Microplastics 2022

Microplastics 2022

The overarching goal of this conference is to assess the impact of mismanaged plastic waste and nano- and microplastics litter on freshwater and terrestrial systems.

Start Date 06.11.2022 - 16:00
Event End 11.11.2022 - 14:00
Location Congressi Stefano Franscini (CSF)
Monte Verita, Ascona

The event will explore how synthetic polymers and plastics are currently used, how waste is managed, and how these materials will enter into and affect natural and engineered ecosystems. We will address the concerns related to the effects of increased plastics usage in terms of the sources, fluxes and accumulation of nano- and microplastics.

Key Topics

  • Synthetic polymers and microplastics: innovation vs. risks
  • Sources and fluxes
  • Developments and Challenges of Analytical and Sampling Methodologies
  • Freshwater systems
  • Terrestrial and agricultural systems
  • Plastics across ecosystem boundaries
  • Interaction with biota and humans

Confirmed invited speakers (as of 2. February, 2022)

  • Bethanie Carney Almroth, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Ulrike Braun, BAM, Germany
  • Alke Fink, University of Fribourg / Adolphe Merkle Institute, Switzerland
  • Bart Koelmans, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Bernd Nowack, Empa-Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland
  • Sabine Pahl, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Matthias C. Rillig, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
  • Chelsea Rochmann, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Claus Svendsen, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK
  • Wendel Wohlleben, BASF, Germany
  • mid-March 2022: Abstract submission opens
  • Sunday 5 June, 2022: Abstract submission deadline
  • Late June 2022: Notification of abstract acceptance and final program
  • Monday 4 July, 2022: Registration and board and lodging booking opens
  • Sunday 23 October, 2022: Registration and board and lodging booking deadline
  • Denise Mitrano, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Ralf Kaegi, Eawag, Switzerland
  • Thilo Hofmann, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Paolo Demaria, Demaria Event Management, Switzerland