Research Festival 2022 Cleaner and Greener
  • Rolle Marquee, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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The UK Government has set out an ambitious Clean Maritime Plan that intends for the UK to lead the charge globally on achieving zero emissions shipping by 2050. Decarbonisation of the maritime sector presents a complex challenge that requires a significant amount of research and development to be carried out rapidly, in order to reduce emissions and the harmful impacts of the sector. 
  • What does that mean for clean growth opportunities in the South West?
  • How can research and industry work together to become more sustainable in the marine environment?
Hear the latest developments from University of Plymouth researchers and key partners on how their collaborations are tackling the complex challenge of achieving clean growth.
The University leads innovation in numerous inter-related marine and maritime disciplines to tackle the clean maritime challenge from multiple perspectives, channelling a systems-thinking approach to developing solutions.
But there is more to be done, and that’s where your perspectives are welcomed during this interactive workshop. Share open dialogue with experts and offer your experiences with fellow industry professionals, decision makers and academics, and learn how to engage with the University to nurture new ideas and collaborative opportunities to fruition.
The University of Plymouth has a long heritage of world-leading marine and maritime research, with an ethos of sustainable management of the oceans at the core of the Marine Institute. In addition to carrying out fundamental research and development in the technology to aid decarbonisation of the maritime sector, we champion a holistic look at the impacts – intended or not – that clean maritime solutions could have on marine life, their habitats, and society.
New opportunities are on the horizon due to an increasing number of funding calls focused on the clean maritime agenda, making now the ideal time to get ahead of the curve. During this event, you’ll hear about the mechanisms and support in place to facilitate engaging with the University, plus the option to see our cutting-edge COAST Laboratory, CyberSHIP Lab and SHIP Simulator up close to discover how you can benefit from their advanced capabilities.
This is a face-to-face event that will not be recorded or streamed online.
It will be of most relevance to those in academia, industry, policy or environmental management and whose work is either currently, or has potential to be, applied to an aspect of the maritime sector. This may include those working in: marine and environmental sciences, local authorities, shipping and logistics including managing port and harbours, energy, autonomy and marine technology, physics and chemistry, cybersecurity, engineering, materials and manufacturing, economics.
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09:30 | Arrival with refreshments and networking 
10:00 | Welcome by Professor Richard Thompson OBE FRS, Director of the Marine Institute 
10:20 | Enabling change through collaboration: case studies chaired by Dr Richard Pemberton, Lecturer in Mechanical and Marine Engineering Design and University of Plymouth Champion for Clean Maritime 
Three partners share the successes of clean maritime initiatives that have been supported by the expertise and facilities at the University of Plymouth. 
  • ‘Reducing the lifecycle impact of a luxury yacht’ by Laura Parry, Environmental and Compliance Manager and Nick Smith, Head of Product Planning, at Princess Yachts 
  • 'How collaboration can support the growth of clean maritime activities' with James Doddrell, CEO and Co-founder at ARC Marine 
  • Clean maritime projects linked to electric vessels and infrastructure in Plymouth Sound with Dan Turner, Low Carbon City Officer at Plymouth City Council 
These talks will be 10 minutes long. There will be a short Q&A at the end with the speakers. 
11:00 | Interactive task: what does clean maritime mean to you? 
11:05 | Break  
11:20 | Roundtable discussions chaired by Mrs Sarah Fear, Project and Knowledge Exchange Manager for Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab and for the Marine e-charging Living Lab (MeLL) 
Explore ideas and make connections with University of Plymouth academics and your fellow attendees, bringing your perspectives to various aspects of clean maritime developments and identifying opportunities and challenges.  
You will be asked on registration for your preference of topics, information on the options are listed at the end of the programme. Please note that only the four most popular options will be included on the day.  
12:30 | Summary of roundtable discussions
12:45 | How to engage with the University of Plymouth with Mr Kevin Forshaw, Director of Industrial and Strategic Partnerships, and Mrs Sarah Fear 
13:00 | Event concludes. Light lunch served. 
13:30 | Optional facilities tours of the CyberSHIP Lab, Ship Simulator and COAST Laboratory. Sign up during booking or at the event.  

Options for roundtable discussions 

There will be four roundtable topics presented on the day for 30-minute discussions, so you will have the chance to explore two topics.  
Choose from: 
  • ‘How clean are you really? How to prove your business isn’t greenwashing’ – hosted by Professor John Summerscales , Professor of Composites Engineering
Life cycle assessments and carbon accounting are important for assessing the sustainability of a product or business model, but they can be challenging to conduct. What is involved in life cycle assessments and how could you be better supported in completing them? 
Vessels need cleaner fuel and energy options including electric propulsion and other solutions to effectively reduce emissions and waste. What new, green options are being created and how can green solutions be retrofitted to existing vessels? 
Offshore wind output will increase drastically in the Celtic Sea over the next 10 years, with large-scale expansion of current capability relying on robust research to optimise the technology at every level of the offshore wind system, from the turbines and platforms to the power storage. What does this mean for the South West and where are opportunities for collaboration?
Autonomous vessels provide a more sustainable option for fast, cost effective operations for many marine needs, from conducting sea trials to maintaining offshore windfarms. How could you benefit from the positive impact of autonomous technology?  
  • ‘Greening the grey: nature-based solutions’ hosted by Dr Louise Firth , Associate Professor of Marine Ecology 
How can we build structures along our coastlines that consider and create habitats for marine life?
  • ‘How can zero emissions be economically viable?’ hosted by Dr Stavros Karamperidis , Lecturer in Maritime Economics
Emissions from large ships pose a significant challenge for sustainability. How can these be addressed in a way that is economically beneficial to operations?  
  • Maritime Cybersecurity hosted by Dr Kimberly Tam, Lecturer in Cyber Security 
With a rise in digital and technological solutions in the maritime sector comes a rise in potential novel cyberthreats. How do we ensure ships, ports and maritime operations are secure?

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Research Festival 2022

24 June – 1 July
The annual Research Festival returned to celebrate curiosity and collaboration, showcasing leading work across disciplines. The week invited fellow academics, industry, policymakers, students and the public to understand how we are responding to global challenges with a systems-thinking approach to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Evolving into an extended edition that now encompasses the popular Sustainable Earth conference, the Research Festival welcomed attendees to hear about cutting-edge research from leading experts and keynote speakers, learning how your research or business could achieve greater impact through co-creation and collaboration, locally and globally.

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