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

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Pollution of the aquatic environment by plastic waste, and the environmental and ecological consequences, is an extremely hot topic at the moment, both from a research focus and public concern. Microplastics in particular are demanding of serious attention, based on evidence that they are ingested by aquatic organisms. While focus has initially been on marine pollution by plastics, increasing attention is now also being given to pollution of freshwaters, which makes this an issue of wider concern. There are moves by manufacturers to remove microplastics from personal care products, but the more significant quantities result from abrasion of larger pieces of polymer. This includes microfibres generated during the domestic laundering of manmade (notably acrylic) fabrics. There is also concern that microplastics are capable of concentrating persistent organic pollutants, thereby enhancing their toxicity to aquatic species, with possible implications for human health (although there is a dearth of published research in this area). The workshop will bring together experts from marine and freshwater backgrounds to share the latest information and 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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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

For further information please visit RSC Conference and Events website: http://www.rsc.org/events?MemberNetwork=73&PageTitle=73


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 - Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment and Rural Life, Defra

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

11:30 Microplastics: Understanding sources and potential impacts in the freshwater environment
Dr Katie J Whitlock, Research Scientist (Fisheries) at the EA.

12:00 Wastewater Treatment and Microplastics - Sink, Source or Solution?
Dr Matt Hill MCIWM, Environmental Lead Advisor,
Environmental Regulation and Modelling, Yorkshire Water.

12:30 Microplastics in freshwater systems: current and future research priorities
Dr Alice Horton, Ecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford.

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.

14:40 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.

15.10 The human dimension: how social and behavioural research can help address plastics in the environment Dr Sabine Pahl, School of Psychology, Plymouth University.

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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