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The CWP celebrates the first edition of Water Talks about sobre microplastics

The CWP celebrates the first edition of Water Talks about sobre microplastics

On December 11, the first edition of the CWP’s Water Talks focused on microplastics took place. The session was held at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona, ​​with the participation of the Water Research Institute of the University of Barcelona (IdRA), and brought together 60 people, of which many researchers in the water sector, who are working or interested in the study of microplastics.

This topic was selected as an emerging trend in the field of research due to the presence and increase in the number of microplastics in water, which affects both living organisms and the environment. Plastic fragments, fibers and granules (microplastics) are already considered emerging contaminants, currently the most important and constantly growing. Microplastics generate significant environmental impacts, especially when they reach inland or ocean waters, but they are also detected in wastewater and even drinking water. In addition, it was one of the topics of interest chosen by the CWP Assembly in 2019 by the associated entities.

The event was divided into two parts, the first of which were presentations by different entities associated with the cluster such as Laboratori Dr Oliver Rodés, Aqualia, Leitat i Aigües de Barcelona, where the main challenges of the analysis of microplastics were presented, methods to reduce the risk associated with plastics, past experiences and ongoing projects, and the study of microplastics in drinking water.

The second part consisted of a round table with 6 researchers from different universities and research centers that are part of the CWP such as:  UB, IDAEA-CSIC, ICRA, EURECAT, ICTA-UAB i URV.  The main topics highlighted were the trends and future challenges in microplastics, such as the lack of studies and legislation in water in the network and the dam on the subject at present or that there is not enough knowledge about their effects on the human health. In any case, all the experts concluded that it is one of the emerging fields in water research, which has raised some alarm among the population but there are still many doubts about how to act.

The Water Talks will be a new format of technical sessions that the CWP will begin and will convene members to discuss technologies, challenges and trends that may be of interest to the sector, from an R&D perspective. new technologies or emerging problems.

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