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Seminar Oberbeckmann

CRC 1357 Microplastics Seminar

We are looking forward to the first CRC 1357 Microplastic Seminar in 2023 and our guest Dr. Sonja Oberbeckmann from the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research and her talk: The microplastic microbiome. Live in H18 (NWII) and Online on 30th January 2023 via ZOOM.  ...more

Das Patriachat der Dinge

Workshop "The patriarchy of things - and how it influences my research".

In this workshop Dr. Elena Köstner und Prof. Heike Feldhaar would like to discuss with young scientists (m,f,d) if and how the "patriarchy of things" influences the research environment and research questions in the CRC 1357 Microplastics.   ...more

Brombachsee Mesocosm

New CRC 1357 publication:

Have you ever wondered how microplastic particles behave in a lake ecosystem? Do they sink or float? What happens in a stratified lake in summer? Are they stopped by the thermocline? Congratulations on these new findings directly from Lake Brombach!  ...more

DAAD scholarship

DAAD Graduate School PhD Scholarship Programme

You are a young international PhD student and looking for a scholarship? The University of Cologne offers the opportunity to pursue a doctorate as a part of the CRC 1357 Microplastics, supervised by the Geoscientist Prof. Dr. Christina Bogner (B06). The scholarship is funded for up to 4 years.  ...more


Event Brussels 9th March 2023

Register for this free event and discuss with us policy recommendations on microplastics, in particular for textile fibres, tire abrasion and pellet loss.   ...more

Anja Ramsperger wit tissue sample in the lab

New CRC 1357 press release:

Microplastics in human tissue samples: A New study of the CRC 1357 in cooperation with the EU projcet PlasticsFatE warns against drawing premature conclusions. Concerning the risks for humans, the evidence is less certain than the broad spectrum of publications might suggest  ...more

wide image with the crystal structure of the PETase enzyme

New CRC 1357 publication:

The handling of plastic waste poses a big challenge. Natural and engineered enzymes are new prospects for biological microplastic decomposition and recycling applications. The PET6 enzyme of the halophilic Vibrio gazogenes revealed a superior turnover and is a worthy subject to further study the PET degradation in marine environments.   ...more

wide image with food waste and degrading biodegradable packaging materials in solvents

New CRC 1357 publication:

Biodegradable packaging can help prevent the accumulation of plastic in our environment but conflicts with the need for high-performing packaging materials to reduce food waste. Compounding with vermiculite nanosheets can be a compelling concept to improve barrier properties while decreasing the system's price. Congratulation!  ...more

Clarivate: Highly Cited Researcher 2022

Dr. Martin Löder is Highly Cited Researcher 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Martin Löder! He is one of the 12 German scientists in the research field of environment and ecology awarded as Highly Cited Researchers by the Clarivate Ranking.   ...more

GRoup Picture Participants CRC 1357 Microplastics

CRC 1357 Microplastics receives 2nd Funding Period

The DFG is funding the CRC 1357 Microplastics for another four years. The collaborative research center investigates the increasing contamination of the environment by plastics worldwide and developing innovative solutions to counteract the ecological, health and economic dangers.  ...more

Polymerase K in dry form on black background

New CRC 1357 press release:

Proteinase K offers unique opportunities to degrade polymers like PLLA, which are of increasing economical and societal relevance. However, the technical application was hampered by the thermal lability. Thermal melt processing can be used to overcome these limitations. Congratulation!  ...more

Image excerpt from Arte Re Reportage. Researchers of the SFB 1357 examine a water sample from the Red Main.

Arte Re: CRC 1357 Microplastic

The Arte reportage series "Re:" tells people's stories - authentically and up close. This episode is about microplastics and the Collaborative Research Centre CRC 1357 at the University of Bayreuth.  ...more

Collaborative Research Centre 1357 Microplastics

The Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1357: "Microplastics - Understanding the mechanisms and processes of biological effects, transport and formation: From model to complex systems as a basis for new solutions" investigates the formation, migration and effects of microplastics and develops new approaches to solving this immense environmental problem.

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