Perspectives on a better future for plastics

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Nunnery Gallery

181 Bow Road

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E3 2SJ

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Join us for an informative and frank discussion on the current state of plastics and the different possibilities for its future sustainability, in partnership with the UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub.

We will be joined by Professor Mark Miodownik, a materials engineer and Professor of Materials and Society at UCL, who will cover topics including molecular recycling, bio-derived polymers, the plastic life-cycle and our own changing behaviour towards materials.

With the opportunity to ask questions, this event is a chance to get your plastics facts straight and help join the movement of change to tackle the growing problem of plastic waste.

Mark Miodownik is a materials engineer and Professor of Materials and Society at UCL where he teaches and runs a research group. Mark received his Ph.D. in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials scientist in the USA, Ireland and the UK. For more than ten years he has championed materials research that links the arts and humanities to medicine, engineering and materials science. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making where he is Director and runs the research programme. His current research interests are animate materials, innovative manufacturing, and sensoaesthetic materials.

Mark is a broadcaster and writer on science and engineering issues, and believes passionately that to engineer is human. He has written for The Observer, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. He regularly gives popular talks on engineering and materials science to tv, radio, festival, and school audiences. He gave the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and is a regular presenter of science and engineering BBC TV programmes. He wrote the New York Times best selling book Stuff Matters.

Please note that the gallery will open from 6pm for a chance to view the exhibition, with the talk beginning at 7pm.

Raw Materials explores the forgotten industrial history of plastic in east London around the River Lea. The exhibition reveals the story of east London's central role in the invention and early development of plastics, showcasing some of the very first plastic objects alongside newly commissioned artwork which tell the story of this material’s remarkable journey. Read more about the exhibition here.

Raw Materials: Plastics has been made possible through the generous support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the project’s academic partner UCL.

Image credit: UCL Plastics Waste Hub, Ruby White

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