About PLASYS24


Plastic pollution is a global challenge and a core part of the triple planetary crisis, threatening the present and future of our societies’ health, environment, and economy. Day by day, the scientific, engineering, innovation and decision-support communities accomplish major progress in understanding the nature and extent of the complex phenomena involved.

At PLASYS24, a three-day Global Plastic Pollution Systems Symposium, we gather to advance our collective understanding of the quantification of plastic pollution and to discuss preventive and circular solutions. Through interdisciplinary and systems approaches, PLASYS will be a one-stop-shop for showcasing and reflecting upon the latest scientific developments and informing the science-policy interface. Following open-science principles, delegates will share breakthroughs across the plastics lifecycle, incorporating research that incorporates economic activity; all environmental media (water, land, air); scales (nano to planetary); and facets of plastic pollution.

Chaired by Dr Costas Velis and Prof Demetris Lekkas, PLASYS24 is an interactive symposium convened by the University of Leeds and the University of the Aegean respectively, with organisation support from the Global NEST, featuring over 30 years of experience in environmental science and technology conferences. Held from 2 to 4 October 2024, in person, on the island of Rhodes, Greece. Here at PLASYS, we are reimagining the format of the conventional scientific conference, via a new interactive forum approach. We aspire to jointly pave the way for an evidence-based journey to eliminating plastic pollution, bringing science to the forefront.