The workshop will therefore host partners from different industrial, social, technical and scientific backgrounds dedicated to the design and testing of innovative devices and solutions for the monitoring, removal and recovery of marine litter, through circular economy-oriented technologies and with citizen involvement in monitoring activities. A specific focus will be made on Venice and its Lagoon, a world heritage site.
The first part of the workshop will be devoted to the introduction of the above-mentioned projects and then to the presentation of technologies already operational or under development aimed at monitoring and removing marine litter. These are technologies designed to monitor the presence and intercept a wide range of plastics of different sizes, from macro to nanoplastics, so as to reduce their accumulation in our marine and coastal ecosystems while also taking preventive action. Up-to- date data on the presence of macro, micro and nanoplastics in the Venice lagoon will be shared, thanks to the previous work of CNR ISMAR and VLPF in collaboration with University of Bucharest and the Montani Institute of Fermo, Department of Chemistry.
During this session, operators of the MAELSTROM robotic platform, which is present in Venice for cleaning the lagoon and seabed in the coastal area of Venice, will connect remotely. Autonomous seabed exploration vehicles made within the ENDURUNS project will also be presented at the show.
The second part of the day will address the circular economy, focusing on how to give a new life to plastics recovered at sea or beached, through innovative chemical and mechanical systems. This critically important goal for solving the problem globally directly involves a substantial slice of technological and industrial partners, from the aforementioned projects, but not exclusively.
Organizers: The international workshop is co-organized by CNR ISMAR and the NGO Venice Lagoon Plastic Free and ISDI group in collaboration with the Venice Boat Show.
Finally, the international workshop and clean up are recognized as official events of the Venice Boat Show and part of WWF’s Plastic Smart City program of which Venice is a signatory city.