We were on the International Conference MICRO2018: Fate and Impacts of microplastics

The second edition of the International Conference on Microplastics (MICRO2018) was held in Lanzarote last week. This biannual meeting was born from a collaborative process coordinated by the scientific community with the aim of connecting with society with the problem of microplastics as a vehicle.

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Five intense days of morning and afternoon agenda gave way to around 300 oral communications and more than 160 posters that described the undeniable ubiquity of microplastics in the environment, either in water, land or air, and from the chemistry, biology or physics perspective.

No less important in this matter, citizen science, social initiatives catalyzed by various non-profit organizations, as well as the world of art and effective (and fun!) communication had their place in the Conference.

MICRO 2018

Concerning our research group, we took the opportunity to present our work and seek for alliances, with the aim of installing the microplastic sampler on board of opportunity boats and contributing in this way to the improvement in the monitoring of contamination by microplastics required in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

MICRO 2018

Hear us on the radio: Sailing Living Lab and MARCET projects

Itsas tantakLast night we participated in the radio program Itsas tantak (“drops of the sea” in Euskera), presented by Edu Aráujo in Onda Vasca. It is broadcast every Sunday night, dedicating 120 minutes to tell salty stories in one way or another: surfing, sailing, maritime archeology, literature, biology and the environment.

Sailing Living Lab is a project directed by Diego de Miguel Murillo, open to collaborations with companies, people in general and other entities interested in testing new technologies in the open sea. Every so often, from the Onda Vasca program, they call Diego to follow up on the evolution of this initiative, inviting other collaborators to the program to talk about the latest experiences.

On this occasion, in the Research Group in Technologies, Management and Biogeochemistry of the ULPGC, we had the opportunity to tell how our participation in the MARCET project is intertwined with Sailing Living Lab, in an interview that can be heard from the 30th minute onwards on the podcast.

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Scientific dissemination of our work at the International Symposium of Marine Sciences in Vigo


The 6th International Symposium on Marine Sciences took place in Vigo during the 20th, 21st and 22nd of June. This event was organized with the collaboration of the six spanish universities in which the Marine Sciences Degree is taught: Alicante, Barcelona, Cádiz , Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Valencia and Vigo.

Matching with this scientific gathering, the XIX Iberian Seminar of Marine Chemistry, the Spanish Physical Oceanography meeting 2018, the Iberian meeting of Toxic Phytoplankton 2018 and the Campus do Mar ISC ‘ 18, encouraging the meeting and exchanges among the students and professionals in the field of Marine Sciences.

Our participation in the Congress was an opportunity to disseminate the results of two of our working lines, which we presented through an oral session and a poster, in addition to the numerous interactions with other sea sciences colleagues.

Abisai Melián’s oral exhibition at the International Symposium of Marine Sciences 2018 on the study of soluble aerosol depositions in the Canarian basin.

NUTRIENTS TO THE CANARY BASIN” was the title of the talk conducted by Abisai Melián, which exposed the work perfomed by Gelado-Caballero et al. (unpublished) regarding the fluxes of iron depositions in the Canary Islands basin.

Exhibition of the poster on the results of the use of the sampler of Microplastics as a method of obtaining data of abundance and distribution aboard opportunity Boats (Tania Sumto, Project Marcet).

“UNDERWAY WATER SYSTEM OF RESEARCH VESSELS: OPTIMIZATION OF A METHOD FOR SMALL MICROPLASTICS SAMPLING IN OCEANIC WATERS” is the title of the poster presented by Tania Montoto, which showed some preliminary results of the MARCET Project after the use of a prototype passive microplastic sampler, installed on board of opportunity boats, as is the case of the current collaboration with the SailingLivingLab initiative.