Microplastics are defined as plastic fragments typically smaller than 5 mm, able to pass through wastewater treatments plants, accumulating on shorelines and eventually reaching marine ecosystems. There, such fragments remain unaltered, representing a serious risk not only for marine flora and fauna, but also for human health. Regarding the impact of these pollutants, recent studies have showed that the Mediterranean Sea is one of the most worrisome region of the world, showing a microplastic concentration even higher than that of the Nord Pacific area.
Following the conclusion of the Project LIFE13 ENV/IT/001069 – Mermaids: “Mitigation of microplastics impact caused by textile washing processes”, the Organizing and Scientific Committees are pleased to invite the scientific community and stakeholders to the International Conference on Microplastic Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea (μ MED) hosted in Capri (NA), on September 26-29th 2017.
The President of the CMCC Foundation, Antonio Navarra, is a member of the International Advisory Board
and will give a speech at the conference as invited speaker.
The conference will focus on microplastics, one of the most actual and dangerous source of marine pollution, while sharing current knowledge, identifying issues and proposing solutions and actions to face and mitigate this environmental threat.
The conference will be focused on the following topics:
- Microplastics and marine environment
- Microplastics in the Mediterranean Sea
- Sources of microplastics
- Degradation of microplastics in marine environment
- Impact of microplastics on marine life
- Microplastics: from marine pollution to human food chain
- Socioeconomic impacts of microplastics
- Mitigation of microplastic impact
- Biodegradable microplastics
- Solutions and future steps