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Student Sustainability Research Conference 2024

This year's Student Sustainability Research Conference took place on Wednesday 6 March 2024 in Parkinson Court at the University of Leeds.

The Student Sustainability Research Conference 2024 offered students across all levels and disciplines from the twelve member institutions of Yorkshire Universities the opportunity to be inspired, share their sustainability-related research and learn from their student peers from across the region in a professional conference setting. A poster and design exhibition in Parkinson Court was open to all, with ticket holders also able to attend a range of workshops, presentations and talks throughout the day.


As part of the University of Leeds Climate Plan we actively reduced and tracked all carbon emissions associated with the conference including energy, catering and transport. The emissions associated with the event were balanced using academically verified offsetting projects to deliver carbon neutrality. 

SSRC24 themes 

Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability, the conference addressed all aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and welcomed research that covered any of these six themes:

  • Climate Resilience and Adaptation
  • Net Zero Carbon
  • Justice, Equality, and Inclusivity
  • Protection of Nature and Biodiversity
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Innovation, Industry and Infrastructure 

These themes build on the Yorkshire and Humberside Climate Commission’s Climate Action Plan. Regional collaboration is vital to the YHCC Climate Action Plan (PDF), and core to the Supporting a Net Zero City commitments of the University of Leeds Climate Plan. 

You can find out more about the research presented on the day in the Conference Programme, and watch some of the presentations on YouTube.

London Student Sustainability Research Conference

As a new addition to the SSRC24, we partnered with the London Sustainability Research Conference, delivered by City University of London, to exchange three student presenters who have been given the opportunity to present at both conferences.  

A huge congratulations to Beckie Lait (University of York), Blessing Mucherera (University of Hull) and Kate Morris (University of Leeds) for their outstanding presentations at Imperial College London earlier in the month.

We also welcomed Devika Prakesh (King’s College London), Pauline de Bigault de Cazanove (The London School of Economics and Political Science) and Safia Irfan, Soumya Sharma and Mehseen Ullah (University of Westminster) to Yorkshire!

You can find more about their research in the Conference Programme.

SDG logo made up of a wheel with 17 different colours.We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. The Student Sustainability Research Conference is linked to all of the SDGs.

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.