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Microplastic Pollution: Everyone’s problem - but what can be done about it?...

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Plastic pollution is recognised as a serious worldwide problem in the marine environment, added to which there is mounting evidence for more insidious effects on aquatic ecosystems via freshwater sources and wastewaters. It has been shown that significant quantities of microfibres from washing synthetic fabrics end up in sewage sludge and also escape current water treatment processes. Microparticles can interfere with feeding patterns of aquatic life and expose them to plasticisers and other additives. Plastics can also preferentially sorb persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic pollutants which, if they enter the food chain, pose potential health risks to aquatic and terrestrial higher organisms, including people. This workshop will bring together researchers from marine and freshwater backgrounds to review our current understanding of the risks and knowledge gaps. There will be discussion on how best to address plastic pollution of the aquatic environment and respond to the identified evidence gaps and policy needs.

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Objectives

The event will:

  • Review the sources, distribution and impact of microplastics on marine and freshwater ecosystems.
  • Consider wider environmental risks and socioeconomic impacts associated with plastic pollution.
  • Present the current regulatory picture in U.K. and EU and identify evidence needs.
  • Highlight research progress and current activities/plans.
  • Identify and prioritise knowledge gaps and research requirements.
  • Bring stakeholders from marine and freshwater backgrounds together to discuss how to address these gaps to meet policy needs.

Who should attend?

  • Water industry personnel – operations staff and wastewater services - CIWM
  • Marine and freshwater ecologists and ecotoxicologists
  • Water engineers and consultants working for the water industry - CIWEM, UKWIR
  • Regulators and environmental agencies - Defra, EA, CEH, CEFAS, SEPA, ECHA
  • Advisory bodies - UKCSF, HSAC
  • Plastics and recycling industries, trade associations, publications
  • Consumer bodies - e.g. CHEM Trust

AGENDA

10:00 Registration and coffee (Fish Room)

Morning Session 10.30 - 13.00 (Science Room)

10:30 Welcome and information for the day
Adrian Clark, WSF Committee
Opening address -

11:00 Microplastics: a brief introduction.
Professor Richard Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology, Plymouth University.

11:30 A regulators perspective.
Dr Gemma Harper, Deputy Director for Marine Policy and Evidence, Defra.

12:00 Microplastics: Understanding sources and potential impacts in the freshwater
environment
Dr Katie J Sumner, Research Scientist (Fisheries) at the EA.

12:30 Wastewater Treatment and Microplastics - Sink, Source or Solution?
Dr Matt Hill MCIWM, Environmental Lead Advisor,
Environmental Regulation and Modelling, Yorkshire Water.

13:00 - 14:00 Buffet Lunch (Fish Room)

Afternoon Session 14:00 - 15.30 (Science Room)

14:00 RSC’s role in addressing Microplastics
Dr Camilla Alexander-White, Programme Manager Environment & Regulation, RSC.

14:10 Microplastics in freshwater systems: current and future research priorities
Dr Alice Horton, Ecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford.

14:45 Micro & macro plastics, where do we go from here?
Dr Thomas Maes, National & International Monitoring Programmes Co-ordinator,
Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft.

15:30 Open Discussion: Responding to evidence gaps: fulfilling policy needs.
Professor Richard Thompson (Moderator).

Closing remarks - outcome of Workshop
Adrian Clark, WSF Committee.

16:00 Tea/Coffee Available (Fish Room)

16:30 Close of Workshop.


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