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In collaboration with the Norwegian Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology (NSFT), the Plastics Network organizes the meeting “Plastic and plastic additives – impacts on human and environmental health” November 11th in Bergen.
30 UiB students and collaborators attended the Rein Hardangerfjord (Clean Hardangerfjord) event the 15th of September. The project has been called “the world’s biggest plastic waste clean-up”. You can see photos from the clean-up in Kvam here.
Publishing data and articles is one of the most important things a researcher does. It is then very important that your publications get noticed and used in further science – and that often means cited.
Finally, the Plastics Network got a chance to gather and for the first time connect their members face-to-face in a seminar 23 November.
"I believe that we have a duty as research scientists to appropriately communicate the global efforts to understand plastic and microplastic pollution," says Amy Lusher, researcher of Environmental Contaminants at NIVA, and at the Department of Biological Sciences at UiB.
In a new research project NORCE, The University of Bergen (UiB) and voluntary organizations are collaborating to find out how plastic pollution affects landscapes along the coast - and what happens when the plastic is removed.
"Politicians need proper advice and that is where we as scientists need to contribute as active researchers and communicators", says Tanja Kögel, a researcher at the Institute of Marine Research, and the Department of Biological Sciences at UiB.
“With this commemoration, the Plastic Whale Heritage alliance and the University of Bergen want to help ensure that the Plastic Whale’s message is not forgotten – the health of our oceans is at stake, and we must act now.”
The University of Bergen and its partners collected four tonnes of plastic waste during this year’s plastic clearing drive. By comparison, 1.5 kg of plastic were found in the stomach of the Plastic Whale.
As part of the University of Bergen’s marine research initiative, an interdisciplinary network on plastic pollution has been set up for researchers, PhD candidates and students.