Ocean Plastics Congress 2019

14 Mar 2019

Turning the Tide will be held in Melbourne (Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre) from December 2-6, 2019. For more information or to register for the event please visit their website.

This inaugural Congress is a major new initiative that aims to accelerate efforts to repair the damage done through past negligence on plastic waste in our oceans and to find long term solutions for our oceans, sea life and human health. Ultimately, we recognize the need to eliminate the problem at its source – the entry of waste plastics into our rivers, streams, storm water, and, ultimately, the ocean. Plastic is currently a key part of our lives – the critical steps to address are limitation of usage (particularly single-use plastic), recycling and disposal.

The 2019 Congress will be hosted by the Victorian Government, with WWF and other organisations as the lead Conference advocates. It will bring together over 2,000 scientists, public policymakers, industry and the community sector in the search for solutions to the multiplicity of problems resulting from ocean plastics. It will include invited speakers and a scientific stream, based on peer-reviewed papers.

On the 3rd December QAEHS Director Prof. Kevin Thomas will convene a Special Forum on Plastics and human health. Bringing together key experts in exposure science, potential health effects and regulation to discuss what we currently know on this emerging issue.