Sustainable Earth @ Research Festival 2022: A systems-thinking approach to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals


PRESENTED BY: University of Plymouth

Opening the University of Plymouth’s annual Research Festival this year, the Sustainable Earth Institute invites you to hear from influential speakers and world-leading academics on tackling the most pressing 21st-century global challenges. Hear the latest research, developments and initiatives and discover how your research or business could achieve greater impact through taking a whole-system, collaborative approach.

The festival runs from Friday 24 June through to Friday 1 July offering a range of online and in-person events, including:

Friday 24 June | Net Zero Carbon: from policy to action

Opening this year’s Research Festival, the Sustainable Earth Institute will share the role of universities in taking a systems-thinking approach to reaching net zero, provide an overview of UK policy, and explore clean growth opportunities in the South West. Hear from keynotes including Michael Lewis CEO of E.ON and Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh MBE from University of Bath.

Monday 27 June | Making Landscapes Healthy

Farming is at the heart of the South West, with agriculture accounting for around 80% of its land use as a critical cornerstone to the region’s economy. Gain insight into the University’s cutting-edge research in the agriculture sector, recognised as the UK’s number 1 for research impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2021, and hear from local agricultural and environmental leaders including Sir Harry Studholme, former chair of the UK Forestry Commission.

Wednesday 29 June | Perspectives on Complexity

Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute, Professor Will Blake, chairs this thought-provoking event exploring the importance, risks and benefits of transdisciplinary research, and challenges perceptions of how to approach research. Co-hosted with Schumacher College, with opening keynote from Deep Ecology Research Fellow, Dr Stephan Harding & Senior Lecturer, Dr Andy Letcher, to set the tone for a deliberately provocative session.

Events are open to anyone interested in working towards the sustainable development goals in their research, business, industry and community. Event registration is free but required for each individual event.

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