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 in the Inaugural Professorial Lectures, Public Research Lectures, the annual Research Festival and Christmas Lecture.

After the postponements of 2020, we look forward to returning to our full programme for captivating explorations of science, engineering, arts, culture, health, medicine and more.

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Inaugural Professorial Lectures

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Public Research Lectures
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Christmas Lecture

Christmas Lecture

Beethoven's private legacy: his musical sketches

Christmas Lecture | Wednesday 16 December | Watch recording now

What insight do Beethoven’s musical sketches provide to the inner workings of his creative process? Dr Robert Taub and Professor James Daybell marked Beethoven’s 250th birthday in a special evening, exploring how these sketches lead to a greater understanding of the creative evolution of his art. 

The discussion with musical accompaniment illustrated how Beethoven challenged artistic perceptions of human expression and how listening to music has changed through generations. 

Research Festival

Research Festival

28 June – 2 July 2021

The annual Research Festival brings together researchers from across the disciplines to showcase their leading work, inviting fellow academics, industry, students, policymakers, and the public to share their research stories.

The week-long event is a vibrant pool for collaborative opportunities, and also provides guidance on funding opportunities and industry engagement.

The programme for the week is due to be announced in early 2021. 

Inaugural Professorial Lectures

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

We look forward to welcoming you to celebrate their accomplishments, in a special evening sharing their journey so far and their insight into the specialist topics their high-quality research investigates. 

These events are currently postponed. More information will be shared once they are rescheduled.