Science to Enable Sustainable Plastics

  • Event Website: https://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/campaigning/progressive-plastics/
  • Event Date: 13 November 2019 to 13 November 2019
  • Event Type: Seminar
  • Venue: 14:00–14:45 (UK time), online
  • Associated Societies: Chinese Chemical Society (CCS), China | Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Germany | Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK | Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), Japan

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Plastics are here to stay. How can the chemical sciences make them fully sustainable?
What does the future hold for plastics in a changing world? Join us online for a panel discussion chaired by BBC environment reporter Laura Foster.
The discussion will feature expert panellists from around the world – and you can be a part of it.

Themes that we will cover include:

  • Degradation of plastics – how do we break down plastic waste in a way that isn’t harmful?
  • Recyclability of plastics – how can we develop new value from used plastics?
  • New plastics – designing and generating sustainable plastics
  • Measuring the impact of plastics – on our health and the environment


The panel will discuss each topic in detail and the key challenges and opportunities identified. This discussion will be streamed live, on Facebook, YouTube, and on the RSC website.
You can engage with the panel directly, from the comfort of your home or workplace, by submitting questions live, or in advance.

Put your questions about plastics to leading researchers:

  • Tamara Galloway University of Exeter, UK
  • Andreas Greiner University of Bayreuth/Collaborative Research Centre 1357 Microplastics, Germany
  • Xianhong Wang Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, China
  • Toshiaki Yoshioka Tohoku University, Japan



This event is hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry in partnership with the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS), the German Chemical Society (GDCh), the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

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