Full Programme Announced for GRIPS: 16th - 18th March 2021

Posted on Posted on 5 Mar 2021

View the Full Programme Ahead of Global Research & Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) 2021.

Global Research & Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) 2021

Tuesday 16th – Thursday 18th March 2021 | Online


With GRIPS 2021 under two weeks away, we are delighted to unveil the full programme. You can view it in full here.



Programme Highlights

  • An academic speaker programme of research in plastics, including behaviour change and business modelling; a business led programme of innovations in plastic sustainability
  • A pitching event – highlighting a portfolio of UK funded projects and International projects
  • An investment panel, where potential investable ideas will be presented
  • An international reception hosted by the UK’s Department of International Trade
  • Keynote talks from Professor Richard Thompson, Professor John McGeehan, Professor Duncan Wingham, Helen Bird of WRAP and KTN’s CEO, Dr Alicia Greated
  • Sessions include: funding opportunities and funded projects; microfibres; textiles and fashion; sustainability in the health, chemical and agriculture sectors; plastics and net zero; Women in Plastics; the role of AI in plastics and much more


View the full programme here


There is still time to register for what promises to be a must-see plastics & sustainability conference. With over 1500 delegates registered already, 40 exhibitors and 160 speakers, attendees will be able to learn about some of the world’s best initiatives and developments, striving to make plastics less likely to reach landfills, end up incinerated, or become fugitive in the environment. The event, hosted by the UK Circular Plastics Network, organised by KTN and supported by Innovate UK, EPSRC and UKRI, covers the full spectrum of plastics.  Confirmed exhibitors include the British Plastics Federation, Potter Clarkson LLP, Centre for Enzyme Innovation at the University of Portsmouth, Petit Pli, and Interface Polymers. View the full list here. Full speaker list can be found here.


Delegate registration is free for the 3 days. Register here.



Poster Competition Sponsored by IOM3 – Final Reminder

Entrants should submit a single PowerPoint slide summarising your innovation and its impacts on future use and disposal of plastics with an accompanying 250-word statement. An expert panel will review the entries with the best posters being invited to present at the conference and the final award presented on closing day. The winner will receive £100 plus a virtual registration to PVC 2021. Deadline to submit is 7th March. More details and how to submit can be viewed here.

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