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Global Interest Groups: Microplastics


Participation in the Microplastics Interest Group (IG) is open to all interested parties. If you are not already a member, make sure you are signed in to your SETAC account and then click “Join Group” near the top of this page.

Mission and Purpose

The mission of the SETAC Microplastics IG is to support the advancement of scientific research on plastics particles of various sizes now found in every part of the environment, from lakes, rivers and oceans to agricultural soils. The IG will provide an official platform for collaboration on research and management of plastic particles in the environment.


The SETAC Microplastics IG will focus on plastic particles at the macro, micro and nano scale as well as fibers. 

Goals and Objectives


  • To grow the membership of the IG to include representatives from universities, government agencies and businesses working on or affected by plastic pollution
  • To work towards the development of global standards for the collection, extraction and analysis of plastics particles and as well as responses to exposure and ingestion.


  • Compile a list of interested researchers in the field of micro-plastics, and invite them to join the IG
  • Organize an event (meeting or session) at the SETAC North America and SETAC Europe annual meetings


  • Please contact members of the steering committee for further information.


The SETAC Microplastics IG was approved by the SETAC World Council in May 2018 and is currently developing this charter.

Founding Steering Committee

  • Paul Helm, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Canada
  • Violet Renick, Orange County Sanitation District
  • Sebastian Primpke, Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Germany
  • John W. Davis, Dow Chemical Company, USA
  • Britta Denise Hardesty, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
  • Susanne Brander, Oregon State University, USA
  • Chelsea Rochman, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Jelena Grbic, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Won Joon Shim, Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology
  • Amy L. Lusher, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway
  • Scott D. Dyer, Procter & Gamble, USA
  • Sam Athey, University of Toronto, Canada
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