Development and challenges related to sampling, analysis, removal and environmental impact assessment of microplastics

Course and Workshop

The occurrence and impact of microplastics in the environment and human health is not clear as not enough and comparable data exists about occurrence and quantification of microplastics. More accurate, faster and valid methods for microplastics analysis need to be developed for different matrices. In addition, development and dissemination of wastewater treatment and diffuse pollution control methods capable of retaining microplastics are needed to decrease loading to sensitive and over polluted ecosystems such as the Baltic Sea. Challenges related to the sampling, analysis and evaluation of environmental impacts of microplastics require a multidisciplinary approach to be overcome. To address this, in this course and workshop lecturers from different backgrounds and renown experts in their fields will provide up-to-date knowledge on microplastics related issues and will share newest results and experiences on sampling, analysis, removal and environmental impacts of microplastics.

The course will run from 3-5 of December 2019. It includes a workshop open to the public organized by RaMiKo ( Removal of nutrients and microplastics in treatment wetlands purifying sewage water in cold climate regions) project on the afternoon of the 3rd of December.  Dowload preliminary program HERE .

Lectures and learning activity topics include:

  • Microplastics sampling and analysis
  • Removal of microplastics in wastewater treatment systems
  • Microplastics biodegradability.
  • Chemical analyses and molecular modelling of micro- and nanoplastics.  
  • Distribution routes of microplastics across different matrices (soil, air and water)
  • Impacts of microplastics in the environment, etc.

Registration to the PhD course  is no longer possible.

Registration to the workshop/seminar only participation can be done until Sunday 1/12/2019 via the link:

For the further information and enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact:

 Dr. Elisangela Heiderscheidt

Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering reserach unit


Last updated: 11.11.2020