Biospheric Microplastics Research Cluster July 2022: Festival of Nature and other activities

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Children taking part in activities at the Festival of Nature

We have been incredibly busy over the past few months getting involved in public engagement activities, working with schools to educate young children and continuing our important research in the Biospheric Microplastics field.

In June, the team headed to the Festival of Nature to deliver activities aimed at educating young children about Microplastics.

The team had several activities that all helped to demostrate the importance and dangers of Microplastics. There was a sandpit with coloured beads representing different types of microplastics that users could hunt and apportion to those microplastics, as well as microscopes for people to see what microplastics looked like close up. Additionally there was a UV light to bring hidden microplastics to life and colouring in tables where they could draw or colour in their own microplastics

The team encouraged visitors to use a letterbox so that the pictures could be used in the future school packs we are developing.

Ben with schoolchildren in Ysgol Llanhari in Wales, answering questions about air pollution

Ben has been invited to give a Keynote at the PlasticsFuture Conference 2022 and has also joined the editorial board of Cambridge University Press’s new Prisms:Plastics Journal.

The team have been busy developing several microplastics PhD opportunities which we will share as soon as possible.

We look forward to sharing more updates with you soon. Have a lovely Summer.

Ben, Steph and Freya

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