Research Festival: Plastics, Society and the Environment
  • Room 002, Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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The University of Plymouth has a leading international reputation for its work on plastics and microplastics, both in the environment – sources, distribution and impacts; and in their interactions with society.

Together with colleagues at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), the Marine Biological Association (MBA), and the National Marine Aquarium (NMA), Plymouth represents the strongest cluster of scientists working on plastics in the world.

This workshop will bring together colleagues across the disciplines from the University and partner organisations who work in the broad field of plastics, society and the environment. It is intended to strengthen connections, present new collaborative opportunities, identify funding streams, and work together to develop the reputation of Plymouth as the go-to centre for this area of research. 

Led by Professor Richard Thompson OBE and Dr Sabine Pahl with Dr Pennie Lindeque from PML, the event is also supported by the University's Research and Innovation team.

Timetable

9.00–9.15 Registration and arrival 

9.15–9.30 Welcome address and introduction Professor Richard Thompson OBE, Director of the Marine Institute, and Dr Sabine Pahl, Associate Professor in Psychology

9.30–10.45 Workshop

The workshop will begin with some three-minute elevator pitches, where representatives from each organisation will introduce their area of interest and expertise.

This will be followed by round-table discussions, for participants to debate and explore some key questions around the capabilities, opportunities and challenges that are shared across the Plymouth plastics research community. There will be the chance to move between multiple tables to share perspectives and ideas on a range of topics.

10.45–11.30 Feedback session

The ideas and discussions carried out during the workshop will be shared with the group for open conversation.

11.30–12.00 Closing address by Professor Richard Thompson and networking 

Who is this event for?
This event is intended for the Plymouth-based scientific community working in areas associated with plastics, society and the environment, and will be tailored to those specifically. If your work relates to plastic distribution, pollution and impacts, the interaction of plastics in society, or the wider environment impacted by plastics, then this event will be ideal for you. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.

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