12:30pm - 1:30pm




Free to attend

Hosted by the CIWEM Central Southern branch

Event description

Microplastic pollution is one of the big environmental challenges of our time. In this talk Dr Alice Horton of the National Oceanography Centre and lead of the National Microplastics Network will be sharing her perspective on the issue of Microplastics in the aquatic environment, from source to sea, with a focus on the south of England.

This talk is aimed at all those with an interest in the water environment and wider environmental sciences relating to pollution.

Part of the CIWEM Pollution digital series.

Register for 2 September 2021

About the speaker

Dr Alice Horton

Dr Alice Horton is principal investigator – Anthropogenic Contaminants at the National Oceanography Centre. Her expertise lies in the interactions and effects of microplastics on organisms within aquatic environments. In order to understand how and why organisms will come into contact with microplastics she is also researching how the connections between land, lakes, rivers and the sea lead to the input, transport and accumulation of microplastics within the environment.

She has published studies identifying microplastics in UK rivers including the River Thames and has led experimental studies on the effects of microplastics on aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, alone and in combination with persistent organic chemicals. Additional research includes quantifying microplastics in wastewater and potable water products in collaboration with UKWIR.

Dr Horton sits on the advisory panels of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) Wastewater and Biosolids specialist panel and the Foundation for Water Research (FWR) Innovation Forum, and regularly advises the Environment Agency and Defra on issues relating to microplastics. She also leads the UK Microplastics Network (https://ukcpn.co.uk/uk-microplastics-network/), working closely to integrate academic research with industry, policy and business to more efficiently address the variety of issues surrounding microplastics.

Booking and joining information

This event is open to members and non-members of CIWEM.

This webinar will be hosted on the Zoom platform and will be recorded. Please note that registrations will close 24 hours before the event starts. If you have not registered before that time, unfortunately we cannot add you to the event. You will receive an email with joining instructions after you have successfully registered for the webinar and the registration has been approved by our team. If you have any questions about your booking or would like to cancel your attendance, please contact barbara.woods@ciwem.org.

Please make sure you add this event to your calendar, all you need to do is copy the body text of the joining instruction email, go to your Calendar, create a new calendar appointment, set the start and end date and time, paste the text and click the "Save & Close" button.

If you have any queries about this talk, please contact Lewis Purbrick at lewis.purbrick@environment-agency.gov.uk.

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