Summer School on Plastics in Marina and Freshwater Environments

When :

from Sunday 16 July, 2017
to Saturday 22 July, 2017

Type of event :

Working group/Expert Meeting

Where :

German Federal Institute of Hydrology, Koblenz, Germany

Contact :

Philippe Pypaert at

Among the multiple human pressures on aquatic ecosystems is plastic litter. Increasingly detected and quantified in marine and freshwater systems, there is growing concern about the potential negative effect of plastics.

The summer school will provide the state of the art in research, measures and management options of plastics in marine and freshwater environments. Thereby, the focus of the school will be to initiate an international network of scientists, politicians and other experts in this field, in order to share insights into the current (country specific) situation, discuss related challenges and enhance collaboration opportunities in the future.

The summer school will include topics such as: Awareness raising; Education and capacity development; Monitoring and management (regulations); Impact and risk assessment (societal, economic etc.); and, Plastics industry. The Summer School will brings together scientists, young professionals, experts from different governmental authorities and technicians from the water and environmental sector from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

The format of the workshop will be a combination of presentations and a World Café offering the participants and the lecturers an exchange of ideas. Participants will discuss 4 different subjects: Plastics and Society (Awareness raising Citizen science); Plastics and Science; Plastics and Policy (Management options Regulations Education); and, Plastics in the World of 2050.