Plastic, the versatile material that changed human life, is at the centre of a global crisis. How do we reduce the world’s plastic waste? According to Mark Miodownik, the answer is not to get rid of plastic but to design ways of using the material to encourage reuse and circularity.

In this hour-long talk, Miodownik, one of the world’s leading materials scientists, introduces the concept of ‘designing-out’ plastic waste, while also exploring the science, history, and even the positives of plastic.

Join Miodownik as he encourages us to reckon with our love-hate relationship with plastic, for better or for worse.

If you enjoy this event, Impressions Gallery is exhibiting Our Plastic Ocean by Mandy Barker from 29th June to 19th September 2019. Admission is free.

About The Speaker

Mark Miodownik

Mark is an award-winning author and UCL Professor of Materials & Society. In 2014 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2018 he was awarded an MBE for services to materials science, engineering and broadcasting. For more than fifteen years he has championed materials science research that links to the arts and humanities, medicine, and society.