The UK urgently needs to address growing concern around the environmental impact of plastics in packaging. While industry has committed to this challenge through the UK Plastic Pact and other initiatives, there is a need to catalyse and coordinate activity across the supply and knowledge chains.

NERC, on behalf of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), is working with Innovate UK to convene a scoping workshop which aims to bring together members of the research and innovation communities with an interest in the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge and to strengthen collaboration, enabling greater interdisciplinary working. The SSPP Challenge aims to establish the UK as a leading innovator in smart and sustainable plastic packaging for consumer products, delivering cleaner growth across the supply chain, with a dramatic reduction in plastic waste entering the environment by 2025.

This workshop aims to:

  • Communicate the remit and objectives of the SSPP programme
  • Bring together researchers and industry from a variety of disciplines with interests in sustainable plastic packaging research and innovation
  • Discuss the scope of the Enabling Research work stream, which aims to establish an interdisciplinary consortium of academic-led co-created research and development
  • Seek input on key research and innovation challenges and opportunities

UKRI would like to enable a broad range of researchers with interest in activities related to the SSPP to attend the meeting. As such this is open to researchers across all disciplines including relevant social, cultural and ethical, environmental, economic, legal and regulatory, technological, process and behavioural expertise. With particular encouragement for researchers with interest in and/or experience of working across disciplinary fields.

Places are limited. Participants to the event will be selected to ensure an appropriate balance of expertise and institutional representation. To apply for a place to attend the scoping workshop please complete the online application form by 16:00 on Wednesday 30 October 2019. We will notify those who have applied by Monday 4 November whether they will be invited to attend.

Please note that the cost of attending the workshop will be the responsibility of the attendee.