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The Future of Plastic

Thanks to campaigns like The War on Waste, plastic has become public enemy number one. But what of the other side to plastic – its astonishing variety of form and uses, from electronics to transport to buildings to emerging renewable energy solutions? Do we need to give plastic the flick for good?

When: Tuesday, August 13 2019. 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Where: Glyn Davis Theatre (B117)
Glyn David Building (Melbourne School of Design), The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, 3010
Topic: Environment and nature, Health and medical, Innovation and technology
Cost: Free
Bookings: science-festival@unimelb.edu.au
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/science-festival-keynote-the-future-of-plastic-tickets-65384124677
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Thanks to campaigns like The War on Waste, plastic has become public enemy number one. Plastic waste is indeed a global environmental – and potentially health – problem, requiring us to change long-held wasteful habits, alongside significant political will and innovative solutions. But what of the other side to plastic – its astonishing variety of form and uses, from electronics to transport to buildings to emerging renewable energy solutions? Do we need to give plastic the flick for good or do we just need to be smarter about the kinds of plastics we produce, and how, where, and what we use them for?

We are hosting panelists from a mix of backgrounds with expertise in key sub-themes of this, including:

  • The long-term environmental impacts of plastic
  • Potential solutions to the plastic waste problem
  • New and emerging plastics and applications
  • Health risks from plastics
Contact details:

Emily Badge
University of Melbourne
Email: science-festival@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: 03 8344 9047

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