marine pollution

Maritime challenges of the 21st century: Cross-border marine pollution, 9.11.2017, 9:00-15:30, University of Oulu, Linnanmaa campus, TA105/TA101

Thursday, November 9, 2017



09:00   Registration, tea and coffee

09:30   Welcome address (Prof Eva Pongrácz – University of Oulu)


Session 1: Setting the scene – threats to the seas in the 21st Century (TA 105)

09:35   Threat of oil spills and plastic to seabirds (Dr Neil James – ERI, University of the Highlands and Islands)

09:45   Arctic shipping development trends and current unpreparedness to oil spills at sea (Victor Pavlov – University of Oulu)

10:00   Environmental Impacts of Maritime Transport in the Baltic Sea (Katariina Ala-Rämi – Centre for Maritime Studies, University of Turku)

10:15   Lake Kallavesi and the City of Kuopio - A Living Laboratory for the Microplastic Pollution Research in Freshwater (Samuel Hartikainen – University of Eastern Finland)


10:35 – 10:45 COMFORT BREAK


Session 2: Novel approaches to marine pollution (TA 105)

10.45   Seven methods for oil spill response at sea (Victor Pavlov – University of Oulu)

11:00   Reusing fishnets for building materials (Prof Lisbeth Ottosen – Arctic Technology Centre, Technical University of Denmark)

11:15   Chemical Analyses and Molecular Modeling of  Micro- and Nanoplastics (Samuel Hartikainen – University of Eastern Finland)

11:35   Awareness raising and dissemination of pollution issues (Julie Crowley – Macroom E)

11:45   Circular Economy Innovation (Prof Martin Charter – Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts)


12:00 – 13:00  Lunch break (Lunch on own expense)


Session 3: Project showcase (TA 101)

13:00   APP4SEA: Arctic Preparedness Platform for oil Spill and other Environmental Accidents (Niko Hänninen – University of Oulu)

13:20   Using a social enterprise approach to rehabilitate the Baltic Sea (Amanda Sundell – DROPP)

13:50   Circular Ocean (Dr Neil James – ERI, University of the Highlands and Islands)

14:05   Project video compilation


14:20 – 14:45    Coffee break


Session 4: Panel discussion (TA 101)

14:45     Questions to be posed include:

  1. What are the most important threats to the Baltic Sea and to the Arctic?
  2. Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
  3. How can we better tackle this multiple pressures on marine systems?
  4. What can existing and future projects do to create public awareness and governmental action?

15:30 Closing comments


Participation is free, coffee will be offered to the participants

The seminar is co-organized by the Circular Ocean and APP4SEA projects. The projects are funded by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme.


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Event location

TA 105 (9:00-13:00) & TA 105 (13:00-15:30)

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University of Oulu, Linnanmaa campus

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