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POSTPONED - Plastics in the Environment 2020

14 May 2020
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Geological Society Events, 2020 Year of Life, Contaminated Land Group
The Geological Society, Burlington House
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Please note that given the public health risks associated with the coronavirus, the Society has decided to postpone this conference until 15 March 2021. Please see our new event page for any future updates regarding the rescheduled event. We will be contacting all registered attendees soon regarding refund and/or rebooking procedures.

The accumulation of plastic debris in the environment is a global problem which may have detrimental impacts on ecosystem health. Plastics are now widely enough distributed that they may also act as an anthropogenic marker horizon in the future rock record. However, there are still many outstanding questions regarding the: 1) source, 2) transfer, 3) degradation, 4) persistence and 5) measurement of plastics in the environment.

This one-day meeting will bring together researchers from a diverse range of disciplines (e.g. hydrology, sedimentology, geochemistry, Earth science, biology) to discuss the fate of plastics in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.

This meeting seeks to foster conversation between these different communities to facilitate a more holistic approach towards understanding plastic in the environment.


  1. The source(s) of plastic to the Earth system
  2. The transfer of plastics across the Earth system
  3. Degradation of plastics within the Earth system
  4. Persistence of plastics in the sedimentary record

Primary conveners

  • Wes Fraser (Oxford Brookes University)
  • Gordon Inglis (University of Southampton)


The Geological Society
Burlington House
London W1J 0BG


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Hydrogeological Group Geochemistry Group
British Sedimentological Research Group
Environment Network
Marine Studies Group Earth System Science Group

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