A new International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic will bring together experts on marine plastics to share new and emerging knowledge and best practices. 

The symposium will bring together experts on marine plastics to share knowledge and best practices, with the ultimate goal to feed into the Arctic Council’s regional action plan for the Arctic.

When: 21-23 April, 2020
Where: Reykjavík, Iceland
Key dates:

  • 1 November 2019 - Early bird registration ends
  • 1 December 2019 - Abstract submission deadline
  • 15 January 2020 - Acceptance of abstracts finalized
  • 1 February 2020 - Program finalized; End of registration

Learn more and register here.

Iceland holds the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from May 2019 to May 2021 and the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2019. In both roles, the Icelandic Government is focused on the ocean, and particularly on the fight against plastic in the marine environment.

Therefore, the Government of Iceland has decided to host the first International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers in connection with the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. On behalf of the government of Iceland, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, and the Ministry of Industries and Innovation are responsible for the preparation of the Symposium.

Sponsors of the symposium are the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the OSPAR Commission, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC), the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute of Iceland, the Harvard Kennedy School and the International Arctic Science Committee.