Voyage of Discovery

Join historians, scientists and environmentalists at The Market Hall, Plymouth’s new world-class space for digital innovation and learning featuring the impressive immersive dome.

Through interactive activities, experiments, talks and demonstrations our researchers and collaborators will share their projects covering everything from history to health, the environment and robotics.


Research stands and hands-on activities

Throughout the day drop in and explore cutting-edge research with stands of activities and discussions with researchers, highlights include:

  • Meet a humanoid robot
  • How to have healthy teeth
  • Experience a digital river
  • Lab-in-a-box project
  • Low Carbon Devon
  • SuperGen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub
  • EPIC – eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
  • Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab


Film screening and discussion

Plastic Scoop


Plastic Scoop examines the relationship between the virtual ocean and terrestrial environments and ecological issues through the filter of video gaming. Created using the Rockstar Editor, it mixes images from the videogame Grand Theft Auto V with found footage and archival moving image. The video opens with the soothing atmospheres of an ocean at sunset, but the voiceover – praising the merits of nuclear weapons and plastic (“plastic… plastic… plastic…”) – soon after cracks open the beautiful scene.  Plastic Scoop examines some of the origins of consumer culture and our anxiety and fears about ocean pollution, plastic waste and global heating. It is the result of a collaboration between the Sustainable Earth Institute and Andy Hughes through the Creative Associates 2019 project.


Discussion and immersive experience 

Virtual Heritage for Health and Wellbeing

10:00-12:00 Stand with films and discussion
13:30-14:00 and 14:30-15:30 Immersive dome experience

Virtually visit Powderham Castle and a medieval longhouse in Higher Uppacott. Meet researchers Alejandro Veliz Reyes and Dan Maudlin and find out how they bring together history, health and design to produce an immersive media experience of cultural heritage sites for people often unable to visit sites physically such as older people. They share more on how this initiative contributes to the South West heritage and cultural sector while considering digitally excluded users and communities.

Voyage of Discovery includes the EU Corner that features projects in health, sustainability and the arts that have been funded by the European Union.

Event Details

Market Hall
Duke St, Devonport

Date: 25/09/2021
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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