Wednesday 22-05 03:30

MICROPLASTICS IN THE ENVIRONMENT, THE GREAT UNKNOWN

Auditorium

Moderator

Ms.
María Plaza Arroyo
María Plaza is a chemical researcher with more tha...
Chemical Res...
CEDEX – Ce...
PhD.
Marisa Fernández Cañamero
PhD in Chemical Sciences, Marisa Fernández was in ...
Head of Depa...
Centro Tec...

Speakers

PhD.
Soledad Muniategui-Lorenzo
Soledad Muniategui Lorenzo, PhD in Pharmacy from t...
Full Profess...
UNIVERSITY...
PhD.
Marisa Ribeiro de Almeida
Marisa Almeida is a senior researcher at CIIMAR wi...
Team Leader
CIIMAR
PhD.
Ethel Eljarrat Esebag
PhD in Chemical Sciences by the University of Barc...
Director
IDAEA/CSIC
Ms.
María Plaza Arroyo
María Plaza is a chemical researcher with more tha...
Chemical Res...
CEDEX – Ce...
PhD.
Roberto Rosal
Prof. Roberto Rosal holds a PhD in Chemical Engine...
Professor of...
University...

Description

Primary and secondary microplastics have become the focus of global concern due to their pervasive nature and omnipresence in different environmental compartments and human bodies. Despite significant policy and research efforts made in the last few years, there is still an urgent need to standardise methodologies and have harmonised guidelines to sample, quantify, and report microplastics in different matrices (water, sediment, biota) so that comparisons can be made and actions and measures can take place. Moreover, major knowledge gaps in the scientific understanding of their risks and impacts still remain, calling for additional research to enhance the knowledge on potential health impacts and establish proper measures.

This session aims to exchange knowledge related to the presence of microplastics in the environment. To this end, a series of presentations will be made related to the impact that can generate; the progress that has been made so far in monitoring and sampling; the main identification and analysis techniques being used; the need to harmonize methodologies and the main knowledge gaps in the field.

These presentations will lay the groundwork for a participatory debate to share lessons learned and identify the main challenges and needs, as well as the potential for improvement.

Programme

15:00-16.00. Brief introduction by the Chair and presentations (titles to be agreed/confirmed)

  • Impact of Microplastics. Ethel Eljarrat
  • Microplastic sources and monitoring in Spain: lessons learned. Maria Plaza. CEDEX
  • Toward harmonized guidance for sampling, processing and quantification of MP in different matrices. Marisa Almeida. CIIMAR
  • Last advances in analytical techniques for polymer identification. Soledad Muniategui, UDC
  • Bridging the knowledge gaps in microplastics pollution. Roberto Rosal. EnviroPlanet

 16.00-16.30. Round table with speakers and audience participation

 Through an organized debate with the participation of the speakers and the audience, pre-defined questions will be raised regarding gaps, needs and potential improvements.