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What are Microplastics – and why you should care!

Updated: Mar 24, 2022

The industrial miracle of plastics dawned in the mid 20th century. Plastics helped to solve many problems for us. However, in recent years, we read, saw and experienced about many issues related to plastics pollution in the media and elsewhere. And now a proposed draft is in preparation by the United Nations for a Treaty on Plastic Pollution by 2024; one contributing pollutant is Microplastics.

We all know that even long after a plastic articles’ initial functional purpose is finished, there can be quite a persistent pollution presence in the environment on land, in the sea and air.

Join us in this upcoming discovery series with experts and reap the benefits of enhancing your knowledge and learn about the many opportunities for technology to solve.

Episode 1 What are Microplastics – and why we should care!

Episode 2 What are the causes of Microplastics.

Episode 3 What are the solutions to Microplastics pollution.

All plastics professionals should stay informed and up-to-date on this critical subject.


Date/Time: Tuesday, 5th April 2022, 6:00 pm to 9:10 pm

Venue: Zoom



6:00 pm to 6:05 pm

Welcome and Introduction

Yvonne Mah, Event Coordinator, SPE: A-NZ Section

6:05 pm to 6:35 pm

Microplastics – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Dr Florian Graichen, Scion, New Zealand

6:35 pm to 7:05 pm

Microplastics – micro-organisms’ interaction

Dr Thava Palanisami, University of Newcastle

7:05 pm to 7:35 pm

How to determine the risk of Microplastics

Dr Thijs Bosker, Associate Professor Environmental Sciences (CML),

Leiden University College, The Netherlands

7:35 pm to 8:05 pm

Microplastics and Indoor Environments

Professor Mark Taylor, Chief Environmental Scientist, EPA Victoria

Neda Sharifi Soltani, Macquarie University, NSW

8:05 pm to 8:35 pm

Understanding and managing microplastic pollution

Dr Mark Brown, University of New South Wales

8:35 pm to 9:00 pm

Q & A Panel with the presenters – and discussion

Moderated by Yvonne Mah, Program Chair, SPE: A-NZ Section

9:00 pm to 9:10 pm

SPE announcements and close

Yvonne Mah, Program Chair, SPE: A-NZ Section

For more information contact Neil Whelan by email:

or Mobile +61 499 700 911.

Cancellation policy: No refunds within seven days of the event. The seminar organisers retain the right to change the program without notice.

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