Research Festival 2022
The annual Research Festival returns for the fifth year to celebrate collaboration across academia, policy and industry, responding to the theme: a systems-thinking approach to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 
  • Are coastal communities receiving the research and investment they need? 
  • How do universities progress policy and action in the clean growth agenda? 
  • How do we ensure a resilient, future-ready NHS? 
  • What role do the Arts have in achieving greater research impact? 
These are some of the questions our world-leading academic community and key partner organisations will venture into. 
We welcome insightful perspectives from influential keynote speakers, including Dr Rita Gardner, Chief Executive of the Academy of Social Sciences; Michael Lewis, CEO of E.ON; Sir Harry Studholme, former chairman of the UK Forestry Commission; and members of UK Government. 
You’ll hear the latest insights directly from the experts on tackling the most pressing 21st-century global challenges.
Add your voice to the discussions and discover how your research or business could achieve greater impact through taking a whole-system, collaborative approach.
Building on the success of 2021’s online edition, Research Festival 2022 invites you to attend a mixed-delivery programme of in person, online or hybrid events so you can join us from wherever you are.
Join the conversation online with #PlymResFest 

24 June – 1 July 2022

A solutions-focused, whole-system approach

At the University of Plymouth, when we talk of a systems-thinking approach, it is one of understanding and improving complex issues by viewing and addressing the whole of the problem. Typically scientists – natural and social – may come together with health, arts and humanities researchers, government, industry and communities, to address local to global challenges alongside national and international policy.

Research Festival 2022 is an opportunity to articulate and showcase how the University of Plymouth is a front-runner in systems-thinking approaches to solutions-oriented research. It also provides a platform for you to connect with others to foster or nurture collaborative partnerships, whether you are already working in alignment with systems-thinking or aspire to strengthening your transdisciplinary working.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership.

Ending global poverty; improving health, education and economy; reducing inequality; tackling climate change; and preserving the environment.

Visit the UN Sustainable Development Goals website for more information
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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

Roland Levinsky Building at night