Cross-Cutting Topic 3

Jürgen Bertling
(Fraunhofer UMSICHT; PlastikBudget)

Contacts PlastikNet
Doris Knoblauch
(Ecologic Institute)
Linda Mederake
(Ecologic Institute)

Cross-Cutting Topic 3: Terms and Definitions


  • to clarify terms and definitions with relevance for the research focus "plastics in the environment".
  • to create a compendium in order to achieve a consistent use of language within the research focus as well as in external communication.
  • to introduce the results into further discourses as well as possible standardisation and legislative activities

Status of work

The compendium for the research focus was published in spring 2021 and is available for download here. The compendium aims to sharpen relevant terminology to contribute to a better understanding within the heterogeneous community of plastics in the environment.
The English version of the compendium will be published soon.


A Twitter series about the contents of the compendium is planned for 2022 on the Twitter channel of the research focus. In addition, a handout on the use of terms in press relations (for scientists and journalists) is under consideration.




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