A forum for sustainable transformation
Bringing together worldwide research and practice in plastics
Header photo © James Wakibia
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.
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.
The conference will be split into six sessions, delivered over three days. We encourage everyone to attend all sessions, to gain a broad understanding of the plastics problem and possible mitigations. Sessions will consist of invited short talks, posters, roundtable discussions and workshops. The conference programme will also include installations, film screenings, exhibitions and performances.
Tuesday 20th June
Chair: Dr Fay Couceiro, Reader in Biogeochemistry and Environmental Pollution, Faculty of Technology, University of Portsmouth, UK
Invited Speaker: Dr Ben Williams, Senior Research Fellow, Air Quality Management Resource Centre, University of the West of England, UK
Session 2: Exploring the current issues of plastic use within the context of fashion and textiles and the role of plastics in the future
Chairs: Noorin Khamisani, Senior Lecturer in Fashion and Textiles and co-lead of the Fashion, Textiles and Material Futures Research and Innovation Group, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth, UK
Karen Ryan, Course Leader Fashion Marketing, and co-lead of the Fashion, Textiles and Material Futures Research and Innovation Group, Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth, UK
Invited Speaker: Kate Goldsworthy, Professor of Circular Design and Innovation, Co-Director, Centre for Circular Design (CCD), Deputy Director, Business of Fashion Textiles & Technology (BFTT), University of the Arts London (UAL), UK
- Microplastic Geek Workshop 1: Methods of sampling and analysis
- Refashioning Plastics
- The Global Plastic Policy Centre - Plastics Policy Research Needs
Evening: Drinks reception on the HMS Warrior
Wednesday 21st June
Chair: Professor Susan Jobling, PISCES Director, Principal Investigator, UK
Chair: Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan, Professor of Design History and Theory, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth, UK
- Dr Louise Dennis, Curator, Museum of Design in Plastics, Arts University Bournemouth, UK
- Dr Helen Peavitt, Curator of Consumer and Environmental Technology and curator of the Plastics Collections, Science Museum, London, UK
- Johanna Agerman Ross, Curator of Furniture and Product Design at V&A Museum, London UK
- Dr Susan Mossman, Research Associate and Chair at the Plastics Historical Society
Chair: Dr Cressida Bowyer, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth, UK
Guest speaker: Nelmo Munyiri, Founder and Executive Director, Mukuru Youth Initiative, Nairobi, Kenya
The poetics of plastic - creative reflections in drawing and writing
Participatory arts-based methods: Forum theatre/Stakeholder
Enzymes as puppet engineers of the imagination
Microplastic Geek Workshop 2: Impacts
Evening: Conference dinner
Thursday 22nd June
Panel discussion: How can the global plastics treaty serve as a platform for system change?
Panel discussion: Time is of the Essence – Negotiating a plastics treaty fit for purpose
Chair: Chris Dixon, Environmental Investigation Agency
- Von Hernandez, Global Coordinator, Break Free From Plastic Movement, The Philippines
- Professor Lesley Henderson, Professor Of Communications, University of Strathclyde, UK
- Esrat Karim, Director, AMAL Foundation, Bangladesh
- James Wakibia, Environmental activist and photojournalist advocating for plastic bans and proper management of plastic waste, Kenya
- Minderoo Foundation
To view the programme outline and find out more information on each session, click here
To view the conference schedule, click here
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.
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 email@example.com.
- Early bird rate (ends Friday 19 May): £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
Early bird tickets are available to buy now via Eventbrite.
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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.
Find out more about your journey to and around Portsmouth.
Places to stay in Portsmouth
There are many different places you can stay during your time in Portsmouth, including:
- Ibis Hotel
- Premier Inn City Centre
- Premier Inn Dockyard
- Premier Inn Southsea
- Queens Hotel, Southsea
- Royal Maritime Club Portsmouth - Conference guests who stay at this hotel can receive 10% discount when they book through the Royal Maritime Club website, and reference the PlasticsFuture 2023 conference in the notes section. The discount will be applied on arrival.