European centre of excellence
for sustainable water technology

World experts engage upon the problem of synthetic nano- and microfibers

Published: 16 oktober 2019

In an international workshop organized by Wetsus, European Centre of Excellence for sustainable water technology, scientists will discuss the risks of very small plastic particles, and especially very small synthetic fibers for our health. The worldwide visible problem of plastic pollution continues in the invisible world.
It is important to identify what already is known, and what still has to be done, to assess potential risks and to take actions.
Treated in the workshop will be the properties and origin of the fibers in air and water, possibilities to measure them, inhalation and penetration into the live cycle by food and drinks. In addition, the medical consequences, cleaning air and water from fibers and protection methods will be covered.
The workshop takes place Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 November 2019, for registered participants
As a conclusion, there will be an Open Forum Discussion, on Tuesday November 5, from 16.00 – 18.00 hr. This discussion is open for everybody and you are invited to join!
Please send an e-mail to, subject “Synthetic Fiber Workshop” to register.

Both the workshop and the Open Forum Discussion will be held at Wetsus, Oostergoweg 9, Leeuwarden.

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