Would you ever eat an insect? What can a talking deckchair teach us about climate change? How can we flood- and future-proof our cities? These are some of the questions being answered at the Sustainability Showcase.

We are taking over the entire six floors of the Theatre Royal Concert Hall foyer space and filling it with research from across the university which responds to the theme of ‘Sustainability’ in creative and innovative ways. The interactive displays and installations show the wide range of work happening at our university to address sustainability and climate change. Experience cutting-edge research on materials, greenhouse gases and landscape protection measures, educational equipment such as talking deckchairs and boardgames, and think about what you can do to help protect our planet through even the most local actions, such as what plants can you grow at home.

Wild Isles in concert

Following the Showcase, experience highlights from the hit BBC series Wild Isles on the big screen with live orchestral music from the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by composer George Fenton.

Book Wild Isles concert tickets

Date: Wednesday 20 March

Time: 6.30pm onwards

Place: Theatre Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5ND Directions

Cost: The Showcase is free. Charge for the concert.



Showcase displays and installations

Sustainable Chemistry - Atoms, Energy and Impact

Explore ways in which Nottingham can convert to renewable energy sources and sustainable materials.

Sustainable Chemistry partnership
Heatwave Impact on Climate Change Perceptions in the UK

Why are heatwaves significant?

Alexa Spence's research
Hydrogen Refuelling Aircraft: Experience the Future of Sustainable Air Travel

Hydrogen fuel could be a fuel of the future. This ‘rocket fuel’ is now considered the most viable fuel to power large aircraft for zero-emissions flight. But what does hydrogen-powered flight feel like?

Zero Carbon cluster
Digital Bela: architectural heritage under a new light’

How can we use 3D Laser scanning data to protect heritage sites across the world?

Bernadette Devilat's research
Landscapes: then and now

The maps of this project prompt us to think about how we imagine wild places – and how mapmakers capture such ideas.

Digital archives and recombinant historical geographies article- Jake Hodder, David Beckingham, 2022
Blue-Greening cities to manage flood risk

Extreme rainfall and flooding are becoming more regular events. What can we do about flood risk in our cities?

Blue-greening cities research article
Projection Augmented Relief Model (PARM)

A landscape can be viewed from many different perspectives. This display offers a way to explore many different overlapping geographies to help develop a richer understanding of a place.

PARM article
Interactive Street Furniture

Can interactive street furniture explore attitudes to climate change and sustainability? People are able to interact with the objects by scanning a QR code or texting the number shown to engage in a friendly two-way conversation.

Professor Helen Kennedy's profile
Evaluating the use of Virtual and Immersive Production (VIP) for climate storytelling and engaging audiences with questions of sustainability

This project sets out to investigate the impact of VR technology as a medium for telling sustainability and climate change related stories

Virtual and Immersive Production Studio
Sustainability in Healthcare: Let's Go Green

Inayah is a third year Medical student showcasing her research in sustainability in healthcare. Her research involved assessing the carbon footprint of cataract surgeries at two hospitals in Nottingham and identifying ways to make these procedures more sustainable.

No online information! Find out more at the Showcase
A Climate Change Adventure

How can we engage 7-13 year olds in pro-environmental behaviours? This interactive book provides readers with realistic, context-dependent choices to carryout actions that have a beneficial impact on the environment.

Gamebooks for Environmental Education
A vision for the future: what could an "edible campus" look like?

Aims to connect our community through building relationships with food and nature.

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Pollution to products

Can harmful greenhouse gases be converted into useful products that our society is reliant on?

Synthetic Biology Research Centre
Agricultural insects - the good, the bad, and the misunderstood

Hoverflies are a mimic, meaning that they resemble wasps or bees in order to gain protection from predators. However, humans can tell that hoverflies are not a wasp or a bee. So can predators in the wild also tell that they aren’t a wasp or a bee?

Lucy Baker's research
What’s for tea? Explore insects as food

Most consumers are not aware that edible insects can be used as a human food, but what if our perceptions of food, taste, and environmental sustainability change?

Margaret Thibodeau's profile
Rewilding Education: teaching and learning for a green future at University of Nottingham

This piece of work seeks to accelerate individuals’ readiness and nurture their ambition to tackle socio-ecological challenges through workshops and participatory sessions.

Sustainability team people listings
Can pharmaceutical prescriptions be made eco-directed and sustainable?

The key takeaway message from this work will include the environmental impact of usual healthcare practice, and a need of a shift towards sustainable prescribing.

Naoko Arakawa's profile
When The Future Comes

An interactive artwork acting as a witness to environmental and climate changes.

When The Future Comes website
Playing games with our future; the repairability of smart products

The project is looking to reduce the excessive e-waste levels generated by IoT (smart products) due to their low levels of repairability and access this through a board game.

Fixing the Future website
Swat or not? 3D printed insects, mimicry and biodiversity

Explore a display of life-size and super-large 3D printed insects representing wasps, mimetic hoverflies and non-mimetic flies. The challenge is to identify which species might sting you, and which might be safe to eat (if you are a bird).

Tom Reader's website
Carbon Footprints in the Kitchen

What choices can we make in our own kitchens to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions connected with the ingredients we use everyday?

No online information. Find out more at the Showcase