Taking the next STEPS – towards sustainable plastics
Several concurrent developments are shaping the future of plastics
New production routes, new plastics, and new ways of governing the production and use of this important category of materials are needed to allow for more biobased production, increased recyclability, and better post-use management of plastics. These have been key themes within the cross-disciplinary research programme STEPS.
The STEPS programme welcomes you to an international plastics conference taking stock of where we are now, and where we need to go, to transition to a society where plastics are sustainably produced, used and recycled. The programme is funded by Mistra (the Swedish strategic environmental research foundation) since 2016.
We will explore research frontiers in biobased plastics production, including feedstock and polymers, examine current legislative and governance strategies aimed at the plastics industry, and analyse circularity and waste management options.
Three Interrelated Perspectives
The conference will explore plastics from three interrelated perspectives:
1) Biobased building blocks
2) Promising polymers
3) Plastic policymaking
The conference is open to researchers, students, industry representatives, and representatives from state organisations and civil society.
Call for Papers and Registration
The call for paper abstracts will open in late October 2019. We welcome abstracts from researchers, industry, and representatives from state and governmental organisations.
Registration: the registration will open in January.
Conference Fee: 1500 SEK. The fee includes all food and related conference costs. Free for students.