Sustainable Earth 2018: 28 and 29 June

Sustainable Earth 2018

Sustainable Earth 2018 is an annual conference connecting research with action, and highlights how researchers and organisations are working towards sustainability solutions. It is an informal and interactive event, aimed at a global audience to increase collaborations between organisations and researchers.

Each year the event attracts around 200 attendees from a variety of backgrounds including local groups, academic researchers, PhD students, global organisations, charities, and individuals with an interest in sustainability. The event will be held in the Rolle Marquee on the University of Plymouth's main campus.

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Keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce the 2018 keynotes: 

  • Professor Dame Anne Glover
    President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Strathclyde University
  • Baroness Bryony Worthington
    Executive Director, Environmental Defence Fund Europe
  • Dr Mike Maunder
    Director of Life Sciences, The Eden Project
  • Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB
    Senior adviser to governments, inter-governmental organisations including the World Bank and large private sector organisations and a Non-Executive Director of the Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Professor Virginia Murray
    Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England; Vice Chair UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group

Programme: Day 1

  • Thursday 28 June 2018
  • Rolle Marquee, University of Plymouth

13:15 Registration, networking and coffee

13:45 Conference welcome and introduction

14:00 Keynote 1: Baroness Bryony Worthington

14:45 University of Plymouth speaker: Professor Richard Thompson

15:15 Tea and coffee

15:30 Marketplace session 1

16:15 University of Plymouth speaker: Mr Jason Lowther

16:45 Keynote 2: Dr Mike Maunder

17:30 Close of conference

The Sterling Lecture 

Selling Planet Earth: Translating geo-science into global action

Speaker: Professor Iain Stewart - UNESCO Chair in Geoscience and Society

18:30 Arrival and registration

19:00 Public lecture

20:30 End of lecture

Programme: Day 2

  • Friday 29 June 2018
  • Rolle Marquee, University of Plymouth

8:30 Registration, networking and coffee

8:55 Welcome back

9:00 Keynote 3: Professor Virginia Murray

9:45 University of Plymouth speaker: Dr Sana Murrani

10:15 Tea and coffee

10:30 Marketplace session 2

11:15 Marketplace session 3

12:00 Lunch with poster session

13:00 Keynote 4: Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB

13:45 University of Plymouth speaker: Professor Will Blake

14:15 Tea, coffee and biscuits

14:30 Marketplace session 4

15:15 Keynote 5: Professor Dame Anne Glover

16:00 Closing remarks

16:30 End of conference

Conference fees

Standard rate: £80

The price is set at a nominal rate to encourage diverse participation.

Marketplace speakers, poster sessions and concessions: £50

Eligibility: Students from other universities, marketplace/poster presenters, over 60s, children, unemployed, disabled people and University of Plymouth alumni

University of Plymouth staff and students: Free

Eligibility: University staff and students, including those from partner institutions.

External collaborators: Free

Eligibility: Those who are currently working on or developing a research project with the University.

The Sterling Lecture: Selling Planet Earth


Travel information

For travel information to the University of Plymouth including campus maps please visit the travel page.

For hotel accommodation in Plymouth please view the Visit Plymouth accommodation page. We recommend the Jury’s Inn, Copthorne and Holiday Inn as the closest.

More information

If you require more information on the conference, please email

If you require more information on the marketplace and poster submissions, please email Kirsty Henderson