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The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS

Find out about the impact of plastic in our oceans and what can be done to save our seas

Every minute, the equivalent of a truck load of plastic is dumped into our ocean. Plastic, heralded by many as a miracle material, is now choking fish, accumulating in their tissues, and slowly seeping down food chains.

Can we reverse the damage already done by dumping plastics? Are we able to alter our plastic consumption enough to preserve biodiversity? Or is it too late to save our seas?


Professor Ted Henry - Professor of Environmental Toxicology at Heriot Watt University
Dr Pennie Lindeque - Molecular ecologist and Head of Microplastic Research Team at Plymouth Marine Laboratory
David Jones - Founder and CEO of Just One Ocean
Dr Anna Ploszajski - Materials scientist and Research Fellow, Institute of Making, UCL
Chair - Gaia Vince - Broadcaster and environmental journalist


The doors will open at approximately 18:30, with a prompt start at 19:00. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Cost and booking

Standard - £16
Concession - £10
Ri Members and Ri Patrons - £7
Tickets are available to purchase through the Royal Institution website.

This event will be live streamed through the RSB website. Keep an eye on this page, and the RSB twitter, for more information on how to watch.


Please direct any specific event enquiries to Harriet McAra at or on 020 3925 3445.

Find out about other Biology Week 2019 events on our calendar!

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