Annual Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability Conference

Each year all our researchers come together to showcase the research they are doing with bite-sized presentations, Q&A sessions and poster displays. It is a great event for all cohorts at different journey points on their research to re-connect, learn, share and celebrate sustainability research.

About the event

Each year we have a selection of our industry supervisors giving a keynote lecture about sustainability in their industry and the challenges and opportunities they are facing. In addition we run four competitions during the day for:

  • Best poster
  • Best presentation
  • Best question
  • The best three minute thesis presented by the latest cohort.

2021 event

The 2021 conference included guest speakers, student panel discussions, poster displays of all the students applied research projects and a tiger teams challenge with Woking Borough Council in the afternoon.

Applied industry research

The research presented each year covers a range of industry sectors and includes collaborative research being done at:

  • IKEA
  • Carillion plc
  • Rolls Royce
  • Unilever
  • Thames Water
  • Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Keller Group
  • Costain Group
  • Surrey Nature Partnership
  • Heathrow Airport
  • Surrey University Estates - Energy and water 
These wonderful events exhibit the breadth and depth of excellent research within the programme and demonstrate the future benefits for industry.