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The use and mis-use of plastics has attracted considerable attention. The UK government has already pledged to work to reduce waste plastic. The Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a £20m fund in the 2018 Spring Budget to help businesses and universities to develop new technologies to help achieve the target of eliminating 'avoidable plastic waste' by 2042. There will be upcoming funding calls, as well as a need to review the whole area to reduce, replace and refine the use of plastics.
This conference brings together key sectors with the aim of focusing on assessing challenges and opportunities for researchers, industry and government. There will be a thematic link between the uses of plastics, their replacement with other materials, where it is advantageous, the toxicological hazards and benefits of plastic use, and the post-use challenges and opportunities.
|09.30||Registration and refreshments|
Introduction and Welcome
Clare Topping, Northampton General Hospital
CHAIR: K Clive Thompson, ALS
Theme 1 - Plastics - Use and abuse
Plastics, packaging and politics
Stuart Foster, RECOUP
PVC in healthcare
Ruth Stringer, Healthcare without harm
Microplastics: Risks and regulation
Julius Kreißig, Wood PLC
|Theme 2 - Challenges for plastics|
Why the waste hierarchy does not work for plastics and how to fix it
Peter Reineck, Peter Reineck Associates Limited
|12.00||Chemical upcycling of plastic waste
Andrew Dove, University of Birmingham
CHAIR: John R Williams, Sinvestec LLC
Theme 3 - Post-use challenges
|13.45||Engineering enzymes for biological recycling of plastics
John McGeehan, University of Portsmouth
Challenges in consumer packaging recycling
Richard McKinley, AXION
Theme 4 - What has been done and what are next steps
Innovate UK and other government initiatives
Sally Beken, KTN
|15.20||Discussion of afternoon presentations|
|15.40||A series of short presentations/pitches for researchers and companies (3 minutes each) to explain needs, opportunities and technologies.|
|16.05||Summary and potential next steps and discussion|
14/15 Belgrave Square
Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561
Early bird fees before Friday 10 May 2019
|£35||SCI/RSC Student Member*|
|£50||SCI Subsidised Member|
Standard fees after Friday 10 May 2019
|£45||SCI Student Member*|
|£90||SCI Subsidised Member|
*Student places limited to 20
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Opportunities are available for a limited number of posters. Interested applicants should send an abstract of one A4 page or 300 words maximum, indicating title and authors, to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 31 May 2019 with the subject line "SCI-RSC Plastics, from Cradle to Grave and Resurrection - Poster Absract". Selected poster presenters will be given the opportunity to give a 3-minute presentation. Prizes will be given for the best poster and presentation.
An exhibition will take place alongside the conference during refreshment breaks for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. For further information and prices, please email email@example.com. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.