21 October will see the Plastic Health Summit, organised by the Plastic Soup Foundation, in Amsterdam and online. Two POLYRISK researchers will be speaking in the first session, on exposure and toxic effects.


It is hard to imagine a world without plastic. In fact, it is almost unavoidable; we eat, drink and breathe micro- and nanoplastics – and their harmful chemical additives – every single day. What is that doing to our health?

Speakers from all parts of the world will present groundbreaking science about the status of our exposure, as well as compelling stories on environmental justice and plastics up close and personal. 

The Plastic Health Summit focuses exclusively on how the presence of microplastics and chemical additives in the environment is affecting our health. The event brings together all stakeholders involved, from scientists and policymakers to politicians, citizens, influencers, NGOs, industry and innovators to collaboratively work towards a Healthy Future for All.

The first session of the programme is entitled EXPOSURE AND TOXIC EFFECTS, designed to take a look at human exposure to micro-and nanoplastics, and how the ubiquity of plastic may have toxic effects worse than we ever imagined. Scientists from around the world will share their latest findings on, among other topics, plastics and blood, epidemiology, fetal development, and hormone-related disorders and cancers. Heather Leslie and Dr. Raymond Pieters who are POLYRISK project partners, will be two of them.

Heather is an environmental pollution scientist and Raymond is an immunotoxicologist at the University of Utrecht.

More information on the event, the programme and tickets can be found here.