About Us

PAN-microplast is a network that promotes, facilitates, and encourages lateral collaboration and research efforts on plastic pollution in Africa. The network provides a platform not only to celebrate research achievements across Africa, but also enables discussions surrounding the challenges faced by scholars and practitioners working in plastic pollution, from the macro to nano-scale. However, we recognise the technical challenges facing researchers who are tasked with detecting smaller size fractions (<0.5 mm), especially as accessibility and affordability of equipment needed to accurately quantify the smaller plastic particles is a limiting factor in Africa.

The primary aim of PAN-microplast is to facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange across Africa within the field of plastic pollution.

We believe this is done by:

  1. Encouraging collaboration among researchers in Africa, both nationally, regionally and across the continent.
  2. Supporting and disseminating plastic research in Africa.
  3. Seeking external collaboration on plastic research, especially in the realm of micro- and nanoplastic contamination as analytical equipment needed for polymer identification is not accessible in many parts of Africa.
  4. Supporting the current and next generation of African researchers by providing training and capacity building through a range of tools and platforms.
  5. Providing a platform for the bidirectional exchange of expertise between African researchers and non-African partners.
  6. Advising policy makers on actions necessary to mitigate plastic pollution on the continent through evidence-based research.

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