SCIENCE WEEK: The Future of Plastic

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 18:30
Glyn Davis Theatre, Melbourne School of Design


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?

Join us for an expert panel discussion and Q&A followed by a reception, where you can mix with the speakers and visit the Science Gallery exhibition 'Disposable'.

Presented by the Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne, in association with Science Gallery Melbourne.

Moderator: Tanya Ha. Tanya is an award-winning environmentalist, best-selling author, broadcaster, science journalist and sustainable living advocate.

Emily Potter, Deakin University. Emily is a cultural and literary studies researcher of environmental practices

Dr Mark Green, University of Melbourne: Mark is the Merck Serono Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Biology and group leader in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Uta Wille, University of Melbourne: Uta is a physical organic chemist whose work focuses on fundamental radical chemistry.

Jimmy Cordwell, Australian Marine Conservation Society. Jimmy studied Environmental Conservation and has since worked in marine advocacy and education roles all around the country.