The degradation of plastic materials and the numerous uses of nanomaterials in everyday products have led to the release of large quantities of micro- and nanoscale particles into the environment. While the use of plastics and manufactured nanomaterials has clear advantages, the particulate contamination that results from them can have harmful effects on health and ecosystems.
On 20 May, ANSES and the French National Research Agency (ANR) are organising a Scientific Encounters session entitled "Microplastics and nanomaterials: research on environment & health". Through an overview of the research work funded by the two agencies, the sources of exposure to these particles, the monitoring of their presence in the environment and their consequences for ecosystems and human health will be discussed. The event will also be an opportunity to share the recent work of the French Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices on the topic entitled "Plastic pollution: a ticking time bomb?".
One presentation will specifically focus on the development of innovative, sustainable nanomaterials that are safer for human health and the environment. At the end of the day, a panel of experts will take part in a discussion entitled "Micro/nano: from futility to utility".
This Scientific Encounters event is geared to the scientific community, environmental associations, professional organisations and public decision-makers.You can register and consult the program (in french only) on the event's website.
To review the plenary sessions and workshops now,
click on the corresponding links in the interactive programme below: