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THE 2022 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
22 October - 13 November
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Assessing local knowledge about plastic waste

My local area theme

What’s on offer?

This public engagement event is part of a collaboration between Chemical Engineering, Business Operations Management, and Marketing to study the problem of plastic waste as a barrier to achieving Net Zero. It aims to assess local knowledge in the community about Net Zero, common plastic waste errors and their impacts on planet and people health.

We will invite multiple exhibitors to showcase how they are doing their bit to address plastic waste, and interactive areas will include displays asking people to consider which types of products create more or minimise the problem of plastic waste.

There will be informative posters, and interactive surveys to measure the public understanding, interest and willingness to change their consumption and disposal habits. We will use student and staff volunteers to administer the surveys. All participants will be compensated for their time with unwrapped sweets and entry to a randomly drawn sweepstake for a range of low carbon prizes.

The event is primarily catered to public drop-in within the main museum areas. We will also provide a schedule of short and more focused presentations by the exhibitors in the museum’s classroom (max. 60 seats). 

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Josephine Go Jefferies, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Newcastle University 

Dr Katarina Novakovic, Reader in Polymer Engineering, Newcastle University 

Prof Christian Hicks, Professor in Operations Management, Newcastle University 

Ms Zara Latif, President of the NUSU Chemical Engineering Society, Newcastle University 

Open to

Everyone is eligible to attend.

Of particular interest to

People and organisations interested in sustainability and low carbon living for people and planet health.

Event Booking details

No booking from the public required.

Event booking deadline

Invited collaborators must confirm attendance by Friday 30 October at 15:00.