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IAEA Side Event at the 7th Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) 2022

4 May 2022

Nuclear Technologies in the Fight against Marine Plastic Pollution: An IAEA Initiative

Organized in cooperation with the Marine-Coastal Research Network of Latin America and the Caribbean


4 May 2022, 12:00–13:00 EDT (US), via ZOOM

Join this event to learn how microplastic pollution in the marine environment can be precisely characterized and assessed using nuclear and nuclear-related methods, and how this precise scientific data supports the development of evidence-based policies on plastic pollution, including plastic mitigation and upstream disposal measures.

Together with conventional technologies, nuclear science and technology supports accelerated national progress towards the attainment of SDG 14 ‘Life Below Water’ by:

  • Precisely tracking and quantifying the movement and impact of microplastic particles and associated co-contaminants on coastal and marine ecosystems;
  • Determining the status and trends of marine plastic particles in sediment, water and biota in coastal waters;
  • Assessing marine plastic bioaccumulation pathways and impacts on valuable marine animals;
  • Developing risk scenarios using science-based information for informed decision making.

Through its flagship initiative NUTEC Plastics,  the IAEA provides support to partners in vulnerable countries in the form of knowledge, expertise and scalable innovative solutions. By addressing plastic pollution as an issue that transcends national boundaries, effective partnerships at local, regional and international level can be identified and established. Technical experts from the IAEA and local partners will share impactful stories of how nuclear technology, alongside conventional approaches, is already helping to support better ocean health in Latin America and in Asia and the Pacific.


  • Martin Krause, Director, Division of Programme Support and Coordination, Department of Technical Cooperation at the IAEA
  • Florence Descroix-Comanducci, Director of the IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories
  • Dr Ana Carolina Ruiz-Fernandez, Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology, REMARCO
  • Dr Hideshige Takada, Professor of Environmental Chemistry of Organic Micropollutants, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Marc Metian, Research Scientist, Radioecology Laboratory, IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories

Register here for the event: https://bit.ly/3vQ6h6r

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