UNESCO – EU H2020 LimnoPlast Conference

Diving into freshwater microplastic pollution:
Connecting water, environmental and social sciences


UNESCO – Paris, France


06 – 08 March 2023

About the Conference:

Plastic Pollution is one of the major challenges of the Anthropocene. Freshwater ecosystems are vastly polluted by microplastics, making rivers a major pathway of microplastic emissions to the ocean. The conference aims to put the challenge of freshwater microplastic pollution at the centre of the UN global agenda for sustainable development. Not only will knowledge and innovative solutions, generated by the scientists and Early-stage Researchers supported by the H2020 LimnoPlast project, be disseminated, but the conference will also provide a global discussion platform on action that can be taken by all stakeholders to reduce the freshwater microplastic pollution and its impact on water resources, ecosystems, wildlife and the ocean.

Conference conclusions, key messages and recommendations for policy makers will be a contribution to the 2023 UN Water Conference.

Abstract Book

If you are interested in the abstract book – please find it here:

 Conference_Program and Abstract book



What we are up to.

  • 09:00 – 10:00

    Registration & Welcome Coffee

    10:00 – 11:30

    Opening Session – Part I
    -Abou Amani, Sam Azimi, Jerome Lesueur & Christian Laforsch

    – Bethanie Carney Almroth

    11:30 – 12:30

    Thematic Session: Sources of MP in Freshwater Ecosystems  – Part I

    Keynote Speaker: Denise Mitrano

    with Feride Öykü Sefiloğlu & Cleo Stratmann

    14:00 – 15:00

    Thematic Session: Sources of MP in Freshwater Ecosystems – Part II

    with Marziye Molazadeh, Sethunath  Sethulekshmi, Friederike Stock & Max Beaurepaire 

    14:00 – 16:00

    Coffee Break & Poster Session

    16:00 – 17:00

    Youth Networking World Café

  • 10:00 – 12:00

    Thematic Session: Impacts on Freshwater Biota and Public Health  

    with Gary Hardiman, Romain Tramoy, Gabriel Olthof, Simona Mondellini, Sarah Stevens, Azora König Kardgar, Anita Jemec Kokalj, Senavirathn a Jayasanka 

    14:00 – 17:00

    Thematic Session: Social & Behavioral Science, Economics and Legal Perspectives 

    Keynot Speaker: Sabine Pahl

    with Carolin Völker & Johanna Kramm, Aybüke Özdamar, Marcos Felipe Rodríguez, Maja Grünzner, Giorgia Carratta & Karlijn von den Broek 

    19:00 – 21:00

    Conference Dinner at Academy Du Climat

  • 10:00 – 12:00

    Thematic Session: Innovative Technological Solutions to the MP Issue 

    Keynote Spealer: Lila Durix

    with Minh Trang Nguyen, Vaibhav Budhiraja, Dipannita Ghosh, Emna Abdeljaoued, Christina Galafton & Linda Mederake

    14:00 – 14:30

    Keynote Speech: Prof. Richard Thompson  

    14:30 – 15:30

    High-level Panel: Science & Policy Dialogue on Microplastics (MP) Pollution  
    Moderator: Aude Vidal
    Panelist: Richard Thompson, Moïra Tourneur, Lucie Padovani & Xavier Leflaive

    15:30 – 16:30

    Closing Session with short summaries of the Sessions and further final remarks

    with Bruno Tassin, Martin Wagner, Gisela Böhm, Andrej Kržan , Christian  Laforsch & Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa 



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