Conference Announcement



Day 1 Tuesday, 21 June 2016

09.00 Reception and coffee

10.00 Welcome address
Barbara Hendricks, Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany

10.20 EU activities and plans to address plastics and microplastics in the aquatic environment
Helen Clayton, EU Commission - DG Environment

10.40 Plastics in Freshwater Environments: from monitoring to management options – how can we get there?
Lilian Busse, German Environment Agency

11.00 Keynote: How concerned should we be about plastic debris in freshwater systems?
Richard Thompson, Plymouth University, United Kingdom

Session 1 Monitoring

11.30 Overview on plastics in European freshwater environments
Georg Reifferscheid, German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG)

12.00 Lunch break

13.00 Monitoring activities for plastics in rivers and lakes in Germany
Julia Schwaiger, Environment Agency Bavaria

13.20 Panel discussion on monitoring
• Myra van der Meulen, Deltares (tbc)
• Christian Laforsch, University of Bayreuth
• Bruno Tassin, University of Paris-Est
• Anne Marie Mahon, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
• Florian Faure, ETH Lausanne
• Georg Reifferscheid, BfG
Philipp Hohenblum, Richard Thompson

14.00 Coffee break

Session 2 Sources and risk characterisation

14.40 Sources of microplastics
Anja Verschoor, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands

15.00 Effects of plastics on freshwater organisms
Heather Leslie, VU University Amsterdam

15.20 Conceptual considerations on the environmental risk assessment of plastics
Karen Duis, ECT Oekotoxikologie

15.40 Monitoring of riverine litter - options and recommendations
Georg Hanke, Joint Research Centre

16.00 Discussion and summary of day 1
16.30 Poster session

Day 2 Wednesday, 22 June 2016

09.00 Keynote: Plastics and society
Anthony Andrady, North Carolina State University, USA

Sesssion 3 Management options

09.30 Monitoring and Modelling of Riverine and Marine floating macro litter (RIMMEL)
Daniel Gonzalez, European Commission - DG JRC

09.45 Citizen science for riverine monitoring
Jean-Baptiste Dussaussois, Surfrider Foundation Europe

10.05 Trashbusters H2O - crash the trash! A youth project for clean waters
Elena Lange, Youth Association for the Protection of Nature (NAJU)

10.25 Plastics as a systemic risk of socio-environmental supply systems
Carolin Völker, ISOE, Frankfurt/Main

10.45 The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics
Michiel De Smet, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

11.05 Coffee break

11.45 European overview on management options and measures in place for plastics in freshwater environments
Philipp Hohenblum, Environment Agency Austria

12.05 Regional Action Plans to combat marine litter including input from rivers
Stefanie Werner, German Environment Agency

12.25 Chances and limitations of standardisation for managing plastics in the environment
Rüdiger Baunemann, Plastics Europe

12.45 Discussion on management options

13.15 Conclusions of the conference
• Helen Clayton
• Richard Thompson
• Anthony Andrady
Moderation: Lilian Busse

14.00 End of conference

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