ExIST Quarterly Event: Plastics

Sorry, booking ended on : 01/11/2018

Start date: 01 / 11 / 2018
End date: 01 / 11 / 2018
Time: 8:30am - 11am
Venue: Sandy Park Conference Centre
Event speakers:

Event Description


Living with Plastics


The next ExIST event will take place on Thursday 1st November 2018 at Sandy Park. 

For this event, ExIST will explore the impact plastic is having on the planet combined with the science, research and development of alternative materials and technology.


The cost for this event is £15 (Inc VAT @ 20%) and is open for both members and non-members.

To pay by card, please click the button below or alternatively call the Chamber office on 01392 431133. To pay by cheque or BACS, we must receive payment in advance before we are able to book you in.

Places have to be booked in advance to confirm attendance.




Jessica Hickie, Environment Agency

Jessica Hickie was appointed as Programme Manager for the Environment Agency’s Plastics and Sustainability Team in 2018. The team runs programmes with communities, businesses, government and schools with the vision to make plastic pollution a thing of the past.

Jessica's team communicate complicated science in a way that is appropriate to the audience for all types of groups to be able to engage with the issues and understand their part to play in making plastic pollution a thing of the past and take appropriate action.

They support innovation and aim to motivate and inspire future generations to go into STEM subjects to find solutions to the complex issues that are being faced. They also engage communities with citizen science around plastics to make the issues personal to them to again motivate change.


Dr Don Wellings, SpheriTech Ltd

SpheriTech is an independent research, development, and manufacturing company focused on developing novel and innovative polymeric materials which offer wide-ranging application solutions to clients within the life science research, biotechnology, and healthcare industries.

Don will be speaking about how SpheriTech new scientific advances to produce biodegradable and bio-compatible polymers of wide applicability can be simply made from naturally occurring and renewable resources. 


Dr Mark Hennen, ARGANS Ltd

Mark will speak about how using data from the European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus fleet of satellites, ARGANS is using novel techniques to establish the feasibility of observing floating plastic litter from orbit.

Multiple remote sensing techniques are being applied to multispectral data in an attempt to establish a radiometric signature, unique to floating ocean plastics. The results of our research in this area will aid in the locating and tracking of marine plastics.


Row for the Ocean

Founded by Ros, Kirsty and Kate, the Row for the Ocean team will row 3000 miles across the Atlantic to raise awareness of the ocean plastics crisis in December 2018. Through their work with Surfers Against Sewage, they are also working to create a Plastic Free Exeter by 2020. 

In their words: "The more we delve into the subject of plastic pollution the more shocking it gets, with new stats, images, and videos coming out everyday. It was for this reason we felt we had to do more. By taking on the Atlantic row, we have a unique platform to inspire action for the cause, as well as provide vital funding for SAS Ocean schools."


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