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Impact of microplastics on human and planetary health

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  • Online via Zoom
  • Contact Detailsalumni@uow.edu.au


Join our Global Climate Change Week (GCCW) webinar to hear how microplastics form, the impact they have on our environment and what governments can do to better protect our health and our planet. Our panellists will be myth busting common misunderstandings.

We will also explore alternatives to using plastic and how, as individuals, we can begin to reduce the use of plastics in our environment and so reduce the impact on our health.

Our expert panel

Karen Raubenheimer, Sarah Dunlop, Michael Stapleton

Dr Karen Raubenheimer
Senior Lecturer at Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong

Karen is currently leading the Nordic Report on elements of a new global agreement to combat plastic pollution, analysing the effectiveness of existing and potential response options and activities with regard to marine litter and microplastics. Karen is also the lead author of the 2017 UN Environment Programme assessment on the effectiveness of international and regional governance frameworks to prevent marine plastic litter and microplastics. 

Dr Sarah Dunlop
Head, Plastics and Human Health at Minderoo Foundation & E/Professor, University of Western Australia

Sarah currently leads the Plastics & Human Health Research Program at the Minderoo Foundation, Perth, a modern philanthropic organisation seeking effective, scalable solutions to the biggest problems confronting humanity, including plastic pollution. The Program seeks to eliminate harm to human health during plastic production, use and waste management.  

Michael Stapleton
UOW Graduate and current UOW PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering with a focus on sustainable waste management practices.

Michael is an Environmental Engineer who is passionate about sustainable waste management practices. He is currently doing his PhD at University of Wollongong with his focus being on issues associated with plastic recycling.  Michael hopes to have gained significant insights into his chosen area of research and that the findings can be used within the industry to prompt change and current practice.

The webinar will be facilitated by Karen Charlton, Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Wollongong.

You can send through your questions prior to the webinar for our panel to answer at alumni@uow.edu.au 



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