Global Research and Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) 2021

Global Research and Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) was a conference, exhibition and showcase held online. It was hosted by the UK Circular Plastics Network, organised by KTN and supported by Innovate UK, EPSRC and UKRI. Its aim is to bring together companies and individuals to highlight the best of the UK and selected international activities which will lead to plastics and persistent polymers being less likely to reach landfills, end up incinerated, or become fugitive in the environment. Recordings available now!

Event Details
When

16/03/2021

09.00 - 17.00

Where

Online

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Global Research and Innovation in Plastics Sustainability was a conference, exhibition and showcase held on 16th – 18th March 2021 online. It brought together companies and individuals to highlight the best of the UK and selected international activities which will lead to plastics* being less likely to reach landfill, end up incinerated, or become fugitive in the environment. Watch the recordings below.

Webinar recordings are now available

Research and innovation from both the academic and industrial community will be showcased. The event will provide a platform to help develop commercial success of these developments and build links within the polymer/plastics supply chain to strengthen the offer to UK and wider international actors in application sectors such as plastic packaging/FMCG, construction, agriculture, textiles, healthcare, etc. *including tyres, synthetic textiles and bio-based or compostable polymers.

Registration is free to delegates

Organised and run by KTN, supported by UKRI, hosted by UK Circular Plastics Network.

“This will be the UK’s biggest sustainability in plastics research and innovation event of 2021 and sets the scene to grow the conference internationally over the coming years.

Its aim is to bring together companies and individuals to highlight the best of the UK and selected international activities which will lead to plastics and persistent polymers being less likely to reach landfills, end up incinerated, or become fugitive in the environment.”

Dr. Sally Beken, UKCPN Programme Lead

What's on at GRIPS 2021?

  • Exhibition and conference
  • Online attendee networking platform
  • Academic speaker programme of cutting-edge research in plastics, including behaviour change and business modelling
  • Business led programme of innovations in plastic sustainability
  • Pitching event – highlighting a UK & international funded projects
  • A seminar session showcasing Research Councils support for plastics and polymers research
  • Student poster session
  • Investment panel where potential investable ideas will be presented

Related programmes

UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN)

UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN)

The UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN) aims to bring together the diverse users of plastic products and realise the best means for reducing plastic waste entering the environment through a programme of networking and knowledge-sharing events and related support activities.

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