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.



What we are up to.

  • 09:30 – 10:00

    Welcome & Registration

    10:00 – 12:00

    Opening Session – Part I
    – Christian Laforsch
    – Bethanie Carney Almroth

    13:30 – 14:30

    Opening Session – Part II

    14:30 – 16:00

    Mixer Session: Poster Session

    16:00 – 18:00

    Sources Session
    – Denise Mitrano

  • 09:30 – 12:00

    Impacts Session
    – Bart Koelmans

    13:30 – 15:00

    Mixer Session

    15:30 – 18:00

    Society Session
    – Sabine Pahl


    Conference Dinner

  • 09:30 – 12:00

    Solutions Session
    Lila Durix

    13:30 – 15:45

    Science & Policy Session – including High-Level Science & Policy Panel
    Moderator: Aude Vidal
    – Richard Thompson

    15:45 – 16:30

    Closing Session



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