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DAY 1 Thursday 26 April 2018

11:00 – 13:00

Registration and welcome lunch

13:00 – 13:05

Welcome
Moderator

13:05 – 13:15

Plastics, a sustainable material with a challenge
Setting the Scene by Daniele Ferrari, President, PlasticsEurope and CEO, Versalis

13:15 – 13:45

Europe's commitment & Plastics Strategy
Keynote by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment

13:45 - 14:30

Marine litter: a scientific perspective
Moderated discussion and sharing scientific perspectives, followed by Q&A with;

  • François Galgani, French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER)
  • Richard Thompson, Plymouth University

14:30 – 14:45

Networking coffee

14:45 - 15:50

Tackling a global challenge
Presentations by high level representatives from governments and international consortiums, panel discussion, followed by Q&A

15:50 -15:55

Video Message from Cycle to Recycle I
Matthieu et Quentin - 2 cousins cycling the world to spotlight plastic waste solutions

15:55 – 16:50

The European path forward towards a cleaner marine environment
Presentations followed by panel discussion & Q&A by leading European political authorities/Industry/NGOs/consortiums

16:50 – 17:05

Networking coffee

17:05 – 18:05

Shared Strategies for the Mediterranean region: issues and challenges
Provide common solutions bearing in mind the specificities of the Mediterranean region, with presentations of political authorities/Industry/NGOs/consortiums, panel discussion and Q&A
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  • Stefano Ciafani, Executive Director Legambiente

18:05 – 18:20

Summary and closing words day 1
Moderator

18:20 – 19:00

Networking cocktails

19:00 – 22:30

Evening programme and dinner

Welcome by Daniele Ferrari, President, PlasticsEurope and CEO, Versalis

Dinner speech

DAY 2 Friday 27 April 2018

8:30 – 9:00

Registration and coffee

9:00 – 9:05

Welcome
Moderator

9:05 – 9:30

Global Industry’s commitments
Keynote by Jim Seward, chair World Plastics Council, LyondellBasell


9:30 - 10:15

Industry Efforts and Sharing Best Practices
Short speeches on industry solutions and efforts by value chain representatives, panel discussion and Q&A

10:15 - 10:20

Video Message from Cycle to Recycle II
Matthieu et Quentin - 2 cousins cycling the world to spotlight plastic waste solutions
10:20 - 11:20

Research & Innovation to find Solutions to Marine Litter
Presentations followed by panel discussion & Q&A by leading Financial institutes/Industry/NGOs/Commission

  • Guido Sonnemann, University of Bordeaux: The importance of Life Cycle Assessment for Marine Litter

11:20 – 11:35

Networking coffee

11:35 - 12:35

Changing Behaviour Marine litter
Presentations and insight on the importance of changing behaviour, followed by panel discussion & Q&A by leading Universities/ Industry/NGOs/ consortiums

  • Lesley Henderson, Senior Lecturer, Sociology/Communications, Brunel University

12:35 – 13:20

Lunch

13:20 - 12:35

Alternative views on waste collection & recycling – global experiences

13:35 - 14:35

The importance of Waste Management
Debating and sharing solutions on the role of waste management infrastructures, collecting systems, education with;

  • Ziad Abichaker, SYNERGOS Social Entrepreneur & Founder, Cedar Environmental, UNEP SwitchMed Programme (Lebanon)
  • Javier Goyeneche, Founder and President, ECOALF Spain
14:35 – 14:40

Wrap-up
Moderator

14:40 – 14:45

Closing remarks
Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope