Southern Counties Materials, Mineral and Mining Society (SCMMMS) presents: Microplastics
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The fifth of the Advanced Materials Characterisation Webinar Series, this webinar will cover three different areas in microplastics:

  • Marine litter: are there solutions to this global environmental challenge? (Professor Richard Thompson OBE FRS, University of Plymouth, UK)
  • COST Action PRIORITY (Dr Stefania Federici, University of Brescia and INSTM, Italy)
  • VAMAS TWA 45: micro and nano plastics in the environment (Professor Laura Eleonora Depero, University of Brescia and INSTM, Italy).

The event will be chaired by Dr Tony Maxwell, National Physical Laboratory, UK, and will conclude with a discussion on microplastics.


Marine litter: are there solutions to this global environmental challenge?

Plastic debris is widely distributed at the sea surface, on the seabed and on shorelines. Nearly 700 species are known to encounter marine litter, with many reports of physical harm resulting from entanglement in and ingestion of plastic. At the same time, it is very clear that plastic items bring many societal benefits. Can these benefits be achieved without emissions of waste to the environment? Progress requires systemic changes in the way we produce, use and dispose of plastic. Key solutions to two major environmental problems, our non-sustainable use of fossil carbon (to produce plastics) and the accumulation waste, lie in reducing usage and recycling end-of-life plastics into new products.


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Eventbrite web page for full event details and to register your place or email southerncountiessmmms@gmail.com for any queries. SCMMS is affiliated to the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3).

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