Montag, 26. November 2018, 18:00 - 20:00 iCal

PLENTY - Plastics in the Environment and Society

Kick-Off Event of the Research Platform PLENTY - An initiative of the Faculty of Life Sciences, the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy, and the Faculty of Social Sciences in cooperation with the Environmental Sciences Research Network of the University of Vienna

Sky Lounge, University of Vienna
Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Wien

Tagung, Konferenz, Kongress, Symposium

The new research platform PLENTY - Plastics in the Environment and Society has been founded by the Rectorate of the University of Vienna to explore global plastic pollution using a holistic approach. The kick-off event focuses on how to approach one of today’s most discussed environmental challenges.


Debate some of the most pressing questions with distinguished experts from various disciplines:

– How efficient are clean-up campaigns like the Ocean Cleanup Initiative? – Insights on the performance of the installation after about one month of deployment in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

– How can industry, science and environmental organisations support the political agenda to reduce plastics in the environment? – Insights from the 2nd Plastic Stakeholder Conference in Brussels

– What are major findings and innovations in the global scientific debate on microplastics? – Insights from the international Microplastics Conference 2018 in Ascona



17:30 Registration

18:00 Welcome Address & Introduction

– Jean-Robert Tyran, Vice Rector University of Vienna

– Gerhard J. Herndl, Head of the research platform PLENTY


18:15 Key Lecture & Contributions

– Plastic and Society: Hubris, Humility, Hope – Olwenn Martin, Research Fellow - Institute for the Environment, Health and Societies, Brunel University London

– Eliminating Plastic and Microplastic Pollution: An Urgent Need – Georg Rebernig, Managing Director Umweltbundesamt


19:00 Input & Panel Discussion with PLENTY Project Team

– Gerhard J. Herndl, Professor of Bio-Oceanography of the University of Vienna, Head of PLENTY and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Ocean Cleanup Initiative

– Thilo Hofmann, Professor Environmental Geosciences, Head of the Environmental Sciences Research Network of the University of Vienna and Deputy Head of PLENTY

– Ulrike Felt, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Head of the Research Platform Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice and Co-Project Investigator of PLENTY


Moderator: Marlene Nowotny, Ö1


20:00 Get-together (until 21:00)

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Research Platform PLENTY - Plastics in the Environment and Society

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Heidemarie Weinhäupl
FGGA / Forschungsverbund Umwelt