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VIRTUAL EVENT- Plastics in the Environment 2021 (Rescheduled)

15 March 2021
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Please note that this is the rescheduled date of the Plastics 2020 conference which was due to take place in May 2020. If you registered for the original date, we will be contacting you 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.

This conference is supported by the Geochemistry Group, the British Sedimentological Research Group, the Marine Studies Group, the Earth System Science Group, the Contaminated Land Group, they Hydrogeological Group and the Environment Network


Registration for this event is open now.


  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

Call for abstracts

Please send abstracts in a Word document to by Thursday 28 January 2021. Abstracts should be approximately 300 words and include a title and acknowledgement of authors and their affiliations. Please state whether you would prefer an oral or poster presentation.

Primary convenors

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


This event will be taking place virtually. Further information will be sent to delegates.


Please contact with any enquiries.


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


Registration rates

£ 45.00
£ 70.00
£ 45.00
£ 45.00
£ 20.00

Geolsoc Contact

Conference Office

The Geological Society
Burlington House