of Plymouth research respond to global environmental and marine challenges?
  • What could a world powered by offshore wind, wave and tidal energy look like?
  • Can cob building techniques be revitalised to meet modern needs?
  • What knowledge will learners of the future need?
Take part in the conversation with #PlymResFest

Events from Research Festival 2021

Images of Research 2021

An exhibition of images that captures the true essence of our research community.

The University’s Doctoral College invites postgraduate research students and research staff to submit an eye-catching photographic image and interpretation for the Images of Research competition, as part of the Research Festival 2021.

Find out more about images of research

Sally Rangecroft, 2020 winner Best photographic image: Research Staff

Sally Rangecroft, 2020 winner Best photographic image: Research Staff

Interdisciplinary Strategic Institutes

Our diverse research spans three Strategic Institutes. Collaborative endeavour in rich, natural environments drives solutions to global challenges.

Marine Institute<span class='gicon-star'></span>

Marine Institute
Marine, maritime, education and innovation expertise integrates to train scientists, engineers, policymakers, artists, technicians and business.

Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research<span class='gicon-star'></span>

Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research
Transformations in life course, ageing, methodologies, e-health, technology and interventions in health, social care, lifestyle, health and wellbeing.

Sustainable Earth Institute<span class='gicon-star'></span>

Sustainable Earth Institute
Science, engineering, arts, humanities, health and business, with community, businesses and individuals, innovate to build resilience for our planet.

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