Whether in the sea, in the soil or in the air – microplastics pollute people and the environment. (image: Unsplash, Sören Funk)
Whether in the sea, in the soil or in the air – microplastics pollute people and the environment. (image: Unsplash, Sören Funk)
For water without microplastics and micropollutants: Research at Wasser 3.0. Left: Dennis Schober, Innovation & Transfer, right: Dr. Katrin Schuhen, inventor & managing director. (image: Wasser 3.0)
For water without microplastics and micropollutants: Research at Wasser 3.0. Left: Dennis Schober, Innovation & Transfer, right: Dr. Katrin Schuhen, inventor & managing director. (image: Wasser 3.0)
Scientific exchange and latest research news: Conference area of FILTECH. (image: FILTECH Exhibitions Germany)
Scientific exchange and latest research news: Conference area of FILTECH. (image: FILTECH Exhibitions Germany)

One of the biggest environmental concerns of today is microplastics and their effect on the environment. It is also a problem that is not very well understood. FILTECH 2022 has set up a special forum and conference to help increase our knowledge of this issue.

Whether in the sea, in rivers, in the soil or in the air, microplastics are everywhere to be found. Public awareness of the problems that even the smallest particles of plastic create for man and the environment is high. However, to date very little has been done to remedy the situation, although promising technologies exist to detect, remove and prevent microplastics.

Scientists, policymakers and the general public all agree that microplastics pose a problem for both humans and the environment. However, although the discharge of plastic particles into the environment has been studied scientifically for many years, a great many questions remain unanswered. Which quantities of microplastics are to be found in the world's oceans, in rivers and groundwater, in forests, agricultural soils and in the air? Which technologies are most suitable for removing the existing pollution and effectively reducing future pathways? And which particles exactly are regarded as microplastics in the first place?

FILTECH 2022 wants to provide answers to these questions. With this aim in mind, the world's most important platform for the filtration and separation of all types of media will host the ‘Stop Microplastics Pollution! Innovation Forum’ for the first time in collaboration with the non-profit company Wasser 3.0.

Innovation and cooperation
How can we start solving the problem right now? Motivated by this question, researchers, practitioners, industry representatives, policymakers, NGOs and activists will meet at the Innovation Forum to exchange ideas. “Microplastics are a global environmental problem that society is aware of,” says Dr. Katrin Schuhen, managing director of the non-profit green tech company Wasser 3.0. Dr Schuhen is one of the co-initiators of the ‘Stop Microplastics Pollution! Innovation Forum’. “There are solutions to the problem and they now need to be given a platform,” continued Dr Schuhen.

However, while a whole range of promising technologies capable of measuring, reducing or preventing microplastics pollution are highly innovative, they are still not sufficiently well known let alone used. The Innovation Forum aims to provide greater visibility not only among policymakers and society, but also among potential users. Over a three-day period, the focus will be placed on a variety of aspects: day one will highlight methods for detecting microplastics in the air, soil and water; day two will present removal technologies; day three is dedicated to the bigger picture and will concentrate on the political, social and economic aspects.

The cooperation partners involved in Wasser 3.0 are not interested in a purely economically driven competition. “Although our detection, removal and recycling processes are also innovative products newly available on the market and designed to foster a holistic approach to plastics and microplastics, our real concern is a socio-ecological transformation and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” says Dr. Schuhen, explaining the motivation for Wasser 3.0 to curate the Innovation Forum at the FILTECH. “There are plenty of good approaches and technologies for doing so. We see the solutions developed by Wasser 3.0 as a piece of the puzzle when it comes to tackling the gigantic tasks that lie ahead of us in terms of environmental and climate protection as quickly, effectively and cooperatively as possible,” Schuhen continues.

Call for papers
“Scientific dialogue and the presentation of recent research results as well as innovative technologies have a long tradition in the FILTECH conference section,” Suzanne Abetz of FILTECH Exhibitions Germany explained. “Whether air filters, solid-liquid separation in production scenarios or screening and classifying visitors really appreciate the cooperative atmosphere at the Conference, which thrives on openness and interaction,” she continued.

The general conference area has been an integral part of the FILTECH from the very beginning. As a combination of trade show and congress, it focuses on research results and developments as well as marketable products and services. There have already been over 200 submissions for the 2022 conference, presenting solutions for the challenges of both today and tomorrow in the filtration and separation of all types of media.

On days one and two of the conference, the various solutions will be presented in a pitch session, followed by a moderated panel discussion and a guided stand tour. Day three will provide impulses and scope for discussions on the political, economic and social aspects of microplastics as a global environmental problem and as a danger to the health of humans and animals alike. Each day, up to five participants will have the opportunity to present their solutions to the FILTECH audience. The Stop Microplastics Pollution! Innovation Forum will be held for one and a half hours on each of the three days of the trade show.

FILTECH Conference 2022            

  • Date: March 8–10, 2022 (on each day of the event)
  • Topics will include: Solid-liquid separation, solid-gas separation, filter media, testing, instrumentation and control, simulation and modeling, membrane processes.
  • Form of presentation: Lecture (20 minutes) or short lecture (five minutes).

               

Stop Microplastics Pollution! Innovation Forum

  • Date: March 8–10, 2022 (on each day of the event)
  • Topics will include: Microplastics – detection methods, removal technologies, political, social and economic aspects.
  • Form of presentation: Pitch session (three minutes), panel discussion.