Emerging Technologies to Advance Research and Decisions on the Environmental Health Effects of Microplastics

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January 27-28, 2020


National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Keck Center, Room 100
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Note: A webcast will be available on our home page

Meeting Details

Microplastics—pieces of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters in size—have been detected throughout the environment. These tiny pieces of plastic, which can come from larger plastic debris, cosmetics, and clothes, have been found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink.

Despite the widespread prevalence of microplastics, little is known about the effects they may have on living things. What do we know about their impact on human health and the health of the environment?

This workshop will bring together the environmental science and health communities to explore how emerging technologies and research strategies could help address important environmental health questions about microplastics.

Participants will explore methods to detect and quantify microplastics in food and the environment, delve into research on the effects of microplastics on the health of humans and wildlife, and discuss ways to reduce microplastics in the environment. The workshop will end with a session on how these new approaches may be leveraged to inform public health and policy questions.

This event is public and free to attend. Join the conversation on Twitter with #ESEHDWorkshop

This event is made possible by the generous support of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Workshop Organizing Committee
  • Kevin C. Elliott, Michigan State University
  • Mark Hahn, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Kathleen McDonough, Procter & Gamble
  • Anil K. Patri, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Gina M. Solomon, Public Health Institute and University of California, San Francisco
Staff Leads