Wednesday 16 June 2021, starting at 13:00 – 15:00 CEST (12:00 – 14:00 BST)
Plastic pollution is a worldwide issue of increasing concern. Each year, more and more plastic ends up in the natural environment, raising concerns of risk to the environment, animal and human health.
While biodegradable plastics could be part of the solution, they also present certain challenges. Many biodegradable plastic products actually biodegrade only in certain specific environments, or only in industrial composting facilities, rather than in the open environment more generally.
Webinar: Friday 21st May 2021, starting at 15:00 hours CEST (14:00 hours Ireland and UK)
Public awareness and concern over
plastics pollution, especially in open environments such as oceans, rivers and
land, are at an all-time high. At the
same time, the public is often uncertain and confused about what to do with
plastic items after use. The increasing
availability of products made from biodegradable plastics is likely to add to
The EU aims to transform the way
plastics and plastics products are designed, used and recycled. There are
actions planned on several fronts – improving plastic recycling, curbing waste
and littering, encouraging innovation and promoting global action. However, for these plans to work, we need effective
waste management infrastructures, coupled with strong engagement and
cooperation with the public and society in general.
At this special online event held on Wales’ national day, St David’s Day, on 1st March 2021, our panellists discussed the role of the digital media on our public debate, attitudes and behaviour during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Over 100 joined the webinar from 23 countries across the world.
The first SAPEA webinar on Biodegradable Plastics attracted a large international audience of almost 170 on 4th February. The webinar brought together panellists from the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, SAPEA and the European Commission, to respond to the question, ‘Tackling plastic pollution: are biodegradable plastics the answer?’
The webinar was chaired by Professor Ole Petersen,
Vice-President of Academia Europaea and Director of the AE Cardiff Hub. He outlined the role and purpose of the
European Scientific Advice Mechanism, and its two principal elements, the Group
of Chief Scientific Advisors and the SAPEA consortium.
Over 240 participants attended the live session from 36 countries which was moderated by Professor Ole Petersen, Vice-President of Academia Europaea and Director of the Cardiff AE Hub, and hosted by SAPEA. The discussant was Sir Mark Walport, the incoming Chair of the Cardiff Hub Steering Group.
On 11th February, a well-attended workshop took place at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, to discuss the recent Making Sense of Science for Policy report and its implications for policymaking at European and national level.
On 30th January, a panel discussion on the ‘Making Sense of Science for Policy’ Evidence Review Report was hosted by the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
A seminar hosted by Academia Europaea Bergen Hub assesses the findings of the SAPEA report ‘Making sense of science for policy’ and reflects on what insights might be applied to science advice in Norway