Our Waste, Our World, Our Future

Come along and be informed about the scientific research on the impact of plastics and how to turn plastic pollution into a high-quality product. These three presentations will help you understand what some of the environmental challenges plastic pollution poses, and what you can do to help.

When: Tuesday, August 15 2017. 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: IMAS Aurora Lecture Theatre
IMAS Building, 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point, TAS, 7004
Topic: Environment and nature, Innovation and technology
Cost: Free
Bookings: Eventbrite
Other: Wheelchair access
More info: anita.gowers@utas.edu.au

Our three speakers will provide a range of perspectives about the challenges of plastic and what we can do in our everyday to help.

Dr Heidi Auman has worked as a biologist for most of the past 25 years, focusing mainly on seabird biology.  Her research is global in nature with a preference for isolated islands, including those of the US Great Lakes, sub-tropical Midway Atoll, sub-Antarctic Heard Island, and Tasmania.  Her specialisations focus upon human impacts on seabirds, including plastic debris ingestion, toxicology, human disturbance, physiology, urbanisation, and diet.

Dr Scott Ling has spent two decades working in and out of the water and his research spans a broad range of temperate marine ecological challenges. He is also an award winning science educator and communicator. Scott will present his work on plastic microbeads and their impact on the environment.

Luise Grossman, environmental campaigner, one of the founders of the Five Oceans initiative that aims to establish productive recycling infrastructures, will discuss the development of the ecoFIn, the world’s first surfboard fin made from recycled plastic waste from some of the world’s most polluted beaches in Indonesia and show a short video.

This is a free event so come along and be part of the solution.