Interdisciplinary Perspective on Micro- and Nano-plastics
Micro- and nano-plastics are pieces of plastic of a size between 5 millimeters and 1 nanometer that have infiltrated everything on earth, including the top of mount Everest and the air we breathe. Microplastic problem is getting more and more attention: from alarming news articles to TV series episodes. But what do we know about microplastics' causes? How can we solve the problem?
Complex global challenges such as microplastics need an interdisciplinary approach. By joining this summer school you will have a 360 education on the topic of microplastic. You will learn about causes and solutions from the perspective of different disciplines: medicine, environmental sciences, social sciences, political sciences, philosophy, waste engineering and the creative industry. Additionally, you will be trained on practical skills, like how to work in interdisciplinary teams and how to design effective interventions.
The following topics will be discussed:
What are the definitions, characteristics and causes of microplastic pollution?
What are the effects of microplastic on human health and the environment?
What are the advantages of plastic packaging over other existing materials?
How to reflect on global problems like microplastics from a philosophical perspective?
What are technical, political and creative solutions to plastic pollution and microplastic?
How to effectively raise awareness on microplastics and stimulate behavior change?
How to work in interdisciplinary teams?
We will offer a programme balancing theory, practice and fun: you will attend a week of lectures, group works, workshops, hands-on activities, excursions and social events.
By joining this summer school, you will learn about a topic of high societal importance, discover how to work together with people from different backgrounds, network with young students interested in global challenges like you.
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