International Conference on Plastics in the Marine Environment (ICPME) 2018

International Conference on Plastics in the Marine Environment (ICPME) 2018

Globally, some eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain. Five Asian nations account for 60% of the waste entering our oceans. The ubiquitous spread of plastic waste into every part of the marine environment has captured the attention of academics, industries, environmentalists, and the public. Plastic debris and animals killed by the ingestion of plastic capture the daily struggle of the world’s ocean ecosystems. The massive scale of this problem threatens our food security and sustainability.

In line with the International Year of the Reef 2018 and Singapore’s Year for Climate Action, The International Conference on Plastics in Marine Environment, that will be held on the 5-7th December by the National University of Singapore, seeks to address the issue of plastic debris in the marine environment, with a special focus on microplastics and the environmental issues facing tropical Southeast Asia.

List of topics:

Plastics in the Sea

  • Chemistry of plastic marine debris in seawater

  • Microfibers in marine environment

  • Effects of microplastics on marine life

  • Chemical and biological degradation of plastic debris in different marine and coastal environments

Environmental Impact Assessment

  • Challenges for monitoring programs in the identification, management, collection of plastics from ocean

  • New approaches for monitoring/detection of marine debris and microplastics

  • Transport and fate of marine debris in the ocean: theory, modelling

  • Ecological and public health risk assessment of marine debris and microplastics

  • Land-Sea interactions: modelling discharges from terrestrial environment

  • Understanding effect of oceanic subtropical gyres on plastic contamination in different regions of the world

Socio-Economic Issues

  • Estimating the Economic Impacts of Marine Debris: case Studies from different regions

  • Ghost fishing gears: problems and solutions

  • Local, state and federal ocean litter laws from around the Globe

  • Public education and outreach initiatives; Role of NGOs

  • Data analysis on reduction efforts and policies on microplastic pollution

  • Local to global partnerships on microplastics

  • Global plastics alliance on marine debris

Solutions for the Future

  • Bringing Value to Marine Debris

  • Plastic waste: a new resource for the energy transition

  • Innovations for a clean ocean

​More information in the Conference website