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Lead academic: Professor Peter Hopkinson (Business School)
Lead academic: Michele Miller (Business School)
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Ocean Plastic: Turning the tide through the circular economy

Challenge overview

New for 2018, the Ocean Plastics Challenge are running one enquiry group that students can take part in.

The tide of plastics in the Ocean is rising rapidly creating damage to marine ecosystems, people’s livelihoods and wider socio-ecological damage. Exeter academics are at the forefront of finding solutions to this global challenge. You will meet them and hear from them during the enquiry. The enquiry will also be supported by individuals from businesses, NGOs and Government involved in ‘Reversing the Plastic Tide’. Students will be asked to develop and propose solutions to support a transition to a New Plastics Economy based on the principles of the circular economy.

Grand Challenges 2018 confirmed details

You will hear from some of the world leading scientists at Exeter studying Ocean Plastics including Professor Tamara GallowayProfessor Brenden Godley, and speakers from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation leading the Global New Plastics Economy programme and demonstrating how the Circular Economy can work in practice. You will also hear from global businesses including Coca Cola (who is taking serious action to remove fossil plastic packaging from their products), and local businesses and organisations taking action to reduce and remove plastics from the Devon and Cornwall economy and clean up existing waste.

However, you will not just be hearing from exciting speakers, but the week will also include a field trip to the Exeter Marine Recycling Facility, as well as going on a beach clean at Westward Ho! Beach.

Here is the Ocean Plastic Challenge Timetable

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