GRIPS 2021: Global Research and Innovation in Plastics Sustainability

Posted on Posted on 13 Nov 2020

The UK Circular Plastics Network is delighted to announce its flagship event for 2021, Global Research and Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) is now live and open for registration and will be taking place 16th - 18th March 2021.

Global Research and Innovation in Plastics Sustainability 2021 is a conference, exhibition and showcase that will be held online on 16th – 18th March 2021. It is hosted by the UK Circular Plastics Network, organised by KTN and supported by Innovate UK, EPSRC and UKRI. Its aim is to bring together companies and individuals to highlight the best of the UK and selected international activities which will lead to plastics and persistent polymers being less likely to reach landfills, end up incinerated, or become fugitive in the environment. It’s the first global conference for innovation in plastics sustainability.


Research and innovation from both the academic and industrial community will be showcased. The event will provide a platform to help develop commercial success of these developments and build links within the polymer/plastics supply chain to strengthen the offer to UK and wider international actors in application sectors such as plastic packaging/FMCG, construction, agriculture, textiles, healthcare, etc. There will also be an exhibition and networking platform for attendees.


This will be the UK’s biggest sustainability in plastics research and innovation event of 2021 and sets the scene to grow the conference internationally over the coming years.


You can view the programme for the event here and the confirmed speakers so far here.



Call for Abstracts:

We are specifically looking for abstracts that focus on innovations in plastics leading to enhanced sustainability of plastics and polymers leading to or having less impact on the environment .Successful academic abstracts will be invited to produce a paper which will be published in the conference proceedings and authors will be invited to present at the conference for between 10-20 mins on their research (pre-recordings are possible). There will be a prize for the best paper. 

You can see the full list of themes for abstracts and more information here. Deadline for submission is 15th January 2021.

Please click here to submit an abstract.


Exhibitor Information:

By exhibiting at GRIPS you will raise your company profile and share your plastics sustainability offer to a wide global audience; our event can generate leads and help maximise your future business growth. It costs £149.00 + VAT to exhibit.

To view full exhibitor information, including the benefits of exhibiting, please click here.

Register as an exhibitor here (select exhibitor from the drop-down menu).


Become a Media Partner:

You can become a media partner for GRIPS. To find out more about this please click here.

E-mail to express your interest.


To register your attendance at GRIPS 2021 please click here.


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