Expert Workshop on

Microplastics in the Water Environment

18 (arrival) – 22 (departure) August 2019, Thailand


Today plastic materials are present in nearly all spheres of modern life, starting from simple packaging, clothes containing synthetic fibers, containers, drinking bottles and tyres to various life-supporting medical equipment. Their manufacture, use and discharge have significantly increased the amount of plastic waste, including plastic marine litter in oceans which is detrimental to the ecosystems and human health. When improperly managed, plastics can make their way into the aquatic environment. Single use plastic makes up approximately 80-85%of the total number of marine litter items, measured through beach counts. Global Plastic Production is raising rapidly. By 2030 the world may produce 619 million tonnes of plastic every year. Marine litter and microplastics are having a great impact on global environment and human health. How to improve reuse and recycling, minimize plastic waste and promote plastic alternatives, have received much attention recently for the purpose of controlling plastic litter in the freshwater and marine ecosystems.


The main topics will be:

  • Life Cycle Assessment of Plastics
  • Distribution, Sources and Abundance of Microplastics
  • Monitoring of Microplastics
  • Regulation and Management of Plastic Waste and Microplastics
  • Political and Environmental Dimension for Prevention of MPs Pollution
  • Ecological and Social Impacts/Risks of Microplastics
  • Microplastics (e.g. microbeads) in Manufactured Products and Emissions to the Environment
  • Knowledge Gaps and Research Priorities about Microplastics
  • Removal Technologies for MPs from Aqueous Environment with special focus on Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Analytical Methods for MPs Analysis and Standardization

Expected Outcomes

At the end of the expert workshop, participants will

  • Have an improved understanding of microplastic genesis and threatening impact on ecosystem, wildlife and human beings
  • Have obtain a holistic view on the microplastic problem and its inherent risk potential and negative impacts
  • Have identified potential areas/topics for research on microplastic pollution and standardization in microplastic characterization and analysis

Target Audience

The target participants of this workshop are experts from universities, state research institutions, and state agencies, who are doing research and work in the field that is related to the topic of this expert workshop. Further, all associate and full exceed-Swindon members, who are interested in this field and do research, are addressed as well.

Number of participants

The number of participants is limited to 40 in total.

Submission of paper

For extended abstract paper submission please  c a r e f u l l y  read and use the following template: Template for Abstract (Deviations will not be accepted).

The abstract has to be submitted with the application. Selected applicants are asked to submit a full paper till  09 August 2019.

Workshop Book Series

The authors of the accepted presentations (based on the abstracts submitted) are also requested to submit a full paper and copyright agreement. The submission of the full paper is made with the registration (electronic copy of the full paper) during the first day of the workshop. The authors are further requested to prepare the full paper according to the guidelines below. The full papers are printed in a Workshop Book with associated ISBN number and are published by Cuvillier Publisher, Germany.

Guidelines for paper submission:

Guidelines for Exceed Swindon Proceedings Papers 2018-03-06



Please apply online until 12 April 2019 under:


Each candidate will be informed about the outcome of his/her application until 28 April 2019.

For further information, please download the workshop flyer: Flyer Expert Workshop