Cracking Earth 2015: Building Sustainability Research with Foundations

'Cracking Earth 2015: Building Sustainability Research with Foundations’, was the ISSR's 4th annual sustainability research conference which attracted over 230 delegates.

University of Plymouth geologist and BBC television presenter Professor Iain Stewart was among a host of scientists, policymakers and business leaders who spoke at our annual sustainability research event on 29 April 2015.

Representatives from a wide range of organisations spoke about their collaborative projects with the University of Plymouth researchers which focused upon a number of themes, including climate action, health and wellbeing, inclusive societies, green energy and food security.

Friends of the Earth: Big Ideas Report

The event also saw the unveiling of a new report by Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy and Research at Friends of the Earth, looking at the role marketing plays in encouraging over-consumption and unsustainable behaviours in consumers. The report, written by Dr Victoria Hurth, from the Faculty of Business, provides a six-point plan for marketing, and forms part of Friends of the Earth’s Big Ideas Project. View the report.


Welcome to Plymouth and Working with Charitable Foundations

Challenge: Health and Wellbeing

Thank you to the external partners involved with this challenge: The University of Lausanne, The National Marine Aquarium and Torrington Dental Practice.

Challenge: Climate Action and Resource Efficiency

Thank you to the external partners involved with this challenge: Dartmoor Mires project and Plymouth City Council.

Challenge: Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies

Thank you to the external partners involved with this challenge: The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, Farm Shop, University of South Australia, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Plymouth and Friends of the Earth.

Challenge: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy 

Thank you to the external partners involved with this challenge: Space Strategy and Hilson Moran.

Challenge: Smart, Green and Integrated Transport

Thank you to the external partner involved with this challenge: Traveline South West.

Challenge: Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture/Forestry and Water Research

Thank you to the external partners involved with this challenge: Westcountry Rivers Trust, Light Up Analytics and The Salvation Army.

Key Note: Cracking Ideas for the Future

Our 2015 Key Note was given by Professor Iain Stewart, Professor of Geosciences Communication at the University of Plymouth, who spoke about 'cracking ideas for the future'.