The plastics pollution crisis is one of the most urgent challenges of our time. While plastic pollution is a global problem, research and innovation in this area is not yet globally connected.
However, the steps to ultimately tackle this problem will necessitate collaboration and perspective on a global scale.
To that end, the first annual World Plastics Summit is being
organized to assemble international research leaders in plastics recycling and redesign in Monaco, under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, and through generous funding from Lady Oxana Girko and Mr Oleg Novachuk. This meeting will be held on March 24-26 at the Novotel Monte Carlo Hotel as part of the prestigious Monaco Ocean Week 2022
The theme of this inaugural summit is: Fostering global collaboration to accelerate plastics recycling and redesign.
The meeting will cover topics including quantifying the scope of the plastics problem from a carbon, energy, economics, and pollution perspective, the use of new chemical and biological catalysis to break down today's plastics and recycle or upcycle them, and the use of new and existing building blocks to
produce circular polymers. Interaction, discussion, and teamwork between biologists, chemists, engineers, environmental scientists, material scientists, and sustainability analysts will be critical to generate new solutions, realize evidence-based policy, and ultimately stem the flow of plastics into the natural environment and the world's landfills, toward the common goal of establishing a more sustainable future for the planet.
This meeting will focus on pre-publication data and long-term
research goals with ample time for discussion, such that the meeting attendees find opportunities for impactful collaborations. Conference attendance will be international in nature and be ~70 attendees to maximize the opportunity for discussion and networking. We are anticipating an annual event with each program built around the most current and pressing needs of the field.
While there are pockets of excellence worldwide, and several
consortia have emerged in the last few years, much more can be achieved and limited resources applied more efficiently through global connection, sharing, and collaborationtowards this common goal. Each session will have the objective of pulling together the most urgent and impactful messages from the key topic areas and these will be assembled into the final session and discussed at the Gala Dinner.