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workshop elba 2022

"Plastic at sea, solutions on the island"

marine ecology & plastic pollution

12th - 18th June

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Aims & Scope of the workshop

  • Meet with experts and get first-hand knowledge. Every day there will be lectures given by marine biologists working on plastic pollution, marine ecology, waste management, and more

  • “Learning by doing”. Join experts into the sea for a guided snorkeling tour, walk the beach, or field lab for microplastic studies & analysis and actively apply what you have learned

  • Take part in the development of a strategy/action plan and a baseline assessment on how to reduce plastic littering/use on the island of Elba 

  • Get in touch with the local authorities to encourage innovation, improve waste infrastructure and make them pledge to no plastic in Nature on the island

  • Enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea on an island in the Tuscan archipelago

  • Share with us one week of studies, brainstorming, fun activities, and exchange of knowledge

Requirements for participation

  • There are no requirements needed! 

  • The workshop is addressed to everyone who is interested!

meet with the experts

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Dr. Roman Lehner

Expert in micro-/nanoplastics and their impact on human health, co-founder of the Sail & Explore Association & workshop leader

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MSc Johanna Wiedling 

Expert in  marine ecology & biodegradable plastics, Sail & Explore expedition leader & workshop leader

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Dr. Silvia Galafassi 

Expert in the isolation of microplastic from different compartments (water and biota) and in the characterization of the microbial communities that adhere to it

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Dr. Tosca Ballerini

Expert in marine biology, scientific communication & Citizen Science/NGO work

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Dr. Valentina Costa

Expert in biodiversity and ecology of marine ecosystems with a focus on seagrass

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Dr. Martina Capriotti

Expert in eco-physiology of marine filter-feeders with a focus on the effects of endocrine disruptors

Workshop talks/lectures

The lectures given by the experts will include:

  • Fundamentals in marine ecology and the different habitats

  • The diversity and importance of plankton

  • Posidonia – Why seagrasses are important

  • Micro-/nanoplastics and their impact on the environment

  • Bioplastics – What are they and how do they behave in the aquatic environment

  • Global / European / Italian laws on plastic waste; actions that can be taken at the municipal level to reduce single-use plastics. Extended producer's responsibility, deposit return systems

  • ...

Workshop practical activities

The lectures will be accompanied by practical activities taking place in the afternoons and led by our experts. The activities will include:

  • Scientific microplastic beach sampling at the shoreline/beach 

  • Exploration of marine habitats (Posidonia) while snorkeling

  • Exploration of the littoral

  • Plankton and microplastic sampling & studying following international protocols

  • Estimation of your plastic footprint

workshop costs

The costs for participating in the workshop including accommodation & board (breakfast, lunch) are as follow :

For non-students 

For students 

Italian participants

CHF 550.- / EUR 530.-

CHF 450.- / EUR 430.-

EUR 350.-

Your travel costs to Elba and back home will be fully covered by our partner Movetia (car or / and train and ferry)

workshop PARTNER

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