Mapping Portsmouth’s Plastics Launch

Mapping Portsmouths Plastics Launch

  • 23 October 2021
  • 11:00 - 16:30
  • Institute of Marine Science, University of Portsmouth, Ferry Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4 9LY
  • FREE
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Mapping Portsmouth’s Plastics Launch

Join the world's first city wide plastic survey.

Plastic pollution affects all of our lives but tackling the problem is complex. There is almost no reliable data about where it is found in cities or why it ends up in these places. This makes it impossible to effectively reduce plastic pollution.

Please join us for the launch of the MAPP project, the world's first city wide plastic survey. The University has teamed up with Jetsam Tech Ltd and is looking for members of our community to help us map plastic pollution in the city using the Jetsam app. We will be running 5 city wide plastic surveys over the coming months starting on 12th and 13th November.

Join us at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Eastney to learn about this exciting project and why we need your help. You will also have the opportunity to witness the research into plastic pollution being done by the University of Portsmouth. There will be demonstrations, tours, talks and a chance to meet the team and our partners.


  • Introductory talk - Hear about the MAPP project and the team delivering it
  • Join a tour of the IMS facilities including the outdoor research tanks, indoor research tanks, research lab and a rooftop view of Langstone Harbour (weather permitting)
  • Participate in a practical demonstration, sampling water from Langstone harbour see evidence of microplastic pollution under the microscope.
  • Join two short “lightning talks'' with University researchers

Talk 1) Keiron Roberts will explain how plastic litter affects our lives, discussing the findings of a recent plastic use survey in Portsmouth and the impact of facemask littering.

Talk 2) Jo Preston will explain the impacts of microplastics, discussing her recent work in the south of England researching impacts of microplastics on the food chain and public health.

  • Talk to our researchers and partners. See examples of microplastics in fish, an demonstration of oyster filter-feeding, and hear about the exciting work being conducted locally
  • Join Jetsam’s outdoor activities where you will be able to try out newly introduced features to the Jetsam App which support the MAPP Project and survey the Eastney point area.

Further Details

We will be running 2 sessions on the day. Please choose which session you would like to attend when registering for the event.

Morning Session - 11am until 1.30pm

Afternoon Session - 1.30pm until 16.30pm

You will be free to participate in as many activities as you would like in your session but please note that we are strictly limited to 20 people per tour. The tour will run twice per session.

You will be free to participate in the Jetsam outdoor activities all day

The Jetsam app is available to download on IOS and Android from your usual app store. Please download and register on the app before attending the event if you would like to participate in the Jetsam activities.

Date: Saturday 23rd October between 11 am and 4.30 pm.

Location: Institute of Marine Sciences building, Eastney

Getting to the venue

The Institute of Marine Sciences is located at Eastney Point, near the Hayling Island Ferry. There is limited free parking immediately opposite the building. Additionally, there are large free parking lots on Ferry Road (5 minutes walk) and at the Fort Cumberland Open Space (15 minutes walk). The 25 Bus route also stops directly outside the venue

As a courtesy to others, we encourage you to wear a face covering if it is possible, but it is not a requirement. It is also requested that you do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID or a positive lateral flow or PCR test before the event. Although we would be disappointed not to see you, we want to ensure everyone's safety.

Photograph Disclaimer : The University of Portsmouth plans to film and photograph this event. If you or members of your family don't want to take part, please let a member of staff know.

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