The University of Leeds hosted its first Student Conference on Sustainable Futures 2017 on Friday 3rd February 2017.  This unique opportunity for students, at any level, from all disciplines, showcased research, projects and creativity from across the sustainability spectrum.

The aim of the conference was to shine a light on research excellence at Leeds; increasing the visibility of students’ work and roles in making Leeds University of the Year. The conference theme – ‘Sustainable Perspectives on Future Challenges’ – aimed to inspire students from a wide range of disciplines; from social and natural sciences, and the arts, to languages and humanities, whose work considers some aspect of sustainability.

The conference accommodated a variety of presentation formats for students to communicate their projects. Oral presentations took place in morning and afternoon sessions, along with a poster exhibition on display in Parkinson Court throughout the day. During the conference, all attendees had the opportunity to collaborate, exchange ideas, and gain valuable experience in thinking critically and innovatively.

what are the sustainability challenges?

Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A) at Marks and Spencer, gives an inspiring introduction to presenters and delegates about the key sustainability challenges we face in society and how you can address these as leaders of the future.