On February 5, 2020, the Mid-Term Scientific Meeting of the MarGnet project (www.margnet.eu) was held at the CNR-ISMAR headquarters in Venice. This project, funded by EASME/EMFF, aims to develop new solutions for address the problem of marine litter. About sixty people attended this interesting meeting, which was an important opportunity to present the results obtained after the first year of activity and to start a critical discussion with the stakeholder in order to receive their first feedbacks on the proposed solutions. Life-GHOST team members participated in both the plenary session and in the afternoon workshops, in particular the one dedicated to the recycling & policy of marine litter, offering discussion points in order to contribute to the identification of the best methodological approaches on the basis of the experience gained within the GHOST project.
Hundreds of interested and curious people took part in the #ScienzainVilla event which was held on November 15th and 16th at the prestigious Villa dei Leoni in Mira (VE). Many activities, experiments and seminars have been organized to talk about science in an interactive, fun but also rigorous way. The aim of the event was to bring citizens closer to the fascinating world of “Science” and the many challenges it is facing with. One of these is undoubtedly the marine litter problem, the main research topic of the Life-Ghost and MarGnet projects, which have been presented to the many visitors interested in deepening these dramatically current topics.
From 18th to 20th October 2019, the 7th edition of the Maker Faire Rome - The European edition, the most important European event dedicated to technological innovation, took place in Rome. More than 100 thousand visitors could discover the news of the innovation world exhibited within 7 pavilions (Re-think, Learn, Create, Discover, Make, Research).
Hosted by the Bioeconomy village, the ISMAR, IRBIM, IGAG and IRET Institutes of the National Research Council (CNR), have set up a "Fatti di Plastica" stand, focused on projects aimed at tackling marine litter issues. It was an important opportunity to present the results achieved by the LIFE GHOST Project in the field of the ghost nets’mechanical recycling and those expected from marGnet project on the chemical recycling of marine waste.
The treatments carried out in collaboration with Fismet Service S.r.l. on the ghost nets recovered from the seabed and aimed at outlining a possible mechanical recycling strategy for this type of material were presented on November 6th, 2019 during the annual conference of UCIF Anima Confindustria "Finishing becomes SMART" at the Cariplo Foundation Convention Center in Milan. During the day, the latest technological innovations on finishing and treatments of surfaces were presented and the development of new opportunities in the circular economy framework has attracted great interest.
More information at the following website: https://www.anima.it/associazioni/elenco/ucif/attivita/eventi/convegno-ucif-milano.kl
and the UCIF facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ucifassociazione/posts/
On 27th September the ghost nets issue faced by LIFE-GHOST and MARGNET projects was presented at Ca’Bottacin (University of Venice). Projects' aims and possible solutions were illustrated to students and citizen though the art work "Trama di Fondo", during the VenetoNight 2019 event, organised in the framework of the annual celebration European Researchers' Night. All the art works of the exhibition "The Art of Marine Sciences", presented last June during World Oceans Day celebration at ISMAR, will be exhibited from 11th to 25th October 2019 at the M9 museum in Mestre (Venice).