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From unmanned surface vessels to tiny sensors in soils, the capability of technology to understand and monitor environmental processes is generating more information than ever before. Making sense of this data for useful applications is critical to effectively manage marine and terrestrial environments. The insights can inform sustainable use of resources so that the benefits can be reaped without harm to the planet.
How can we maximise the potential of existing technology to measure emissions in our environment? What lessons can be learned to improve future approaches?
This event opens dialogue between academia and industry partners to share knowledge and foster collaborations between technology users and creators. A showcase of the current cutting-edge developments in marine and environmental intelligence technology – including sensors, platforms, data modelling and networks – leads into a forward-looking session outlining the potential opportunities in developing and improving this technology, with discussion on how to overcome them.
Those attending in person will have the opportunity to browse stands featuring technology and relevant projects from the University and partner organisations, including West Country Rivers Trust, Clearwater Sensors and SmartSound with Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
The University of Plymouth has extensive research expertise and key partnerships across the Marine Institute and Sustainable Earth Institute, encompassing advanced data acquisition and interpretation to better inform environmental management decisions on land and at sea. Whether adapting existing kit or developing brand new technology, we are equipped to collect information in a variety of environments from rugged coastlines to humid rainforests.
Need-to-know
This event is hosted in conjunction with the morning session, ‘Making landscapes healthy’, which outlines the consequences of national policy changes for environmental management that may impact future applications of novel sensor network technology. If you would like to attend both sessions, please register for both events separately so that attendee numbers can be effectively managed.
This event will be hybrid delivery, with the talks streamed live online via Zoom.
It will be of most relevance to those using or developing technology for environmental applications, including marine and environmental science academics, data analysts, robotics, engineering, computer science, agri-tech, autonomous systems, technology product developers.
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Programme

13:00 | Arrival and light lunch 
13:30 | Welcome by Dr Simon Ussher , Associate Professor of Marine and Analytical Chemistry 

Session 1: Cutting-edge sensor networks 

13:45 |  Presentations 
14:15 | Panel discussion: Opportunities and barriers to progress 
14:45 | Break and networking 

Session 2: Future visions of sensors and networks 

15:15 | Keynote: 'Next Generation Autonomous Sensing Technologies for nutrient Analysis in Natural waters' by Dr Margaret McCaul, Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Dublin City University 
15:30 | Presentations 
  • ‘Graphene sensors with potential application for environmental sensors’ by Dr Shakil Awan , Lecturer in Electronics and Nanotechnology 
  • ‘Robust high performance in situ nutrient, pH and iron sensors’ by Matt Mowlem, CTO at Clearwater Sensors 
  • ‘How technologies will be able to decipher fast, efficient and fault-tolerant information from the sensors using autonomous marine systems’ by Dr Sanjay Sharma , Associate Professor (Reader) in Intelligent Autonomous Control Systems 
16:00 | Panel discussion: Planning for the future – tech development, grant submissions and funding 
16:20 | Wrap-up and networking 

Keynote: Dr Margaret McCaul

Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Dublin City University, PI at National Centre for Sensor Research and investigator at the INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics
Margaret has over ten years industrial experience in the area of analytical chemistry and has held post-doctoral positions in science education and geochemistry, before taking a senior position as team leader in sensor integration and microfluidics in the adaptive sensors group at DCU. Her current research focuses on novel sensor development from functional materials to innovative devices which comprises several distinct strands of research including: Analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, 3D (micro-)fabrication technologies, materials chemistry, data analytics and remote sensing. Margaret received her BSc in Analytical Chemistry at the Limerick Institute of Technology and her PhD in Analytical Geochemistry from Dublin City University. 

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Marine Institute 

The University’s Marine Institute is the first and largest such institute in the UK. 
We provide the external portal to our extensive pool of world-leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities, enabling us to understand the relationship between the way we live, the seas that surround us and the development of sustainable policy solutions. 
We are integrating our multidisciplinary expertise in marine and maritime research, education and innovation to train new scientists, engineers, policy-makers, artists, technicians and business managers of the future. 

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Sustainable Earth Institute 

The Sustainable Earth Institute is about promoting a new way of thinking about the future of our world. 
We bring researchers together with businesses, community groups and individuals to develop cutting-edge research and innovative approaches that build resilience to global challenges. 
We link diverse research areas across the University including science, engineering, arts, humanities, health and business. 

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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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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