Following the conclusion of the Project LIFE13 ENV/IT/001069 â€“ Mermaids: â€œMitigation of microplastics impact caused by textile washing processesâ€, the Organizing and Scientific Committees are pleased to invite the scientific community and stakeholders to the â€œInternational Conference on Microplastic Pollution in the Mediterranean Seaâ€ (Î¼Â MED) hosted in Capri (NA), Italy, on September 26-29th 2017.
The conference will focus on one specific and dangerous source of marine pollution: microplastics. In fact, even though plastic pollution is a well-known worldwide problem, the discovery of the presence of microplastics or even nanoplastics in seas and oceans represents an unexpected and alarming turn in this environmental challenge. Microplastics are defined as plastic fragments typically smaller than 5 mm, able to pass through wastewater treatments plants, accumulating on shorelines and eventually reaching marine ecosystems. There, such fragments remain unaltered, representing a serious risk not only for marine flora and fauna, but also for human health.
Î¼MED conference aims to share current knowledge, identify issues and propose solutions and actions to face and mitigate this environmental threat. Click here to download the leaflet.
The conference will be focused on the following topics:
- Microplastics and marine environment
- Microplastics in the Mediterranean Sea
- Sources of microplastics
- Degradation of microplastics in marine environment
- Impact of microplastics on marine life
- Microplastics: from marine pollution to human food chain
- Socioeconomic impacts of microplastics
- Mitigation of microplastic impact
- Biodegradable microplastics
- Solutions and future steps
|30th April, 2017||Abstract submission deadline|
|30th May, 2017||Notification of papers acceptance|
|30th June, 2017||Draft program|
|15th July, 2017||Early-bird registration deadline|
|26th September, 2017||Opening of the Conference|