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1. Bayreuth Microplastics Symposium

02. – 04.03.2020, H24, RWI, University of Bayreuth and Iwalewahaus, Wölfelstraße 2, Bayreuth


Monday 02.03.2020
Opening & Get Together


Opening Note
Prof. Stefan Leible, President University of Bayreuth


Welcome Note
Prof. Christian Laforsch, Speaker SFB1357 Microplastics, University of Bayreuth


Keynote: „Microplastics in the oceans: Are there solutions to this global environmental challenge?”
Prof. Dr.  Richard Thompson, Plymouth University, UK


Get Together with Fingerfood and Drinks, Foyer RW I

Tuesday 03.03.2020          


Welcome and Introduction to the Collaborative Research Centre on Microplastics (SFB1357)
Christian Laforsch, Speaker SFB1357 Microplastics, University of Bayreuth

Introduction Stefan Krause: Sven Frei


River corridors as global hotspots of microplastic pollution
Stefan Krause, Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Introduction Thorsten Hüffer: Martin Obst


Interactions of microplastics with organic compounds in the environment - influence of particle aging on sorption and desorption
Thorsten Hüffer, Environmental Geosciences, Universität Wien,Austria


Coffee & Tea, Foyer RWI


A – Projects: Biological effects
Heike Feldhaar, Animal Ecology I, University of Bayreuth


B – Projects: Environmental behavior and migration in and between ecosystems
Stefan Peiffer, Hydrology, University of Bayreuth


C – Projects: Mechanisms of degradation of plastics in natural and technical systems
Seema Agarwal, Macromolecular Chemistry II, University of Bayreuth


Lunch Foyer RWI


Introduction Bruno de Wilde: Seema Agarwal

Biodegradation: one principle, many nuances
Bruno de Wilde, OWS, Gent, Belgium


Introduction Michael Sander: Stefan Peiffer

Biodegradable polymers: What I think they are and what I think we shouldn’t think they are!
Michael Sander, Environmental Chemistry, ETH Zürich, Switzerland


Introduction Wendel Wohlleben: Andreas Greiner

Characterization of Colloidal Systems
Wendel Wohlleben, Senior Principal Scientist, BASF, Germany

Coffee & Tea


Introduction Dietmar Schlosser: Marcus Horn

Microbial degradation of conventional plastics: opportunities, limitations and a fungal perspective
Dietmar Schlosser, Environmental Mycology, UFZ Leipzig, Germany


Introduction Ulf Stein: Christian Laforsch

The BMBF Research Focus "Plastic in the Environment – Sources • Sinks • Solutions”
Ulf Stein, Institute of Ecology, Berlin, Germany

16:00Closing and Lab Tour at the Collaborative Research Centre Microplastics SFB1357

Dinner, Restaurant Sudpfanne, Bayreuth                                                               

Wednesday 04.03.2020

8:00 - 13:00

Art meets Science…from Plastic to Microplastic

  • Art Exhibition and Art Workshop with the southafrican artist Mbongeni Buthelezi
  • SFB Microplastics Science Rallye in cooperation with the team of Prof. Marco Beeken, University of Osnabrück

Iwalewahaus, Wölfelstraße 2, Bayreuth


Bayreuther Stadtgespräch (Public Talk in German)

"Das Kunststoffzeitalter: Unsachliche Berichterstattungen zum Thema Mikroplastik verunsichern Verbraucher. Was Forscher wirklich (nicht) wissen und zukunftsweisende Lösungsansätze"

  • Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch
  • Mbongeni Buthelezi, Artist, South Africa

Iwalewahaus, Wölfelstraße 2, Bayreuth


Kunstauktion / Art auction, Iwalewahaus

Three associations and one project! Bayreuth artists donate their artworks to support an organized childcare for international visiting guest scientists. This event will take place after the SFB 1357 Microplastic events and is organized by Wir helfen in Bayreuth, Internationaler Club der Universität and Kunstverein.

You find more detailed information about our speakers and the different venues in Bayreuth in our programme (PDF).

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