Discussion Meeting: Deeper than Plastic

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Babbage Building Room 411, University of Plymouth, PL4 6EQ

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With the world's oceans under increasing pressure from acidification, warming, habitat destruction, pollution and unsustainable fishing practices, the topic of marine protection has been a prominent environmental focus in 2018. Through support of the World Environment Day #BeatPlasticPollution campaign, widespread popularity for BBC documentary, Blue Planet II, and emerging new policy on sustainable fisheries, awareness and attention to marine issues is rapidly increasing.

Our next edition of the environmental SCIENTIST, Deeper than Plastic: Issues for the marine environment, will be published in November 2018, exploring potential threats and opportunities for marine environments, as well as new science methodologies and innovative technologies that may reverse current negative impacts on the oceans. 

To continue this debate, we are hosting a discussion meeting to address and explore the key themes raised by the journal in greater depth. This event welcomes presentations from a breadth of eminent speakers in marine science, followed by a collaborative and friendly group discussion, diving into the heart of key issues. There will be ample opportunity to network with attendees and speakers before and after the meeting.

Attendees will also be given a free copy of Deeper than Plastic: Issues for the marine environment.


Dr Clare Ostle, Marine Biological Association - An overview of Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science (CLASS), and the use of the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) for monitoring open ocean plastics

Dr Peter Miller, Plymouth Marine Laboratory - ShellEye: Satellite-based monitoring of harmful algal blooms and water quality for aquaculture farms

Dr Simon Ingram, University of Plymouth - Protecting marine mammals in coastal environments

Dr Michael Bull, Arup - How much do shipping and ports contribute to air quality problems and how can they reduce their impact?

Who should attend?

Marine scientists | Researchers and academics | University of Plymouth staff and students | IES members | Local and regional government officials | Consultants | NGOs | Professional bodies | Marine engineers and manufacturers | Expert practitioners


  • 13:30 - Registration, refreshments & networking
  • 14:00 - Welcome
  • 14:15 - Presentations from guest speakers
  • 15:45 - Q&A session
  • 16:00 - Refreshments & networking

This event is free for all to attend. 


Babbage Building Room 411, 24 James St, University of Plymouth PL4 6EQ

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The IES aim to provide events, conferences and workshops which are accessible to all. If you anticipate needing any type of assistance to fully participate in this event, please email Rhianna Jarvis on rhianna@the-ies.org or call +44 (0)20 7601 1920 to speak to somebody in person.