At the status conference of the BMBF research focus Plastics in the Environment – Sources • Sinks • Solutions, posters were displayed that

A series of posters has been produced for the workshop on the cross-cutting topic 4 "social and political dimension of plastics in the environment" at the status conference of the research focus. These posters illustrate the social science research of ten joint research projects and summarise first interim results briefly and concisely. The posters are now available for download.

The amount of plastic waste found at and in German rivers is still unexplored in many places. Following campaigns in 2016, 2017 and 2018, young people aged 10 to 16 are once again called upon to support science and go on expeditions as "plastic pirates" in 2019. The next sampling period will take place from 1 May to 30 June 2019.

What's the point?
Together with the social enterprise Dopper, Impact Hub is looking for innovative approaches from students for a plastic-free planet and clean drinking water in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Nepal and Germany as part of the Dopper Changemaker Challenge.

The University of Bayreuth, partner institution in the joint research project "PLAWES", receives 10 million euros to establish a new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC). Its purpose is to investigate the biological effects of microplastics in the environment, including its migration and formation.

The first campaign period of the plastic pirates in 2018 has come to an end. The results of the many school classes and youth groups that participated can now be compared on a digital map of Germany.

A new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) concludes that products are rarely repaired and reused in the EU. Approaches to transition to a circular economy focus too much on waste treatment in most Member States, instead of earlier phases of a product's life cycle.

The aim of the event was to present the BMBF-funded project "TextileMission" to a selected expert audience, to discuss possible solutions to the entry of synthetic fibres into the environment and to offer an exchange platform for representatives from industry, research, politics and NGOs.

On March 27, 2018 around 20 social scientists, all being involved in one of the research projects of the BMBF research programme “Plastic in the Environment”, met to network and discuss future possibilities to increase the visibility of the social and political dimensions of plastics in the environment.

Initially developed for the Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the funding for the youth campaign "Plastic Pirates" has been extended as part of the BMBF’s research focus “Plastic in the Environment”.

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