The Big Earth Quiz
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The popular Big Quiz returns with an environmental twist, providing a quirky and engaging way to learn about sustainability.
Join our experts for a dive into the wonders of our planet and learn how we can better care for it. From Arctic glaciers to the deep sea, test your knowledge with head-scratching rounds on geology, geography, biology, engineering, marine science and more. 
Hosted by Professor John Spicer , the question rounds will give you a peek into the global research our experts and scientists carry out that uncovers how our world works, the challenges it faces and the solutions being created for a more sustainable future.
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This event is free to attend and will take place online over Zoom. It is informal and open to all; no prior knowledge is needed. Please book in advance and a joining link will be emailed to you before the event. 
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Your host: Professor John Spicer

Professor of Marine Zoology
John’s research focuses on the innermost workings of marine organisms, in a quest to understand how they work and evolve in the wild and how they adapt to climate change. 
An eminent scientist renowned for his expertise in ocean acidification and hypoxia, John has contributed a substantial wealth of knowledge to the field over three decades, resulting in over 180 research papers, multiple academic books, writing for popular culture, and advising national and international policymakers.

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Marine Institute

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. 

FUTURES2022

30 September – 1 October
Explore the past, create the present and imagine the future.
FUTURES2022 brings research to life in new and exciting ways online and in-person, with events from storytelling to panel discussions, tours, talks, quizzes, broadcasts and more. People of all ages are invited to join researchers from the world-class Universities of Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Bath Spa University to explore topics such as history, health, marine, robotics and the arts.

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