PlasticsFuture 2023 Conference

A person sorting plastic waste © James Wakibia

A forum for sustainable transformation

Bringing together worldwide research and practice in plastics

Header photo © James Wakibia

PlasticsFuture 2023

20-22 June 2023
Portland Building, University of Portsmouth

 

PlasticsFuture 2023 is a mission-driven conference which aims to inspire new solutions to end plastic pollution. It will be an opportunity to share global research and innovation across disciplines and communities, and forge future collaborations.

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Overview

Plastic pollution is a global crisis. Since the 1950s more than 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been thrown away. 80% of this has been discarded into the environment via landfills and dumping. Plastic pollution has multiple adverse impacts and threatens human health and wellbeing, animal health and the health of complex ecosystems. Furthermore, the plastics life cycle significantly contributes to climate change. Immediate action is imperative. 

In light of the UNEP resolution to negotiate a global treaty to end plastic pollution, Revolution Plastics will bring together a wide range of stakeholders including researchers, community organisations, NGOs, industry, policymakers and practitioners from around the world to explore how we can catalyse sustainable transitions to halt the negative impacts of plastics. We will collaborate, discuss and share knowledge to build an evidence base to stimulate change. To truly create impact we need to carry on beyond the conference so we aim to grow PlasticsFuture into a thriving community of practice.

Programme

The mission-driven conference will have a combination of invited speakers, discussions, breakout sessions and solutions-based participatory workshops. Creative approaches will be integrated throughout the three-day programme.

Keynote speakers

Professor Steve FletcherProfessor Steve Fletcher, University of Portsmouth

Steve Fletcher is Professor of Ocean Policy and Economy, and Director of the Global Plastics Policy Centre at the University of Portsmouth. Professor Fletcher leads the University's Revolution Plastics initiative, driving interdisciplinary research and innovation to solve challenges in production, use and disposal of plastics.

He is also Ocean Lead of the UN International Resource Panel, and works extensively with the UN family of ocean and biodiversity conventions, governments, agencies, businesses, universities and a wider network of international conservation organisations.

Professor Lesley HendersonProfessor Lesley Henderson, University of Strathclyde

Lesley Henderson is Professor of Communications at the University of Strathclyde. She founded the Sustainable Plastics Research Group at Brunel University London. Lesley is an expert in leading interdisciplinary research on public perceptions and behavioural change concerning plastic pollution in Indonesia; exploring interactions with plastics packaging, innovation and global plastics policy in the UK and EU, and addressing the role of remote satellite imaging in shaping a 'Plastic-less Society'. Lesley was an expert member of the SAPEA working group on microplastics which provided policy advice to the European Commission and has also contributed to social science related policy options for the UN and Defra. She is frequently invited by industry to give independent scientific advice.

Von Hernandez, Global Coordinator of the Break Free from Plastic movementVon Hernandez, Break Free from Plastic

Von Hernandez is a multi-awarded environmental activist based in Manila, Philippines, who has been campaigning on waste and toxic pollution for more than 25 years.

The global Break Free from Plastic movement consists of more than 2,500 organisations, representing millions of supporters worldwide, which have come together to reverse the plastic pollution crisis.

Nelmo Munyiri, Founder and Executive Director for Mukuru Youth Initiative in KenyaNelmo Munyiri, Mukuru Youth Initiative

Nelson Munyiri is travelling from Kenya to speak at the conference. Born and raised in the informal settlement of Mukuru in Nairobi, he is the founder of the Mukuru Youth Initiative which engages young people to be the agents of change within their own communities.

Nelson is a recording and performing artist with a focus on human rights and social change, inspiring people to act on issues such as plastic pollution through music.

Dr Ben Williams, University of the West of EnglandDr Ben Williams, University of the West of England

Ben Williams is a Senior Research Fellow within the Air Quality Management Resource Centre at the University of the West of England (UWE), working at the interface of science, policy, and community. He co-leads UWE’s Biospheric Microplastics Research Cluster and leads Homes Under the Microscope, a UKRI funded project investigating the presence of airborne microplastics in homes, co-creating the method with citizens.

He is also a Committee Member of the International Network of Environmental Forensics and contributes to the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments.

 

Call for abstracts

We are calling for abstracts for posters, performances, exhibits and short talks as well as proposals to run workshops, or chair a panel discussion at the conference. In addition to academic outputs, we are inviting contributions from practitioners, NGO’s, community-based organisations and industry. We are looking for examples of innovative or creative methodologies, stakeholder engagement, policy, processes and systems that address plastic pollution.

Find out more and submit an abstract

Registration

This is primarily an in-person conference located in Portsmouth, UK. Places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

If you have any queries, please email plasticsfutureforum@port.ac.uk.

Registration fees

  • Early bird rate (ends 14 April 2023): £110
  • Standard rate (full fee): £165

The registration fee includes:

  • Admission to all conference sessions
  • Tea, coffee and light refreshments throughout the three-day conference
  • Evening reception drinks at HMS Warrior on Tuesday 20 June
  • Evening meal and social event on Wednesday 21 June

Register your interest

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Location

The conference will take place at the University's Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH.

Throughout the three-day conference, we’ll host a series of performances, networking and social events so you can explore the best that the city of Portsmouth has to offer. You could discover the city’s rich history, explore the famous Historic Dockyard or climb the landmark Spinnaker Tower.