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Sustainability and Plastics

Sustainability and Plastics


When: 9.30 am - 3.30 pm, 13 July 2022

Where: Radcliffe Conference Centre

Registration deadline: 10 July 2022

Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group - Research with Impact

As part of our efforts to achieve the Sustainable Developments Goals that have been set out by the United Nations, we must tackle the unprecedented levels of plastic waste that is generated by society. To this end, we are organising an event on ‘Sustainability and Plastics’, aiming to bring the key Warwick researchers who are actively involved in sustainability research across the plastic value chains, from polymer chemistry, processing and manufacturing, data science, environmental science, business management, social science and beyond. Through this event, we hope to build a Warwick community on ‘sustainable plastics’, to identify key challenges, bridge the knowledge gaps, link our research strengths and explore joint solutions.

Who should attend: 

We welcome colleagues from all three faculties who are interested in interdisciplinary research and would like to explore the topic of Plastics and Sustainability. This event is ‘in person’ and will have an external facilitator guiding the activities. You will be required to engage in pre-event materials (to be updated here). If the event is oversubscribed or you cannot attend on this occasion, please do contact  Dr. Chaoying Wan, Chaoying dot Wan at warwick dot ac dot uk. We will keep a waiting list and will be in touch to discuss your inclusion with this event, subsequent networking opportunities and the outcomes from the activity and forward momentum.

Sponsored by Warwick Global Research Priorities (GRPs) : Sustainable Cities ; Innovative Manufacturing & Future Materials ; Energy




Speaker and more information


Networking Arrivals/Registration

Radcliffe reception and lounge
10.00 - 10.10

Opening welcome and Overview


Space 30, Radcliffe

  • Prof Kerry Kirwan, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research)
  • Prof Gary Bending, Director of School of Life Science
10:10 -11:15

Interdisciplinary research on ‘Sustainability and Plastics' and discussion

To present and introduce your research related to the topic (Sustainability and Plastics (, to identify the challenges and explore nexus to solutions. Group discussion by sharing your expertise and experiences, including the actions you have taken to overcome barriers.

Feel free to post the relevant information to Sustainability and Plastics (

11:15 -11.30 Coffee break and networking Radcliffe Lounge
11.30 - 11.55 Prioritisation and Development of the Challenges To deepen our understanding of possible ways we might move forwards on research to overcome some of the challenges we have identified
11:55 -12:05

Opportunities in research and funding

Dr. Matthew Finerty, Head of Research and Development, WMG
Cathy Smith - Trusts and Foundations Development Executive
Outlining some of the research and funding opportunities that are available currently and on the horizon.
12:05 -12.25

Industry engagement and ‘Polymer club’

Prof Stefan Bon, Department of Chemistry
Rachael Kirwan, Industry and Stake Holder Forum

12.25 - 12.30

Preparation for Open Forum

Before we break for lunch we will provide details of the afternoon session so you can reflect on what challenges you want to explore in the afternoon


Lunch and networking

Radcliffe Restaurant and coffee lounge
13.30-14.30 Identify Options for the Future: The way forward, how can we promote Sustainability in Plastics across the value chains, and how can we work together in Warwick Science Faculty? Open Forum - share ideas that you would like to discuss further - 2 rounds - 25 mins each
Review of the day, outline the ideas and next steps; upcoming events
14.30 - 14.45 Coffee break and networking Radcliffe Lounge
14.45 - 15.15 Team Updates and Sign Up: Opportunity to share what each team has been working on during previous session

You will be able to sign up to any of the ideas where you think you could make a significant contribution

Prepare to share back your highlights - 90 seconds

  • What did you explore
  • Why is this so exciting that others should join you!
  • What is the next step
  • What do you need from others here today or other connections
15.15 - 15.30 Wrap Up and Close

An opportunity to explore how the ideas and connections from the day can be further developed and how to access the resources generated today


Please add me to the ‘Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group’ mailing list for upcoming events and updates (required)
Privacy notice

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