A global gathering of plastic experts is taking place at a conference in Portsmouth in June 2023
Our aim is to create a conference unlike any other. Technology doesn’t have all the answers and we want to look at alternative untapped sources to solve the global plastic crisis. By bringing together a spectrum of disciplines under one roof, we hope to provoke creative solutions that will provide decision makers with a rich evidence base on which to build policy
Professor Steve Fletcher, Director of the Global Plastics Policy Centre at the University of Portsmouth, says: “Our aim is to create a conference unlike any other. Technology doesn’t have all the answers and we want to look at alternative untapped sources to solve the global plastic crisis. By bringing together a spectrum of disciplines under one roof, we hope to provoke creative solutions that will provide decision makers with a rich evidence base on which to build policy.”
The mission-driven conference will focus on sharing research and initiatives from a broad range of stakeholders, including; researchers, activists, community members, non-governmental organisations, industry, policymakers, and practitioners from around the world. Global thought leaders will share their knowledge, discuss recent advancements, and reveal exciting new insights in our efforts to end plastic pollution.
PlasticsFuture 2023 will help build an evidence base to stimulate change. Professor Steve Fletcher is one of the keynote speakers and he says: “The transdisciplinary nature of the conference will allow a more rounded holistic approach to confronting plastics problems – and include expertise from all subject fields. Ultimately, PlasticsFuture 2023 will bring a new philosophical outlook to tackling plastic pollution.”
Experts and practitioners will be coming to Portsmouth from all over the world. Keynote speakers include Von Hernandez from the Philippines, one of Asia’s leading environmental activists and the Global Coordinator for the “Break Free from Plastic” movement.
Nelson Munyiri is travelling from Kenya to speak at the conference. Born and raised in the informal settlement 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.
Esrat Karim is the Director and Founder of Amal Foundation. She has been an advocate for climate change, social reform, and women's empowerment since before her foundation was established in 2014. As a result of her work in education, community development, health, and women’s empowerment, she was honoured by Forbes in 2020 as one of Asia’s top 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from University of Dhaka and her Master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado. As an Acumen Fellow, she is running skill centres for women in different remote areas of Bangladesh. Esrat was the first girl in her community who completed undergraduate studies and received a scholarship to study in a prestigious master’s program in the United States.
Plastics Future 2023 will take place between 20-22 June at the University of Portsmouth. Organisers are now calling for abstracts, short talks, posters, performances, and exhibits as well as proposals to run workshops, or chair a panel discussion at the conference.
The University of Portsmouth is home to the Global Plastics Policy Centre, designed to give governments and industry groups the evidence needed to make better decisions around plastic policies, and find sustainable solutions to tackle plastic pollution around the world. The Global Plastics Policy Centre is the latest significant development from the Revolution Plastics initiative, which is putting the University of Portsmouth at the forefront of the plastics debate.