Plastics: from rivers to sea and into me

Theme days
Friday, 18 September 09:30

Due to the Corona measures, this NCK themeday has been rescheduled from 17th April to 18th of September. The programme still needs to be confirmed and is preliminary. 

On the 18th of September, the NCK community will gather to discuss the 'hot topic' of plastic pollution in rivers, seas, oceans and living organisms. We aim to give a broad overview of the topic, reflected by the wide range in subjects of the presentations. We will exchange knowledge on the transport processes of plastics in rivers, seas and oceans and the link of plastic pollution in sediment and living organisms. Also, there is plenty of opportunity to network and discuss new collaborations during this theme day.

The venue is the Museum voor Volkenkunde, Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS Leiden (museum website | view location in Google Maps). The museum is at walking distance of the main train station of Leiden.

Please register via the green button on top of this page. 

The preliminary programme is as follows:

09:30 - 10:00 Registration, coffee and tea
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome
10:10 - 10:40 Bart Koelmans (WUR): Characterising microplastic in the context of risks
10:40 - 11:00 Wim Uijttewaal (TUD): Dynamics of plastics in flow
11:00 - 11:20 Tim van Emmerik (WUR): Riverine macroplastics and how to find them
11:20 - 11:50 Coffee/tea break
11:50 - 12:10 Frans Buschman (Deltares): Transport of microplastics from Dutch rivers to the sea
12:10 - 12:30 Johan van der Molen (NIOZ): Micro-plastic transport modelling in the North Sea, with application to MSC Zoe
12:30 - 12:50 Erik van Sebille (UU): Ocean currents and marine plastic pollution
12:50 - 13:00 Short discussion: challenges and open questions
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:20 Katja Philippart (tentative) (WA, NIOZ, UU): Plastic Pollution Wadden Sea
14:20 - 14:40 Arjen Markus (Deltares): Interplay of microplastics and mud: from laboratory scale to dredging volumes
14:40 - 15:00 Suse Kuhn (WMR): Effect of plastics on marine ecology
15:00 - 15:20 Maria Westerbos (Plastic Soup Foundation): Health risks of plastics
15:20 - 16:00 Discussion: challenges and open questions
16:00 - 17:00 Drinks


This theme day is organised by Maarten van der Vegt (UU), Martin Baptist (WMR) and Julia Vroom (Deltares/NCK).

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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