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.

Dr. Friederike Gabel (WWU Münster) and Dr. Katrin Wendt-Potthoff (UFZ) invite researchers to submit manuscripts of research articles on plastics in freshwater ecosystems for a special issue in Fundamental and Applied Limnology. Manuscripts should be handed in by the end of July 2018.

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”.

Around 50 scientists from 12 collaborative projects of the research focus on plastics in the environment met for a first exchange on sampling, sample preparation and analysis of microplastics at the Water Technology Center (TZW) in Karlsruhe.

The Special Issue on “Plastic Contamination: Challenges and Solutions” focus on addressing all aspects of plastics. 


The Lüneburg start-up company RITTEC Umwelttechnik is one of the nine finalists of the Next Economy Award 2021, which is awarded as part of the German Sustainability Award and is a high distinction for "green founders" - the nomination from 140 applications alone is a great success for the Lüneburg start-up.

Within the framework of the recently published plastic strategy of the European Union general public, business associations, companies, researchers and experts, NGOs, international organisations and institutions, fishermen and fisheries organisations are invited to take part in the consultation regarding marine litter till the 12th of February.
At the kick-off conference of the BMBF research programme "Plastic in the Environment – Sources • Sinks • Solutions“, posters were displayed that graphically illustrate and summarise the research projects in a concise way. These posters can be downloaded here.
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