Ocean Plastics Lab
Successful start of the international traveling exhibition in Turin and Paris
The Ocean Plastics Lab is a public exhibition about science. It is motivated by the enormous scale of the problem of plastics in the ocean and the important role of science in society. Every day, we all use bottles, pens, bags, etc. made of plastic. It is difficult to do without this material. Unfortunately, it is often not recycled or disposed properly. Every hour the equivalent of about 35 shipping containers filled with plastic is released into the seas and oceans. Recent studies estimate that over 5 trillion plastic pieces are currently floating in the oceans. This plastic causes a danger to the marine flora and fauna and with it also threatens human well-being.
The four exhibition containers inform the general public about the work of over 50 scientific groups around the world to understanding and tackling the complex problem of plastics in the ocean. In the context of current discussions about science in society, the Lab demonstrates science’s fundamental role in understanding and tackling societal challenges and highlights that society is an integral part of science.
The Ocean Plastics Lab is a German contribution to the implementation of the G7 Action Plan in the fight against marine pollution and is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) together with the German Marine Research Consortium, supported by the European Commission and other partners.
The Lab was opened in Turin, Italy on September 27th by European Commissioner for Research and Innovation Carlos Moedas, German Federal Minister for Education and Research Johanna Wanka, President of the Regional Council of Piedmont Mauro Laus.
After two weeks in Turin, the exhibition moved to City Hall Square in Paris, where it was shown from 4-17 November. In Paris, we had the pleasure to welcome Nobel Peace Prize Laureat Muhammad Yunus as well as Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut of Germany and Counsellor Hermano Sanches Ruivo of the Mairie de Paris in the exhibition.
In 2018, it is planned to take the exhibition to Brussels (Belgium), Washington D.C. (USA) and Ottawa (Canada). Further details will follow here.