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Jon Scowen

Public Policy Officer View website

University of Portsmouth

At the University of Portsmouth, we trace our history back to the formation of the Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and the Arts in 1869. Initially focused on the training of engineers and dock workers, we diversified after WW2 and were granted University status in 1992. We now have strengths in areas from cosmology and astrophysics to cyber security, forensics, and sport science.

Research at the University of Portsmouth tackles this century’s most important challenges. We solve society’s problems and confront major issues facing the planet through cross- disciplinary research and collaboration with industry, governments and communities in our five key thematic areas:

  • health and wellbeing
  • security and risk
  • sustainability and the environment
  • future and emerging technologies, and
  • democratic citizenship.

Our researchers are involved in areas such as exploring how social marketing can help battle India’s breast cancer crisis, revealing the secrets of the start of the Universe, opening up a new frontier in the fight against antibiotic resistance, using virtual reality to help prevent burglary and reform burglars, and reintroducing native oysters to bring new life to the Solent. In 2020 we launched Revolution Plastics – a major initiative to transform the planet’s relationship with plastic. Through local and international collaborations, we’re exploring innovative ways to build a sustainable, circular economy. At the 2021 COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, we built on this with the launch of our Global Plastics Policy Centre. Providing governments and industry with evidence on plastics pollution and plastics policy, the Centre is helping find sustainable solutions to tackle plastic pollution and reduce the negative impact of plastics.

A better world begins at the University of Portsmouth.

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