PRIORITY stands for "plastics monitoring detection remediation recovery" and it is a science and technology research network focused on developing, implementing, and consolidating strategies to tackle the global challenges of micro- and nanoplastics in the environment.
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) funds the four years PRIORITY (start 19/10/2021 - end 18/10/2025) to enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers, boosting their research, career and innovation.
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Environmental plastic pollution is nowadays a great concern. The extremely wide usage of plastic in almost every human activity has led to a progressive accumulation of plastic waste in the environment. Once plastic enters the environment it undergoes degradation processes, resulting in fragmentation into smaller pieces, generating micro- and nanoscale particles. PRIORITY supports the harmonization of European regulation associated with micro- and nanoplastics, assisting the European Commission in critical aspects of environmental and ecosystems protection, food safety, and life science.
This COST Action combines expertise in chemistry, physics, life science, engineering, standards, economy, and law on issues related to micro- and nanoplastics, with specific targets of health and environmental concerns. The network is meant as a robust infrastructure for scientific communication, exchange, and collaboration to foster new research activities and citizen science. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, hazard assessment, analytical procedures, mitigation strategies, metrology, and regulatory science.
You can find more information about this COST Action here.