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Sustainable Feedstock and Materials for Plastic Production and Replacement - 24 September 2019

Bioplastics and biocompostible materials may become a crucial component in the drive to create a fully sustainable and circular bio-economy. This workshop aims to build a network between researchers at the University of Cambridge and companies that manufacture or use packaging, to enable collaborations to work on sustainable materials for replacement of current packaging.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact Professor Paul Dupree ( or Professor James Elliott ( for further information.

The one day workshop will take place on the 24th September 2019 at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge.


The Social Life of Plastics - 7-8 November 2019

This workshop will explore the social life of plastic and seeks contributions from a range of disciplines including but not limited to anthropology, sociology, area studies, STS, history, economics, linguistics and geography. Of particular interest are the entanglements between humans and non-humans that plastics bring about; the problematisation of plastics in the public sphere; pollution, contamination and toxicity; citizen science; and the enrolment of plastics in circular and ethical economies.

The workshop is on 7-8 November 2019. If you would like more information please contact Professor Brigitte Stegers (