Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab

Assisting Devon-based SMEs with big data and environmental challenges

The Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab project gives Devon-based SMEs the opportunity to work collaboratively with our scientists and technologists to develop new products, services or processes with a focus on big data and safeguarding the environment. 

Larger enterprises can be involved through challenge events, where collaborative working with businesses and individuals can work on solving the most pressing environmental and big data issues.

Upcoming events

  • Dataplay event in collaboration with Plymouth City Council (1 November 2019)
  • European Study Group (November/December 2019)
  • Introduction to R and RStudio workshop (date TBC)
  • Remote sensing and GIS data workshop (date TBC)

Past events 

If you are interested in these topics please let us know as we can run the workshops again.

  • Immersive data and visualisations workshop (July 2019)
  • Social media workshop (Autumn 2019)
  • Life cycle assessments for small businesses workshop (October 2019)

Access research expertise and facilities

Through Impact Lab you can access a variety of research expertise and facilities at the University of Plymouth, including:

  • Collaboration with experts in earth and environmental sciences, computing and mathematics, and digital arts and creative media
  • Free business support to solve a key technical challenge in the development of a new product, service or process
  • Physical facilities such as workstations, meeting rooms and demonstration space
  • Access to the University's Immersive Vision Theatre and other facilities
  • Grants for products and services to make your project successful (such as development and testing costs, or intellectual property applications).
This £6.4m part-funded ERDF project is delivered by the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth with the Met Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Rothamsted Research, Plymouth College of Art and Exeter City Futures. The University of Plymouth's partnership is housed in the Sustainable Earth Institute.

<p>Impact Lab - Immersive Vision Theatre</p>
<p>Impact Lab - Immersive Vision Theatre</p>

Impact Lab - European Study Group

Impact Lab and the Centre of Mathematical Sciences are planning to run a study group exploring effective ways that our expertise in High Performance Computing, Data Science, Big Data and Mathematical modelling could be used to solve significant problems and challenges arising in industry.

The Impact Lab is therefore asking a range of organisations to propose key problems or challenges they face. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Impact Lab team at impactlab@plymouth.ac.uk.

We invite you to email, phone or visit us to discuss further by the 8th November. The study group will convene w/c 25th November and 2nd December for group discussions.


Project Team

A Sustainable Earth Institute project

This is just one of many projects supported by the Sustainable Earth Institute. Promoting a new way of thinking about the future of our world.

More about the Sustainable Earth Institute

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The University of Plymouth is proud to be supported by the European Regional Development Fund. As one stream of funding under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme 2014–2020, the ERDF focuses on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. 

The main priorities involve contributions to research and innovation, supporting and promoting small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and the creation of a low carbon economy.