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Welcome to March's issue of Down to Earth, the monthly partner e-bulletin from the Sustainable Earth Institute. 

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BLOGS
COMBINING ART AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Jena Richeldis Parkin who is studying BA (Hons) Fine Art at Plymouth University and is also our Student Artist in Residence, recently met with Sandra Masterson, an artist with an interest in art and the environment.
Read about Sandra and her work in the blog
TRAMPLING OVER THE FUTURE
Dr Victoria Hurth, Associate Professor in Marketing at Plymouth University has written a blog about her thoughts on the VW scandal, compared with the Libor scandal.
Read the blog here
NEWS
GOVERNMENT ADVISER TO OUTLINE VISION OF GARDEN VILLAGES TO SOLVE HOUSING SHORTAGE
A vision designed to address the UK’s housing shortage by building dozens of new ‘Garden Villages’ will be outlined during an event at Plymouth University on 10 March 2016.

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor, the former MP for Truro and St Austell, will speak about his report calling for the development of small garden communities of around 5,000 inhabitants.

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BREEAM EXCELLENT BUILDING SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL 'INSPIRING' AWARD
Plymouth University's teaching and research centre, Marine Station, has been shortlisted as one of the most inspirational buildings in higher education by The Guardian newspaper. 

Marine Station has been certified BREEAM Excellent, (the world's leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings), with a Combined Heat and Power system, natural ventilation and solar panels on the roof – in keeping with the University’s reputation for sustainability.
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BOOK: THE ELEMENTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION
Written by Dr John Rieuwerts, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Environmental Science, Plymouth University
Environmental pollution is one of humanity’s most pressing issues and will remain so for the foreseeable future. The book, The Elements of Environmental Pollution provides comprehensive coverage of this essential subject. It explains the key principles of pollution science, assesses human disturbances of natural element cycles and describes local and global pollution impacts, from smoggy cities, polluted lakes and toxic soils to climate change, ocean acidification and marine dead zones.
Find out more
RESEARCH DEMONSTRATES EVOLUTIONARY ALGORITHM COULD BE USED TO PREDICT OIL PRICE RISES
Future fluctuations in oil prices could be forecast using a combination of previous statistics and complex computer algorithms, according to new research.

Academics from the Gulf University for Science and Technology and Plymouth University used a range of programmed models to accurately predict previous rises and falls in the commodity’s value over a period from January 1986 to June 2012.
Read more
SUSTAINABILITY AND ART
FEATURED ARTISTS 
By Jena Richeldis Parkin
Jena is studying Fine Art at Plymouth University and is the Sustainable Earth Institute's student Artist in Residence


This month's highlighted artists include:

Olafur Eliasson lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin, he is interested in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. In 2003 he exhibited ‘The Weather Project’ in Tate Modern’s turbine hall and in 2014 he brought melting icebergs; ‘Ice Watch’, from Greenland to Copenhagen and again in 2015 to Paris to mark the COP21 Climate Conference. In 2012 Eliasson co-founded ‘Little Sun’ with engineer Frederick Ottesen, this global project is a social business which provides clean, affordable light to communities who lack access to electricity, the work encourages sustainable development and raises global awareness of the need for equal access to energy and light. 
Find out more on Olafur's website, the Ice Watch Paris website and the Little Sun website
 
Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey have been exhibiting work for 25 years with an interest in sculpture, photography, architecture, ecology and biology. Their work often reflects environmental and scientific concerns, they are acclaimed for large-scale interventions in sites of architectural interest, acknowledging political ecologies by highlighting the temporal nature of processes of growth and decay in urban space. They have received many awards for their photographic work utilising the pigment chlorophyll in making complex bio-chemical photographs and interaction with scientists is often key to their practice. In 2007 they created ‘Flytower’, on the National Theatre’s Lyttleton flytower, here they grew seedling grass directly onto the exterior of the building to create a living artwork of massive proportions.
Find out more
PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY EVENTS
WILL GARDEN VILLAGES SOLVE THE HOUSING CRISIS?
Thursday 10 March 2016, doors open 5.45pm, talk starts 6.00pm
Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University
Booking essential

In this lecture Lord Taylor will outline this vision, and show how such a garden village in each rural local authority area in England would create around a million extra homes across the country ­all with the space and gardens, infrastructure, services and employment that people want, without destroying the places we already know and love.
CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN EARTH SCIENCES SEMINARS
  • 16 March: Landslides (Dave Petley, University of East Anglia)
  • 23 March: Ecology of whale falls (Nick Higgs, Marine Institute, Plymouth University)
  • 27 April: Deformation of mafic lower crust (Giulia Degli Alessandrini, Plymouth University)
  • 4 May: Something ate my fossil - from anecdote to testing hypotheses (Liz Harper, University of Cambridge)
More information can be found on the website
SCIENCE IN THE NEWS EXPLAINED
Thursday 17 March 2016, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

‘Science in the News Explained’ aims to bring together members of academia and members of the public from all age groups and backgrounds, to understand and discuss the science behind the headlines.
Find out more
SOIL CULTURE: DEEP ROOTS
Exhibition open until 19 March 2016
Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

Exhibition presenting the work of six of the most established international artists who have engaged with soil.

Click here for more information
PHOTOGRAPHY, TIME AND PLACE
Wednesday 23 March 2016, 6.00-7.30pm
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, North Hill, Plymouth
 
This lecture by Professor Liz Wells is part of the 'Remember This?' public lecture series from The Arts Institute with Plymouth University.
 
Liz will reflect on images and on photography as a means of investigating histories of place. Focusing on rural areas, this talk includes reference to recent photographic projects in the South West.
Booking essential
LIGHTING MORE PSYCHOLOGY AND ART THAN SCIENCE?
Tuesday 19 April 2016, 11.00am - 1.00pm
Room 202, Smeaton Building, Plymouth University

Henrik Clausen, Director of Fagerhult’s Lighting Academy in Copenhagen is returning to present a further lecture on how lighting affects many aspects of our lives from the psychology of lighting to our emotional well being.

Find out more by viewing the PDF poster
A REJUVENATION FOR FIRST BUS SERVICES IN THE SOUTH WEST
Speaker: Alex Carter CMILT, Managing Director, First South West
Tuesday 19 April 2016, 6.15 - 8.00pm
Room 402, Babbage Building, Plymouth University

The South West is a challenging region for bus operations, with pockets of intensive urban areas, often separated by sparse countryside. The holiday season brings extra custom in the form of holidaymakers, but accompanied by extra traffic congestion, which can affect reliability.

Alex will describe his philosophy, his achievements and share his plans for the future. This promises to be a lively and rare opportunity to hear from an experienced bus manager at the threshold of a new era for services in the West Country.
More information
SAVE THE DATE: SUSTAINABLE EARTH 2016 - A GLOBAL FORUM FOR CONNECTING RESEARCH WITH ACTION
23 and 24 June 2016, Plymouth University

Sustainable Earth 2016 is an event for researchers, businesses, community groups and individuals to come together for two days of inspirational speakers, networking opportunities and creative workshops designed to spark and encourage collaborations for a sustainable Earth.

Keynote speakers
  • Professor Judith Petts (Vice-Chancellor, Plymouth University)
  • Sir Mark Walport (UK Government Chief Scientist)
  • Wendy Darke (BBC Natural History Unit)
  • Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth)
  • John Curtin (Environment Agency)
  • Professor Vala Ragnasdottir (University of Iceland)
Booking details for the event will be available in April, along with an announcement of the full programme.
Visit the Sustainable Earth Institute website for more information
OTHER EVENTS
UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE CHANGE: AN EVENING CLASS WITH JAMES RANDERSON
Monday 14 March 2016, 6.30pm-8.30pm
The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
 
It’s the most pressing issue of our time, but many of us feel we don’t fully understand climate change. This evening masterclass covers the key issues in the climate debate and demystifies the science behind it – from the meaning of ‘the greenhouse effect’ to the environmental benefits of renewable energy systems such as solar power.
 
Cost: £39. More information can be found on the website
SMART CITIES: SHAPING THE FUTURE
Tuesday 15 March 2016, 8.30am - 4.30pm
Manchester Conference Centre
Click here to find out more

Benefit from hands-on experience of new technologies with the opportunity to explore the smartest way towards the urban revolution through unique interactive sessions.
TERRAIN: LAND INTO ART
19 March 2016 - 3 July 2016
Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset
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‘Terrain’ brings together the work of eighteen artists that make artwork in response to the natural world. Entitled ‘Terrain: Land into Art’ the show features a series of works from modernism to the present day. Artists featured include Gary Hume, Peter Doig, Kathy Prendergast, Richard Long, Hamish Fulton, Anya Gallaccio and Simon Faithfull alongside recent works by John Stezaker, Raphael Hefti and Tim Knowles.
CULTURES AND PRACTICES OF BELONGING: SUSTAINABILITY ACROSS DISCIPLINES
Monday 21 March 2016, 9.00am - 4.30pm
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

A  one  day symposium  bridging the  arts, science, humanities, NGOs, and  policy- making. Belonging has the potential to bring together different methodologies to think creatively about themes such as common ownership, ecology, identity, and community, in a future-oriented yet grounded manner.
Click here to find out more
JONNY AND THE BAPTISTS: THE END IS NIGH
Tuesday 29 March-Saturday 2 April
The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

A new show with songs and music about family, friendship and environmental disaster from the five-time award nominated musical comedy stars of Radio 4’s The Now Show, following their acclaimed national tours with Stop UKIP and Rock The Vote.
Tickets and more information
SOMERSET: ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Wednesday 6 April 2016, 7:00pm
The McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater College
 
The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (the RSA) and Bridgwater College are delighted to welcome Lord Krebs, Chair of the Climate Change Adaptation Sub-committee, and Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, to The McMillan Theatre for an evening entitled Somerset: Adapting to Climate Change.
Booking essential – click here to find out more
WHATEVER THE WEATHER
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter
Exhibition now until Sunday 10 April 2016
Find out more

RAMM’s major winter exhibition explores a theme which affects all our lives: the weather. Or more accurately, how weather seems to be constantly changeable, occasionally extreme and always unpredictable. Through a lively mix of historical paintings and prints, artefacts, archives and the work of contemporary artists, the exhibition exposes humanity’s relationship to the elements.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM 2016
Friday 15 April 2016, University of Southampton
 
The University of Southampton will be hosting the UK’s First International Student Sustainability Research Symposium. This event will be exhibiting excellence in undergraduate research across the UK, allowing students to present their work in an academic symposium environment.
 
Students from any University are welcome to take part. Find out more on the event website.
LAND - AN INSULATION BY ANTONY GORMLEY
Available to view until Sunday 15 May 2016
Kimmeridge Bay, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5PF
Find out more


Unveiled at a special celebratory event in early May 2015, the LAND installation at Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset is freely available to view until May 2016.
SUSTAINABILITY COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE
Wednesday 25 May 2016, Inmarsat Conference Centre, London
Find out more


The 4th annual edie Sustainability Communications Conference is an essential one-day event for forward-thinking individuals looking for inspiration and practical guidance to enhance their brands and deliver more effective internal and external communications strategies.
LANGUAGE, LANDSCAPE AND THE SUBLIME: a multidisciplinary symposium exploring the aesthetics, philosophy and poetics of landscape
29 - 30 June 2016
Dartington Hall & Sharpham House, Devon
Find out more

This two-day symposium draws together artists and thinkers from a wide range of disciplines to explore ways in which landscape - and the ways we represent it - connects deeply to our lives and underpins our relationship to the world. 
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