The problem with plastics by Liz Bonnin
  • Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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The Marine Institute is delighted to welcome Liz Bonnin to the University for the first time.

The plastic crisis has captured the attention of the global public, turning the spotlight onto the way we use and dispose of plastic and its effect on our world, particularly for our oceans and the creatures who inhabit them.

While public perception of marine plastic pollution has begun to shift dramatically, there is still much to be done to understand the true impact it has and change how society lives with plastic responsibly.

In this insightful lecture, popular TV broadcaster and presenter Liz Bonnin reveals the full scale of the problem across our oceans. She draws from her environmental experience and academic expertise to pose the hard-hitting questions on the consequences of plastic pollution, exploring how science can offer the solutions to one of the biggest environmental disasters of our time.


All are welcome to attend this free public lecture. We anticipate this to be a popular event, and so recommend reserving your space in advance to guarantee a seat.

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About Liz Bonnin

Liz Bonnin has presented over 40 primetime TV programmes that have taken her all over the globe, investigating the natural world and the research carried out to better understand it. Her work has included travelling to submarine depths in the Galapagos, tracking tigers in Russia, studying elephant herds in Botswana, capturing live the behaviour of marine mammals, and delving into the impact plastic has on the marine food web.

Liz’s interest in science and the natural world began as a child, culminating in a masters in wild animal biology after a degree in biochemistry. Her TV career launched as an entertainment presenter before returning to science, marrying her passion for the natural world with creative storytelling to join the ranks as one of the UK’s most popular science presenters.

International Marine Litter Research Unit 

Marine litter is a global environmental problem with items of debris now contaminating habitats from the poles to the equator, from the sea surface to the deep sea. 

The International Marine Litter Research Unit has a mission to further our understanding of the impacts of litter on the environment and society, to identify the solutions and the pathways necessary to achieve them.

Marine Institute 

The University’s Marine Institute is the first and largest such institute in the UK. 

We provide the external portal to our extensive pool of world-leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities, enabling us to understand the relationship between the way we live, the seas that surround us and the development of sustainable policy solutions. 

We are integrating our multidisciplinary expertise in marine and maritime research, education and innovation to train new scientists, engineers, policy-makers, artists, technicians and business managers of the future. 

Find out more about the institute and our research, education and facilities

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