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Date

Time

Duration

Tuesday 1st December

11:00 pm - 3:00 am
(PST - Nov 30)
2:00 - 5:00 am (EST)
7:00 - 10:00 am (GMT)
4:00 - 7:00 pm (KST)

3 Hours

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Overview:

Plastic pollution is a pressing environmental and public health problem, related to the large quantities of single-use plastics, its persistence in the environment, and low rates of plastic recycling and regeneration. Plastic particles in the environment are projected to increase significantly in upcoming years, and products of their degradation — micro(nano)plastics (MNPs) — are transported through atmospheric, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

During this Nature forum, plastic waste management, the fate, transport and effects of MNPs in the environment, and public policy will be discussed.

A panel discussion with the speakers will follow, to identify key research needs in plastic research and to provide potential solutions to plastic pollution in the context of the relevant United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Agenda:

4:00 - 4:05pm

Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Fabio Pulizzi

(Chief Editor, Nature Nanotechnology)

Dr. Laura Zinke

(Associate Editor, Nature Reviews Earth & Environment)

Dr. Jin-Han Ree

(Executive Vice President for Research, Korea University)

 

4:05 - 4:35pm

Microplastic Cycling in the Anthropocene

Michael S. Bank

(Senior Scientist, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway)

4:35 - 5:05pm

Microplastic in terrestrial ecosystems

Matthias C. Rillig

(Professor of Ecology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

 

5:05 - 5:15pm

Break

 

5:15 - 5:45pm

Microplastic regulations to incentivize innovation and environmental safety

Denise Mitrano

(Assistant Professor, Environmental Chemistry of Anthropogenic Materials Environmental Systems Sciences Department, ETH Zurich)

5:45 - 6:15pm

Research status on plastic pollution mitigation in Asia

Carol Sze Ki Lin

(Associate Professor, School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong)

 

6:15 - 6:55pm           

Discussion Session with speakers

Dr. Fabio Pulizzi

(Chief Editor, Nature Nanotechnology)

Dr. Laura Zinke

(Associate Editor, Nature Reviews Earth & Environment)

Dr. Yohwan Son

(Director, Asia Resilience Center, Korea University)

Prof. Yong Sik Ok

(Director, Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Sustainable Waste Management, Korea University)

6:55 - 7:00pm           

Concluding Remarks

Dr. Fabio Pulizzi

(Chief Editor, Nature Nanotechnology)

Dr. Laura Zinke

(Associate Editor, Nature Reviews Earth & Environment)

Presenters

Dr. Fabio Pulizzi

Dr. Fabio Pulizzi

Chief Editor, Nature Nanotechnology

Dr. Laura Zinke

Dr. Laura Zinke

Associate Editor, Nature Reviews Earth & Environment

Dr. Jin-Han Ree

Dr. Jin-Han Ree

Executive Vice President for Research, Korea University

Dr. Yohwan Son

Dr. Yohwan Son

Director, Asia Resilience Center, Korea University

Prof. Yong Sik Ok

Prof. Yong Sik Ok

Director, Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Sustainable Waste Management, Korea University

Carol Sze Ki Lin

Carol Sze Ki Lin

(Associate Professor, School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong)

Michael S. Bank

Michael S. Bank

(Senior Scientist, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway)

Matthias C. Rillig

Matthias C. Rillig

(Professor, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

Denise M Mitrano

Denise M Mitrano

(Assistant Professor, Environmental Chemistry of Anthropogenic Materials, ETH Zurich)

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