Preliminary programme

23 November 2015: Sources & Impacts 

11:00

12:00

Welcome Reception, Registration and Exhibition

Conference Opening

12:00

Michael Carus
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Welcome address

Sources for Microplastic Particles

Chairman: Ramani Narayan, Michigan State University (US)

12:10

Prof. Richard Thompson
University of Plymouth (UK)

Accumulation and fate of marine litter in the oceans, sediments and sea ice

12:40


Raffaela Mossotti
National Research Council (IT)

 

Alessio Montarsolo
National Research Council (IT)

Mitigation of microplastics release caused by textile washing processes 

13:00

Gudlaugur Sverrisson
Icelandic Recycling Fund (IS)

Icelandic approach to take back of discarded fishing nets

13:20

Roland Essel
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Sources of microplastics relevant to marine protection in Germany

13:40

Peter Sundt
Mepex Consult AS (NO)

 

Sources for microplastic pollution to the marine envrionment based on a study for the Norwegian EPA in 2014

14:00

Dr. Carsten Lassen
COWI A/S (DK)

Relevant sources for microplastic particles - A Danish perspective on marine protection

14:20

Simon Hann
Eunomia Research & Consulting (UK)

Scale of microplastic emissions in Europe - Insighths of a study for the European Commission

14:40

Coffee Break

Impacts of Microplastics on Ecosystems and Biota

Chairwoman: Stefanie Werner, Federal Environment Agency (DE)

15:40

Prof. Dr. Stephan Pflugmacher-Lima
TU Berlin (DE)

Impacts of microplastic on plants and mussels in aquatic ecosystems

16:00

Prof. Christian Laforsch
University of Bayreuth (DE)
 

Impacts of microplastics in freshwater ecosystems

16:20

Emma Watkins
Institute for European Environmental Policy (UK)

Socio-economic implications of the microplastic problem - results of a study for UNEP

16:40

Dr. Miriam Weber
HYDRA Institute for Marine Sciences AG, (DE) and HYDRA Field Station, Centro Marino Elba (IT)

Marine littering and marine biodegradation of (bio-)plastics - evidence from the field

17:00

Coffee Break

Impulses for Discussion

Chairman: Roland Essel, nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

17:30

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Bonten
University of Stuttgart (DE)

The degradation of plastics - from material of unlimited opportunities to contaminants in the environment

18:00

Maria Westerbos
Plastic Soup Foundation (NL)

Jeroen Dagevos
Plastic Soup Foundation (NL)

Beat the microbead - International Campaigning against microplastics in personal care products

18:30

Plenum Discussion with Speakers of the 1st Day

20:00

Gala Dinner Buffet

 

24 November 2015: Solutions

09:00

Start of the 2nd Conference Day

Solutions from Politics, Industry and the Public

Chairman: Prof. Richard Thompson, University of Plymouth (UK)

9:00

Stefanie Werner
Federal Environment Agency (DE)

Strategies to combat marine litter – from theory to action

9:20

Dr. Ingo Sartorius
PlasticsEurope (DE)

Marine litter solutions: raw material producers‘ perspective

9:40

Nadja Ziebarth
BUND - Friends of the Earth e.V. (DE)

Consumers choice: A crucial point to prevent microplastic emissions

10:00

Julia Reisser
The Ocean Cleanup (NL)

Plastic Pollution in the North Pacific accumulation zone

10:20

Coffee Break

Special Focus: Applications, Biodegradability and Labeling of Biodegradable and Bio-based Plastics

Chairwoman: Emma  Watkins, Institute for European Environmental Policy (UK)

11:00

Jan Ravenstijn
Jan Ravenstijn Consulting (NL)

To bio-base or biodegrade.... that's the question!

11:20

Bruno de Wilde
OWS N.V. (BE)

Degradation of bio-based Plastics in different Environments

11:40

Petra Michiels
OK compost Vinçotte (BE)

Labeling of Marine Biodegradation

12:00

 

Prof. Dr. Ramani Narayan
Michigan State University

Biodegradability and role of biodegradable plastics in reducing impact on the ocean environment – A new thought process and solution for microplastics and microbeads

12:20

Lunch Break & Press Conference

Substitution of conventional Plastics with Bio-based and Biodegradable Plastics and other Materials

Chairman: Jan Ravenstijn, Jan Ravenstijn Consulting (NL)

13:20

Michael Carus
nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

Top 10 Applications for biodegradable Plastics

13:40

Dr. Asmuwahyu Saptorahardjo
PT Inter Aneka Lestari Kimia (ID)

Cassava Starch-based Bioplastic, a potential solution for the Microplastic problem

14:00

Tijana Duric
BASF SE (DE)

Ecological Benefits of Biodegradable Mulch Film

14:20

Arjan Klapwijk
Bio4Life BV (NL)

Self-adhesive compostable Fruit Labels from renewable Resources

14:40

Patrick Zimmermann
FKuR Kunststoff GmbH (DE)

Biodegradable tree shelters

15:00

Coffee Break

Chairman: Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH (DE)

15:40

Dr. Martin Häubl
Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft (AT)

Cellulosic materials: Biodegradability, and products to provide solutions for microplastics pollution

16:00

Dr. Molly Morse
Mango Materials Inc. (US)

The current Status of Microbeads and PHA: Legislation, Biodegradability and Material Selection

16:20

Tanja Budde
Omya International AG (CH)

Marble-based scrubbing particles – a natural alternative to polyethylene beads in personal care

16:40

William C. Bardosh
TerraVerdae BioWorks (CA)

Sustainable solutions and products as alternatives to microbeads and synthetic plastics

17:00

Plenum Discussion with Speakers of the 2nd Day

18:00

End of the Conference