Plastic pollution: Are biodegradable plastics a solution?

Plastic pollution: Are biodegradable plastics a solution?



Wednesday 16 June 2021, starting at 13:00 – 15:00 CEST (12:00 – 14:00 BST)

Introduction

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.

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Biodegradable plastics: how do we engage with consumers and society?

Biodegradable plastics: how do we engage with consumers and society?


Webinar: Friday 21st May 2021, starting at 15:00 hours CEST (14:00 hours Ireland and UK)

Introduction

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 confusion.

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.

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André Mischke YAE Prize for Science and Policy 2021

André Mischke YAE Prize for Science and Policy 2021


The Young Academy of Europe invites you to submit your nomination for this year’s André Mischke YAE Prize for Science and Policy.

The prize is awarded annually to support and promote: science, evidence-based policymaking, science communication, and future generation scientists and scholars in Europe.

The deadline for submission has been extended until 15 April 2021. A detailed document describing the nomination procedure for the 2021 edition can be found here.



23rd February 2021. For further information please contact AECardiffHub@cardiff.ac.uk

Launch webinar on Biodegradable Plastics

Launch webinar on Biodegradable Plastics



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.

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Cardiff Hub oversees completion of Evidence Review Report on Biodegradability of Plastics in the Open Environment

Cardiff Hub oversees completion of Evidence Review Report on Biodegradability of Plastics in the Open Environment



A major new Evidence Review Report entitled ‘Biodegradability of Plastics in the Open Environment’ has been published today by SAPEA. Academia Europaea led the coordination of the Evidence Review Report, with responsibility for management and delivery of the work given to the AE Cardiff Hub.

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Large global audience joins interactive webinar on Science Advice and COVID-19, co-organised by the AE Cardiff Hub

Large global audience joins interactive webinar on Science Advice and COVID-19, co-organised by the AE Cardiff Hub



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.

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Making decisions at times of uncertainty, by Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE

Making decisions at times of uncertainty, by Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE



Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE tells us about his research on decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, and his contribution to the recent evidence review on ‘Making Sense of Science for Policy’, coordinated by Academia Europaea.

About Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE

Nils-Eric Sahlin
Photo courtesy of Mikael Risedal

Professor Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE is the former Chair of the Swedish Research Council’s Expert Group on Ethics and a current member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE).  He was a member of the SAPEA international working group that produced the Evidence Review Report, Making Sense of Science for Policy under Conditions of Complexity and Uncertainty (SAPEA, 2019), which was coordinated by Academia Europaea.





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