Global Research & Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) 2022 Programme Released

Posted on: 11/03/2022

With just 4 days to go until Global Research & Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) 2022 kicks off, taking place online 15th - 17th March 2022, we are delighted to now share the full programme with you.

Global Research & Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS)

Tuesday 15th March – Thursday 17th March 2022 | Online

Global Research and Innovation in Plastics Sustainability is a conference, exhibition and showcase that will be held on 15th – 17th March 2022 online. It is organised and run by Innovate UK KTN and hosted by the UK Circular Plastics Network.

Register for GRIPS 2022 here.



The packed programme, covering three parallel sessions over the three days, has now been released with speakers including David Shukman (Former Science Editor, BBC), Prof. Tony Ryan (University of Sheffield), Jude Allan (Chair of Packaging Group, IOM3), Prof. Michael Shaver (Professor of Polymer Science, University of Manchester), Rachael Rothman (Grantham Centre for Sustainability), and Adam Read (Suez). In the programme you’ll be able to see the full list of exhibitors and speakers. Click here to view the programme.

For GRIPS 2022, we have the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge running its own mini-conference within the programme. Throughout the three days you’ll be able to follow a programme of talks and panel discussions from the SSPP team, allowing delegates & exhibitors alike to find out about the challenge, the funded cohort as well as opportunities to interact with the SSPP team.



Following on from the hugely successful GRIPS 2021, the event in 2022 will again showcase research and innovation from both the academic and industrial community that make polymers more sustainable. It will bring together companies and individuals to highlight the best of the UK and select international activities which will lead to plastics being less likely to reach landfill, end up incinerated, or become fugitive in the environment.

Research and innovation from both the academic and industrial community will be showcased at GRIPS 2022. 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. Each session aims to identify recommendations for immediate action in the plastics value chain. The event will focus on Finding the Future of Plastics & Polymers with 80+ speakers, 50 exhibitors, and 3 days of interactive sessions driven by sector experts with themes on: construction; legislation; agriculture; healthcare; net zero; marine plastics; chemical recycling; sustainable design; innovation opportunities in global markets; plastic packaging; and many more.

With the forthcoming Plastics Packaging Tax, extended producer responsibility (EPR) and deposit return schemes being on the near horizon, the adoption at scale of the innovations that will have impact in the UK and worldwide are of great importance. Join us and see what the future may hold!

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