Organised by IMechE, Portsmouth & IoW Area, in association with BCS Hampshire Branch and BCS GreenIT Specialist Group

Description:

This event aims to put our use of plastics into perspective and discuss the engineering realities of how we can mitigate the environmental effects through a more sustainable approach and outline some technologies which could be used to replace or reduce our plastic consumption.

Prior to the event the audience will be invited to submit questions and participate in a pre-debate discussion on social media IMechE Wessex Facebook. The most popular questions arousing the most debate will be selected and put to the experts on the night. This event aims to put our use of plastics into perspective and discuss the engineering realities of how we can mitigate the environmental effects through a more sustainable approach and outline some technologies which could be used to replace or reduce our plastic consumption.

Agenda:

  • 6.00pm Registration opens
  • 6.00pm Tea & Coffee & Networking
  • 6.20pm Take Seats
  • 6.30pm Lecture & Debate commences
  • 8.00pm Wine & Finger Food & Networking
  • 9.00pm Close

Synopsis:

In the century since Leo Baekeland first created Bakelite, plastic's versatility, durability and ability to be moulded into almost any shape has revolutionised product design and facilitated a consumer revolution. It is estimated that humans have created nearly 10 billion tonnes of plastics since the 1950's and these amazing man-made materials have dramatically changed our lives. This event aims to put our use of plastics into perspective and discuss the engineering realities of how we can mitigate the environmental effects through a more sustainable approach and outline some technologies which could be used to replace or reduce our plastic consumption.

Speakers:

  • Chair: Stella Job (Supply Chain & Environment Manager at Composites UK)

Speakers:

MPs:

For biographies follow links.

Dr Jeremy Woods, will give a talk about developing a sustainable bio-economy to deliver the 4 securities: food, energy, environment and social development. He will discuss our historic use of plastics and alternatives for the future.

Mr Tarquin Crouch, will present the case for a more sustainable use of plastics through the application of modern technology and engineering.

Following the presentations, the audience will be invited to engage our experts to discuss the future of plastics. Three of our local MPs will be attending, you will be able to discuss with them the challenges involved in any potential future national, regional or global legislation or agreements around this issue.

After the event there will be finger food & wine (soft drinks for U18) and an opportunity for Networking and engaging further with our speakers and MPs.

If you are not yet a BCS member, please join, or join our mailing list for BCS Hampshire Branch events for non-BCS members, by sending a blank email to hampsnonmem-join@lists.bcs.org.uk and / or you can join the GreenIT SG non-members list greenitnonmem-join@lists.bcs.org.uk

Plastic - Falling out of love with the wonder material?
Date and time
10 May, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location
University of Portsmouth
Portland Building
St James Street
Portsmouth
PO1 3AH
Price
This event is sold out