The 2015 Plastic Gyre Symposium

PPC was proud to present the 2015 Plastic Gyre Symposium at Georgia State University on March 26-27, 2015.

The 2015 Welch symposium, “The Plastic GYRE: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond,” is part of the Atlanta Science Festival, produced in an effort to raise awareness and discourse on the global crisis of plastic pollution, and featured an array of experts discussing the most current research, creative response, activism mobilization and industry best practices in a quest to address runaway global plastic pollution. The symposium was hosted by the Welch Foundation at Georgia State University, David J. Sencer Museum of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Plastic Pollution Coalition.

Read a recap of the symposium from artist, professor and activist Pam Longobardi here.

Confirmed speakers for the 2015 Plastic Gyre Symposium:

Charles Moore – (Keynote) scientist, founder Algalita Marine Research /Education, Discover of Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Rachelle Carson-Begley – (MC) Actress, activist, sustainable living expert with Ed Begley ‘Living with Ed’

Abby Barrow – Scientist, Marine Environmental Research Institute, Maine

Lisa Boyle – Environmental Lawyer, Writer, Editor, Tulane Law Journal ‘Plastics’ issue

Antonia Calafat, Ph.D. Research Chemist, CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health

Ellen Caldwell – Art Historian at Otis, Pepperdine University, researches Balinese artist/activists

Dianna Cohen – Artist, Activist, Co-founder, CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition

Steve Combs – Activist, Surfer, Surfrider Foundation National Board Member

Julie Decker – Artist, Director, Anchorage Museum and Curator of GYRE Exhibition

Barbara DeVries – Artist, Designer, Bahamas project

Marcus Eriksen – Scientist, Explorer, Director of Research and Co-founder of 5 Gyres Institute

Howard Ferren – Former Director of Conservation, Alaska SeaLIfe Center, Founder of GYRE Project

Jeff Gold – Engineer and Inventor of plastics-to-oil company Nexus Fuels

Cyrill Gutsch – Founder of Parley for the Oceans

Jenna Jambeck – UGA scientist, developer of app ‘Marine Debris Tracker’

Asher Jay  Artist – Designer, National Geographic Young Explorer

Sonya Kelliher-Combs – Artist, Native Alaskan, exhibitor in GYRE exhibition

J.J. Kelley – National Geographic Producer and award-winning filmmaker

Arielle Kilroy – Digital Product Director, SIERRA Club, Washington DC

Rick Kuykendall – Lawyer, Surfrider Foundation National Board Member, Key Litigator, BP Deep Horizon Disaster Class Action Suit

John Lanier – Executive Director, Ray Anderson Foundation

Pam Longobardi – Artist, Activist, GSU Distinguished University Professor, Drifters Project

Rod Mast – President/CEO, Oceanic Society and former VP of Conservation International

Susan Middleton – Guggenheim Fellow, Artist/Scholar/Author, Nat’l Geographic Photographer

Rashid Nuri – Director, Truly Living Well, Urban Gardener, former Clinton advisor on Agriculture

Jane Patton – Education Pioneer and Director of Data, Algiers Charter Schools Association

Olivia and Carter Ries – Activists, Co-founders, One More Generation

Chelsea Rochman – Ecotoxicologist, UC Davis, Plastic As Hazardous Waste

Scott Seydel – President and CEO, The Seydel Companies Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Chair Advisory Board of Elemental Impact

Laura Turner Seydel – Chair, Captain Planet Foundation, Co-founder Chattahoochee RiverKeeper, Board, Environmental Working Group

Robert Simmons – Artist, Scientist, Director of GSU Micro Imaging Lab

Stephanie Stuckey Benfield – Lawyer, Director of GreenLaw

Heather White – Executive Director of Environmental Working Group

Liz York – CDC Director of Sustainability

With special musical guest, Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls

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