Science and society: working together to address the marine litter challenge

Within the United Nations Ocean Decade, the MAELSTROM H2020 project organizes on November 18th an online seminar untitled Inspiring Science and Society to tackle Marine Litter. The event will contribute to the set-up of a Joint Strategy for Marine Litter Networking Actions aimed at strengthening synergies among multiple actors to address such a global challenge.

The fight against marine litter cannot be done alone, and neither can it be tackled only through science or technology. A global task force is needed if we want to overcome such a global challenge! This is an aspect in which our MAELSTROM project strongly believes and which promotes through fostering networking actions across public, private, and societal sectors and actors. Comparing, exchanging, and co-creating are key steps to achieve effective solutions to address marine litter’s causes and consequences.

It is with this vision that we organize MAELSTROM’s dissemination and communication events such as our recent clean ups in Venice and Porto and it is again with this vision that, we are organizing this online seminar. The event aims at identifying best practices and existing gaps among plastic-related stakeholders, from producers to recyclers so to direct future efforts coherently. It will furthermore contribute to the set-up of a Joint Strategy for Marine Litter Networking Actions following the Plastic Strategy of the European Commission.

The online seminar, registered as part of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development of the United Nations will be held on November 18th in two sessions (morning h 9.30-12.15; afternoon 14.00-16.00). It will count with the participation of international actors, projects and initiatives. The final agenda will be available soon.

Registration is mandatory, here.