2/5/2018 12:20:20 PM Events

SAMS researcher addresses "Plasticising the Planet" at Cafe Scientific, Glasgow

Global Plastics

Date: Monday 5th February 2018, Time: 7pm

Venue: Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

SAMS researcher Winnie Courtene-Jones will address an audience at Cafe Scientifique, Glasgow. Plastics are an inextricable part of everyday life, however, there is growing concern of their impacts to the environment.

It is estimated that 8 million tons of plastics enter our oceans annually.

  • How does this plastic get into the ocean?
  • Where does it go?
  • What are microplastics?
  • And what effect might plastics have on marine life and ultimately human health? 


Global budgeting of marine microplastics have identified lower than expected concentrations of these small plastics in surface waters; thus it is hypothesised that the deep sea is the final sink for this pollutant. Winnie Courtene-Jones is a PhD student at the Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban, where she researches microplastic pollution in the deep sea ecosystem.  

Winnie has a passion for communicating science in diverse ways. In 2017 she was awarded the P1 Foundation ‘National Student of the Year’ for her research into microplastics. the award was supported by The Crown Estate, Marine Conservation Society and the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology. 

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