IEEE OES Plastics in the Ocean Initiative

Brest 2022
2022 SeaTechWeek
Virtual Working Session 2021
Marine Litter Sessions at OBPS Workshop
Brest 2019
Oceans 2019
Brest 2018

Initiative Meetings, Meeting Reports, Assessments

The IEEE/OES initiative on marine debris in collaboration with GEO Blue Planet organized a first workshop in December 2018 in Brest. The results of this workshop are summarized in Garello et al. (2019). Thoughts on the issue are also expressed by Rene Garello in the article published in May 28, 2019.

The Town Hall at the OCEANS 2019 conference in Seattle on October 29, 2019 also provided more relevant material for the workshop.

The second workshop was organized by the Initiative on December 16-18, 2020. The proceedings and outcomes of this workshop are summarized in the workshop summary report. Among others, the draft road map was further developed and a case study on “Reducing Plastics in the Ocean within a Growing Global Economy: Understanding the Information Needs to Support Interventions” was initiated.

The third workshop was planned for late May/early June 2020 in Cascais, Portugal, but this workshop had to be postponed. A decision on the form (in person or virtual), location (if in person) and dates of the workshop is still pending.

The Initiative contributed to the Marine Litter Working Group of OBPS. A sequence of breakout session at the Evolving and Sustaining OBPS Workshop IV was held virtually on September 18-30, 2020. For more information on these sessions, see flyer and the Session Page.

Information on Session 6b is available here.

The Initiative contributed to the organization of a side event at the All-Atlantic 2021 Conference, which took place virtually on June 2 to 4, 2021. This session brought together 125 participants from 33 countries. For detailed information on the programme and access to presentations, recordings and feedback, see the event webpage.

The Initiative co-lead the organization of a parallel session at the GEO Symposium 2021 entitled “Building a community to address the challenge of marine debris. ” This session took place on June 23, 2021. Watch the session here ...

The Initiative is planning a set of virtual working sessions to be held on August 31-September 2, 2021. For more information on these session, see the MDV21 pages.

The Fifth Community Workshop of the IOC-UNESCO Ocean Best Practice System will take place on 20-24 September 2021.

This Initiative is sponsored by: