International Workshop on Fate and Impact of Microplastics in Marine Ecosystems

Between January 12th and 15th, 2014 the “International Workshop on Fate and Impact of Microplastics in Marine Ecosystems” took place in Plouzane, France.

The conference held over 30 oral presentations, which divided themselves in themes related to the occurrence of microplastics in the marine environment, the impacts of these particles on marine fauna and, microplastics as a vector for biological and chemical pollutants.

Apart from the oral presentations, over 60 posters were exposed and presented during informal talks, accompanied by French wine.

On its last day, the workshop had the participation of middle school and master students, whom exposed their impressions on the microplastics pollution subject as well as their work on public awareness for that matter.

The attendance of the conference was very diverse, including participants from several countries, such as Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, Holland, England, Norway, Denmark and even Korea and Brazil. United by the purposed of better understanding the effects and impacts by microplastic pollution, authors of important publications presented their most recent work, as well as NGO founders, such as 5 Gyres and Surfrider Foundation Europe, and PhD students from well-known institutions all over the world.

A lot was discussed about the translocation of microplastics, once ingested. Also about the standardization of sampling and analysis methods. But the main message was to recognize microplastics as pollutants of great importance and that despite their size, can cause great impact.

Click here for the Book of Abstracts

Find out more about the conference hereImage

Group picture of the attendees of Micro 2014, in Plouzane, France.

 Published by Heidi Acampora

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