Emerging Technologies to Advance Research and Decisions on the Environmental Health Effects of Microplastics – Workshop Videos and Presentations

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Welcome, context, and overview 

Keegan Sawyer, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine [Watch Video]

Emily Twigg, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine [Watch Video]

John Balbus, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences [Watch Video]

Kevin Elliott, Michigan State University [Watch Video]


Keynote Address: The state of knowledge on microplastics and their impact on environmental health [View Slideshow] [Watch Video]

Kara Lavender Law, Sea Education Association


Session 1: Understanding the Prevalence of Microplastics in the Environment


Session 1 Introduction—Mark Hahn [Watch Video]


Characterising microplastics in the context of risk assessment—Bart Koelmans  [View Slideshow] [Watch Video]


Innovative technologies for polymer identification—Jennifer M. Lynch [View Slideshow] [Watch Video]


Filling the knowledge gaps to manage the challenges related to microplastics in the environment and food—Elke Anklam [View Slideshow] [Watch Video]


Session 1 Panel Discussion [Watch Video]

Moderator: Mark Hahn, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Elke Anklam, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Kay Ho, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Kara Lavender Law, Sea Education Association

Jennifer M. Lynch, National Institute of Standards and Technology and Hawaii Pacific University

Amy V. Uhrin, Marine Debris Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Session 2: Understanding the Effects of Microplastics on Human Health


Session 1 Introduction—Gina Solomon [Watch Video]


Data Needs to Evaluate Human Exposures to Microplastics in Air & Water—Greg Zarus [View Slideshow] [Watch Video]


Towards reducing uncertainty in the Human health risk assessment of MicroplasticsThava Palanisami [View Slideshow] [Watch Video]


Microplastics in Seafood—Garth Covernton [View Slideshow] [Watch Video]


Microplastics and Nanoplastics in Food and Agriculture—Hongda Chen [View Slideshow] [Watch Video]


Adverse Effects of Microplastics in Aquatic Ecosystems are Questionable—Allen Burton [View Slideshow] [Watch Video]


Session 2 Panel Discussion [Watch Video]

Moderator: Gina Solomon, University of California, San Francisco and Public Health Institute

Allen Burton, University of Michigan

Hongda Chen, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Garth Covernton, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Victoria

Thava Palanisami, Global Innovative Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials

Nigel Walker, Division of the National Toxicology Program, National Institue of Environmental Health Sciences

Greg Zarus, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Day 1 Closing Remarks—Mark Hahn [Watch Video]


Welcome and Framing Session 3Gina Solomon and Anil K. Patri [Watch Video]


Session 3: Reducing Microplastics in the Environment


No Plastics in Nature: Preventing secondary sources of microplastic in the environment—Rebecca Traldi [View Slideshow] [Watch Video]


The role of biodegradation in reducing microplastics in the environment—Kathleen McDonough [View Slideshow] [Watch Video]


Removal of microplastics from wastewater—Steve A. Carr [View Slideshow] [Watch Video]


Chemical Upcycling of Polymers to Revolutionize the Lifecycle of Plastics—Bruce Garrett [View Slideshow] [Watch Video]


Session 3 Panel Discussion [Watch Video]

Moderator: Gina Solomon, University of California, San Francisco and Public Health Institute

Steve A. Carr, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

Bruce Garrett, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy

Kathleen McDonough, Procter & Gamble

Rebecca Traldi, World Wildlife Fund


Session 4: Leveraging New Approaches to Inform Public Health and Policy Decisions


Introduction to Session 4—Kevin Elliott [Watch Video]


Microplastics: Law and Policy Landscape—Mary Ellen Ternes [View Slideshow] [Watch Video]


Session 4 Panel Discussion [Watch Video]

Moderator: Kevin Elliott, Michigan State University

Elke Anklam, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Brett Howard, American Chemistry Council

Mary Ellen Ternes, Earth & Water Law, LLC

Suzanne van Drunick, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Kimberly Warner, Oceana

Closing Remarks—Kathleen McDonough [Watch Video]