Public Research Programme

Research is at the core of everything we do at the University of Plymouth.

Our rich research culture seeks to better understand the world we live in, and – for many – make a difference that will leave it better for future generations.

We are celebrating the impact of this work by opening up the often intriguing world of research, inviting the public, researchers, businesses, and students to hear the fascinating research stories.

Introduced by Professor Jerry Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, we welcome you to our programme of research-focused events for captivating explorations of science, engineering, arts, culture, health, medicine and more. 

Join us in 2021/22 for the Inaugural Professorial Lectures, now delivered as hybrid events that can be enjoyed in-person or from the comfort of your home, and the annual Research Festival that will return next summer.

Inaugural Professorial Lectures

The Inaugural Professorial Lectures acknowledge our academics who have been awarded their professorship as a mark of their esteemed research.

Join us for a celebration of their accomplishments in a special evening where they share their journey so far and their insights into the specialist topics their high-quality research investigates. 

From Einstein to seagrass, a lifetime immersed in coastal sediments – Professor Daniel Conley

Inaugural Professorial Lecture | Thursday 21 October | Book now

Gravity's pull on the sediment that forms beaches suggests they shouldn't last as long as they do. So how do waves and currents maintain the sediment cover on beaches? Professor of Nearshore Processes, Daniel Conley, takes us on a voyage of oceans around the globe, drawing on 30 years of expertise to resolve this mystery and illuminate the challenges of sediment transport. 

Antibiotic resistance and the quest for discovery – Professor Mathew Upton

Inaugural Professorial Lecture | Wednesday 24 November | Book now

Predictions indicate that by 2050, 10 million people per year will die from antibiotic resistant infections, igniting a new urgency to tackle this global crisis. 

Professor Mathew Upton reflects on his extensive microbiology research that focuses on discovering potential sources for antimicrobials that can be turned into the new classes of antibiotic, and his career so far including the launch of his spinout company, Amprologix. 

Research Festival

Research Festival 2021

28 June – 2 July

The annual Research Festival celebrated curiosity and collaboration, showcasing leading work across disciplines and inviting fellow academics, industry, students, policymakers, and the public to understand more of our world and those living in it.

Attendees heard cutting-edge research from world-leading experts and top keynote speakers and learned how their own research or business could achieve greater impact through collaboration, locally and globally.