Nano and microplastics in technical and freshwater systems

Date: 28-31 October 2018
Venue: Conference Centre Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland

The Microplastics2018 Organizing Committee welcomes you to attend the conference “Nano and microplastics in technical and freshwaters systems – Microplastics2018” that will be held from October 28 to 31, 2018 at the Conference Centre Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland, the venue of choice for Congressi Stefano Franscini, the international conference platform of ETH Zurich.

Microplastics in technical and natural systems are evident worldwide calling for an in-depth understanding of the implications of these pollutants. Leading scientists studying sources, releases, uptake and toxicity of microplastics alongside with representatives from industry and government will provide context as to how these materials are used today and how they may be regulated in the future.

The conference will be limited to a maximum of 120 participants (including invited speakers and organizers). In case of overbooking, participants with an accepted abstract will have priority.

Microplastics in freshwater environments UNESCO International Hydrological Programme/Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Date: Monday 27 August 2018 | 14.00-15.30
Venue: Stockholm, World Water Week, Room: FH 307

Microplastics in freshwater environments represent a growing concern. The presence of microplastics in freshwater have been reported in different parts of the world – even in remote areas. Yet, scientific knowledge on microplastics in freshwater is limited.

The event presents the state of knowledge, research and policies on microplastics in freshwater. Results of the UNESCO-IHP International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) assessment on microplastics in freshwater and wastewater in 16 countries around the world will be presented, along with the state-of-the-art information on their potential human health and environmental effects. The findings of this assessment, presented in the UNESCO publication Microplastics in Freshwater Environments, highlight the need to improve scientific knowledge, fill data and policy gaps, and propose policy measures to reduce the discharge of microplastics into freshwater through better wastewater and solid waste management and by promoting sustainable production and consumption. The assessment therefore offers an important step towards developing appropriate policy solutions.

Moreover, leading experts will share their research on microplastics, with focus on: occurrence in freshwater; sampling and analysis; removal during wastewater treatment, and effects on freshwater and marine aquatic biota and the food web. The event will also discuss data and policy gaps and future research priorities.

MICRO 2018

Date: 19 – 23 November 2018
Venue: Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain

Fate and Impact of Microplastics: Knowledge, Actions and Solutions

Building upon the stimulating work shared during MICRO 2016. Fate and Impact of Microplastics in Marine Ecosystems: From the Coastline to the Open Sea, we are delighted to invite the scientific community and stakeholders to participate in:

MICRO 2018 Fate and Impact of Microplastics: Knowledge, Actions and  Solutions The international conference will take place from 19 – 23 November 2018, in Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain.Main topics to be addressed include: Marine Ecosystems; Freshwater bodies; Social change and behaviour; Human health; Policy.

While the accumulation of microplastics in marine ecosystems has been reported in the literature since the 1970s, many questions remain open. MICRO 2018 provides an opportunity to share available knowledge, fill in gaps, identify new questions and research needs, and develop commitments to operationalise solutions; MICRO 2018 will be a chance to reconvene, share what we have learned, and generate momentum for the work that remains to be done.