Upcoming Event

Emerging Technologies to Advance Research and Decisions on the Environmental Health Effects of Microplastics

January 27, 2020 - January 28, 2020
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Location: Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth St. NW Washington DC 20001

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Microplastics -- pieces of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters in size -- have been detected throughout the environment. These tiny pieces of plastic, which can come from larger plastic debris, cosmetics, and clothes, have been found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink.

Despite the widespread prevalence of microplastics, little is known about the effects they may have on living things. What do we know about their impact on human health and the health of the environment?

This workshop will bring together the environmental science and health communities to explore how emerging technologies and research strategies could help address important environmental health questions about microplastics.

Participants will explore methods to detect and quantify microplastics in food and the environment, delve into research on the effects of microplastics on the health of humans and wildlife, and discuss ways to reduce microplastics in the environment. The workshop will end with a session on how these new approaches may be leveraged to inform public health and policy questions.