Plymouth Impact Lab Launch


TIME: 1:00 pm — 4:00 pm
VENUE: Plymouth Science Park, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 8BX
PRESENTED BY: Plymouth Marine Laboratory

You are invited to the Plymouth launch event of The Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab on Friday, 08 February, 13:00-16:00, at the Plymouth Science Park (Baylis Suite).  Register by Wednesday the 6th of February. 

The Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab project brings together Devon’s leading research centres to help Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) create innovative products and services through funded support options and the possibility to access additional grant funding.

This launch event will provide detail on the “Impact Lab” initiative, what’s on offer, how to access funded support as well as example case studies.

You will be welcomed by Professor Iain Stewart MBE, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute at the University of Plymouth and presenter of science programmes for the BBC, notably the BAFTA nominated “Earth: The Power of the Planet”. He will be joined by Dr Antonio Rago from the University of Plymouth and other speakers from Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth City Council and the University of Exeter.

A further interactive panel discussion will provide an opportunity for questions and discussion, followed by networking (full agenda below).

We are keen to meet you and hear your thoughts, or perhaps about a project or business that you would like to refer to us.

Looking forward to meeting with you,

The Plymouth Impact Lab Team


  • 13.00 – Arrivals with tea/coffee
  • 13:30 – Welcome by Professor Iain Stewart MBE and Dr Antonio Rago
  • 13:45 – Introduction to the project by Robert Kathro
  • 13:55 – Capabilities with case study examples by the University of Plymouth (Sarah Fear), Plymouth Marine Laboratory (Tim Fileman) and Plymouth College of Art (Oli Raud with Ben Mundy)
  • 14:30 – Wider partnership capabilities by Robert Kathro
  • 14:35 – Upcoming events by Kathryn White
  • 14:45 – Panel discussion and audience Q&A with the speakers and Plymouth City Council representatives
  • 15:15 – Opportunity for networking
  • 16:00 – Close



The Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab project is part of a wider strategic effort to put the region on the map for its environmental and big data capabilities and comes with a £6.4 million budget, in part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The institutions involved concern Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art, University of Exeter, Exeter City Futures, the Met Office and Rothamsted Research, each bringing the latest technical and academic capabilities plus free access to data, scientists and other resources to deploy on projects. Find out more at:


We intend to photograph/video the event to use in promotional material. The purpose of this promotional material is to provide information about our project to audiences which may include businesses, policy-makers, funders and other stakeholders. Your image may be used online, on websites hosted by the Impact Lab and other organisations. It may also be used in print or social media produced by the Impact Lab and/or other stakeholders. Please let us know (either by email or on the day, when you sign in) if you do not wish to be photographed.


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