At the end of March I attended the 28th Irish Environmental Research Colloquium (ENVIRON 2018), held March 26th to 28th at the Cork Institute of Technology. The topic of this year’s colloquium was “Arriving at a Sustainable Future”, so the simultaneous sessions covered such varied topics as Ecotoxicology, Marine & Coastal Sciences, Water quality, and Waste Management.
At the conference I presented a poster showing my findings from my work with Lemna minor and polyethylene microbeads.
There were two talks covering microplastic pollution which I really enjoyed: “Are Microplastics Disrupting the Biological Pump?” (NUIG) and “Source and Pathways of Microplastics to Freshwater and the Environmental Consequences” (UCD). I also got the chance to meet other PhD Researchers presenting posters on research close to my field of study. It was great to meet PhD researcher James O’Connor from MFRC (GMIT). He works on the EPA-funded project on “Potential Pathways, Trophic Transfer and Bio-Indicators of Microplastics in Irish Freshwater Systems”.