2nd International Akademie Fresenius Conference "Microplastics" +++ONLINE CONFERENCE+++

09.09. - 10.09.2021, Online Conference | Die Akademie Fresenius GmbH

2nd International Akademie Fresenius Conference "Microplastics" +++ONLINE CONFERENCE+++

Regulatory Update, Identification and Risk Assessment

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After its successful kick-off in 2020, the Akademie Fresenius International Microplastics Conference will continue to be the perfect platform for bringing together the regulatory, industrial and consulting communities. For now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be difficult to gather physically. However, since we all need to learn from one another, and important regulatory changes are continuing to be made, we have decided to transfer our dialogue in the virtual space. We therefore cordially invite you to join this year’s Online Conference. Plenty of exciting presentations are awaiting you! And they will all be accessible from the comfort of your home or your office, thus reducing travel on the one hand and increasing accessibility on the other hand. We are looking forward to meeting you!


  • Regulatory update from the European Commission: Status of the microplastic restriction 
  • Regulatory developments regarding secondary microplastic
  • The OECD report on microplastics from textiles and tyres
  • Cefic position on the impending regulatory changes  
  • ETRMA on reducing tyre & road wear particles, as a sustainability and regulatory challenge
  • Research on microplastic regulation and how it should be more precise to incentivize both innovation and environmental safety
  • Analysing and identifying microplastics 
  • Identifying airborne microplastics


Who do you meet?

Professionals working in the fields of:

  • Product stewardship
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Registration and authorisation
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Hazard, exposure and risk assessment 
  • Research and development
  • Scientific advisory
  • Analytical science

Sectors that should take part:

  • Agrochemical industry
  • Chemical industry (producers of polymers)
  • Cosmetics industry
  • Personal care industry
  • Paints, waxes and polishes industry
  • Research institutes
  • Authorities
  • Scientific consultancies
  • Professional associations
  • Food industry


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PLEASE NOTE: The indicated times refer to Central European Summer Time CEST.

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Thursday 9 September 2021

Morning Session 10:45 – 12:30 CEST

10:45 Welcome address by the organisers and the Chairs

Martin Klatt, BASF, Germany

Amy Lusher, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway

Regulatory Update

11:00 Regulatory update: Status of the microplastic restriction and regulatory developments regarding secondary microplastic

Silvia Forni, European Commission, Belgium

11:30 The OECD report on microplastics from textiles and tyres

  • The state of knowledge on emissions and risks and of policy action on unintentional losses of microplastics
  • Available mitigation technologies and best practices
  • Policy guidance for governments

Elena Buzzi, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, France

12:00 Reducing tyre and road wear particles: A sustainability and regulatory challenge

Fazilet Cinaralp, European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers‘ Association (ETRMA), Brussels

12:30 Lunch break

Afternoon Session 13:30 – 16:20 CEST

13:30 Industry perspective: Reducing microplastic emissions from textiles

Mauro Scalia, The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex), Belgium

14:00 WOMA benchmark: First independent methodology to measure microfibre shedding from clothes

Laura Díaz Sánchez, Plastic Soup Foundation, The Netherlands

14:30 Short break

14:45 Microplastic regulation could incentivise both innovation and environmental safety

Denise M. Mitrano, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland

Intentionally added Microplastics

15:15 How to balance risks from intentionally added microplastic with the benefit

  • What are real and perceived risks?
  • Proportionality versus precautionary principle
  • What about microplastics which are more sustainable than the non-microplastic alternatives?
  • Challenges and burden of value chains applying a certain derogation
  • Blacklisting effects and negative net effects for human health and environment due to microplastic restriction

Martin Klatt, BASF, Germany

15:45 Implementation challenges of the proposed restriction: Experiences from the consulting sector

  • Scope and exceptions
  • Identifying, analysing and reporting
  • Perspective on status, timelines, transition periods and possibilities

Christoph Katz, EPPA, Belgium

16:20 End of the first day

Friday 10 September 2021

Morning Session 10:50 – 12:30 CEST

10:50 Brief welcome by the Chairs

Martin Klatt and Amy Lusher

11:00 Cefic position on the microplastic restrictions

  • Enforceability
  • Research proposal
  • How to implement? Reporting, etc.

Blanca Serrano, The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), Belgium

11:30 How EU plastics industry proactively contributes to supporting Scientific & Regulatory developments

  • Plastics a precious resource that must be contained at all stages of its life cycle
  • Plastics Industry engagement to support Science based regulatory decision  
  • Recent Operation Clean Sweep® developments supporting the regulatory process towards zero pellet loss
  • Alliances make the world go round: local, national, European ongoing actions helping to address the global issue 

Michel Cassart, PlasticsEurope, Belgium

Identification, Analysis, Risk Assessment and Management

12:00 Microplastics and human health

Ingeborg Kooter, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), The Netherlands

12:30 Lunch break

Afternoon Session 13:30 – 16:20 CEST

13.30 Microplastic analysis – Are we measuring the same?

  • Comparisons of analytical methods for the quantification of microplastics
  • Quality assurance / quality control
  • First global comparative study

Nicole Zumbülte, DVGW – Technologiezentrum Wasser, Germany

14:00 Harmonised identification of microplastics

Amy Lusher, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway

14:30 Short break

14:45 Microplastics in sewage sludge

  • The abundance of microplastics in sewage sludge
  • Usage of sewage sludge as a soil amendment

Pelin Koyuncuoglu, Pamukkale University, Turkey

15:15 Cleaning water with electrostatics – removal of microplastics

Patrik Stenner, Evonik Industries, Germany

15:45 Identifying airborne microplastics

Joseph M. Levermore, Imperial College London, UK

16:15 Closing remarks

16:20 End of the Conference





Elena Buzzi

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Elena Buzzi is a Junior Policy Analyst at the Environment Directorate of the OECD. She currently leads the work on microplastics, which sits at the interface between the OECD work on plastics and circular economy and the work on water quality. The ongoing project aims to deliver policy guidance to OECD countries on how to reduce microplastics pollution, with a focus on microplastics unintentionally released from textiles and tyres. Elena holds a Master Degree in Environmental Policy from Sciences Po Paris.


Michel Cassart

PlasticsEurope, Belgium

Michel Cassart graduated as Engineer and Doctor in Material Science. He joined PlasticsEurope in 2016 to coordinate Food Contact, REACH and some sector groups’ activities. He is now Director of the strategic council sustainable use of plastics and coordinates all activities related to the sustainable use of plastics including safety of plastics and microplastics.


Fazilet Cinaralp

European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association (ETRMA), Belgium

Fazilet Cinaralp joined the Rubber Industry in 1991. She served as Secretary General of the European Rubber Industry Association from 1997 to 2006. Since 2006 she has been leading the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association -ETRMA.

Díaz Sánchez

Laura Díaz Sánchez

Plastic Soup Foundation, The Netherlands

Laura Díaz Sánchez is currently the microfibres campaigner at the Plastic Soup Foundation. She is in charge of the campaign to make the fashion industry accountable for the synthetic clothes they put out in the market. She has previously held positions at communications agencies and has a background in journalism.


Silvia Forni

European Commission, Belgium

Silvia Forni is a policy officer in the Directory general Environment of the European Commission. She holds a degree from the University of Trieste and a Masters in European Studies from the University of Brussels. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of the European internal market, having worked as a policy officer at the European Commission's Secretariat-General assistant to the European Parliament.


Christoph Katz

EPPA, Belgium

Christoph Katz has broad global experience in chemicals, energy and resources, Engineering Plastics, composites as well as food & beverage ingredients. Prior to joining EPPA, Christoph held international leadership positions in the chemical industry for more than 20 years.Through actively managing public policy interfaces to the business (e.g., regulation of products, trade agreements and defense), Christoph has developed a deep understanding of the interdependency of these two areas - and the importance of managing these processes and interfaces well in order to have a good position in innovation and competitiveness, and ultimately business success.


Martin Klatt

BASF, Germany

Martin Klatt (PhD) is active at BASF in the fields of product stewardship and research since 1995 in various positions. Currently, he is leading the product stewardship group of dispersions and resins Europe at BASF and represents BASF in various associations. He is currently the chairman of the EPDLA (European Polymer Dispersion and Latex Association).


Ingeborg Kooter

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), The Netherlands

Ingeborg Kooter (PhD) is a Eurotox-certified Toxicologist, working at TNO as a senior scientist in the field of inhalation toxicology. She has worked at Unilever Research Vlaardingen and the National Institute of Health and Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands before she joined TNO in 2007. She is particularly interested in the development of an alternative health relevant measurement of complex aerosol mixtures to better predict whether the air that we breath in, is healthy.


Pelin Koyuncuoğlu

Pamukkale University, Turkey

Pelin Koyuncuoğlu received the B.Sc. and M.Sc degrees in Environmental Engineering from Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey. Currently, she is a research assistant at the Environmental Engineering Department, Pamukkale University, Turkey. She is working on microplastic pollution in wastewaters and sewage sludge in the scope of PhD studies.


Joseph M. Levermore

Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Joseph M Levermore is currently an early-career researcher in the Environmental Research Group at Imperial College London. He is interested in how exposure to airborne microplastics impacts human health and while completing his Ph.D. at King’s College London, Joseph optimised analytical methods capable of identifying the presence of airborne microplastics in a size-range, which if inhaled will enter the deep lung, in indoor and outdoor particulate matter samples.


Amy Lusher

Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway

Amy Lusher is at Key Researcher in Microplastics at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) and an Associate Professor at the University of Bergen. She is currently the Scientific Project Manager of EUROqCHARM, a Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action which is focused on the analysis and evaluation of existing methodologies for plastic pollution assessment to harmonize them on a European level.


Denise Mitrano

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland

Denise Mitrano is an Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich in the Environmental Systems Science Department. Her research focuses on the distribution and impacts of anthropogenic materials in technical and environmental systems. She is particularly interested in developing analytical tools to systematically understand the mechanisms and processes driving the fate, transport and biological interactions of particles, such as engineered nanomaterials and nano- and microplastics.


Mauro Scalia

The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex), Belgium

Mauro Scalia is the Director of Sustainable Businesses in EURATEX, the European Confederation of Textile and Apparel industry. He is responsible for all the Confederation activities promoting sustainability, notably on: chemicals, circularity/ resource efficiency, climate change, due diligence. Holding a university degree in Political Sciences with specialization in Politics and Economics, he joined EURATEX in 2004 after professional experiences in business consulting, industrial research and in the European Commission.


Blanca Serrano

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), Belgium

Blanca Serrano is currently the Director of Product Stewardship at the European Council of the Chemical Industry (Cefic) dealing with issues related to nanomaterials, microplastics and the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP). She joined Cefic in 2015 and has extensive experience in chemical regulatory affairs from her previous role as Product Stewardship Coordinator in FEIQUE, the Spanish Chemical Industry Association.


Patrik Stenner

Evonik Industries, Germany

Patrik Stenner is currently working at Process Technology & Engineering, Evonik Operations GmbH in Hanau/Germany, heading the research group Exploration & Electrochemistry. Priorly, he held various positions as project engineer at R&D based on his expertise in electrochemistry and at process technology in the area of particle technology. In 2016 he was part of the winner team of the German Sustainability Award in the category research, and in 2020 his team won the VCI Responsible Care Award.


Nicole Zumbülte

DVGW - Technologiezentrum Wasser (TZW), Germany

Nicole Zumbülte has been working as a Senior Research Scientist at TZW since 2017, leading the spectroscopic/microplastic research group. The research group develops analytical methods for quantifying microplastics down to 5 µm in different matrices.



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