Plastics: from rivers to sea and into me

Theme days
Friday, 18 September

This succesful webinar was recorded and can be watched at:



On the 18th of September, the NCK community will gather online 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. 

Due to the Corona measures, this NCK themeday will be held online. 


The programme is as follows:

13:30 - 13:40 Welcome
13:40 - 13:55 Bart Koelmans (WUR): An introduction to plastics and the environment
13:55 - 14:10 Tim van Emmerik (WUR): Riverine macroplastics and how to find them
14:10 - 14:25 Frans Buschman (Deltares): Transport of microplastics from Dutch rivers to the sea
14:25 - 14:35 Break
14:35 - 14:50 Johan van der Molen (NIOZ): Micro-plastic transport modelling in the North Sea, with application to MSC Zoe
14:50 - 15:05 Victor Onink (Univ. of Bern): Ocean plastic: from the coasts to the open ocean
15:05 - 15:20 Katja Philippart (WA, NIOZ, UU): Plastic Pollution Wadden Sea
15:20 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 15:45 Arjen Markus (Deltares): Interplay of microplastics and mud: from laboratory scale to dredging volumes
15:45 - 16:00 Suse Kuhn (WMR): Effect of plastics on marine ecology
16:00 - 16:15 Jeroen Dagevos (Plastic Soup Foundation): Health risks of plastics
16:15 - 17:00 Discussion: challenges and open questions


This theme day is organised by Maarten van der Vegt (UU), Martin Baptist (WMR), Bob Smits (Deltares) 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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