Marine expertise at Research Festival 2021

Showcasing the latest research and opportunities to collaborate

Join our world-leading researchers and invited guests as they explore topics from offshore renewable energy to cybersecurity, plastic pollution to climate change and more, drawing on our rich heritage of marine and maritime research excellence to share cutting-edge research that makes an impact on the world.

Our experts will be joined by speakers including Nigel Topping, COP26 High Level Climate Action Champion, and Tom Heap, presenter of BBC's Countryfile and Costing the Earth.

Research Festival 2021 is a week of free online events that are open to all, welcoming contributors and attendees from around the world to hear the latest cutting-edge research and discover how your research or business could achieve greater impact through collaboration.

Whether you choose to join one event or take part all week, there’s a rich programme of marine, sustainability, health, arts and education research ready to be explored.



World number one for marine impact

We are ranked first out of 379 institutions worldwide against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal number 14: life below water.

The award recognises the quality of our marine research and teaching as well as our efforts to reduce the impact of campus activities on the marine environment. The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Learn more about our rankings

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021: life below water

Interdisciplinary research

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.