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Plastic in the Environment – Final Conference of the BMBF Research Programme

A Digital Event


Plastic in the environment is a topic of immense significance, which has only grown in relevance since the Coronavirus pandemic.

Water pollution (oceans, rivers, lakes, ground water) and plastic/microplastics in the environment are among the top environmental concerns for many people. In 2017, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) launched 'Plastic in the Environment' as a major research initiative to address existing knowledge gaps in this area.

In this context, 20 research projects with over a hundred partners from science, industry, associations and municipalities have been investigating numerous aspects of plastic pollution, as well as possible sources, sinks and effects of plastic in the environment. The projects aim to develop and establish scientific procedures, methods, instruments and concepts for the investigation of plastic in the environment. Research results shall subsequently be employed to gain an overall picture of the environmental impacts of plastics along their chain of production from use to disposal, and to identify potential solutions and policy recommendations.

The conference will:

  • Present project results from the 20 joint projects under the 'Plastic in the Environment' umbrella;
  • Offer workshops on cross-cutting issues with presentations and stakeholder discussions;
  • Facilitate expert discussions on solutions for reducing plastic inputs in the environment, including feasibility;
  • Create opportunities for exchange with key players working on this topic.

Although the number of participants is limited, there are still a few of spots left. Please submit your registration by 14 April 2021.

On this website, you will find the agenda as well as information and registration details on the various workshops.

We very much look forward to your participation on this dynamic and important topic!

Presentation and discussion of research results from 20 projects on the issue of plastic pollution

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research focus, limnic systems, green economy, consumption, recycling, plastics, microplastics, analytics, sea, ocean

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