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  • Employees at Mausund Field Station took a group from NTNU out to Froan Nature Reserve to see the extent of marine litter and carry out their field work. Photo: Hilde Ervik, March 2020
    Action Ocean Plastic Waste

Action Ocean Plastic Waste

Action Ocean Plastic Waste

Plastic waste has reached all the world's oceans, fueled by approximately 8 million additional pieces of plastic pollution finding their way into the seven seas every single day. From macroplastics to microplastics, to chemicals leaching from the plastics, it is all a threat to reaching the goals set out in UN Sustainability Goal 14 for a healthy and sustainable Ocean. 

NTNU Oceans and NTNU Sustainability have established a joint initiative titled NTNU Action Ocean Plastic Waste, currently for the 3-year period 2020-2022. The purpose of the initiative is to contribute to NTNU's vision 'Knowledge for a better world', more specifically with activities for increased knowledge in the area of plastic waste, marine plastic littering and plastic pollution, in line with UN SDG No. 14 and its targets. 

Action Ocean Plastic Waste builds on the work done in this area of plastic research at NTNU. The program is intended to act as a coordinating superstructure of various projects and individual activities at NTNU in the area of plastic waste, marine plastic littering and plastic pollution. The AOPW initiative aims to connect relevant researchers, both within NTNU and externally, and raise the visibilty of ocean plastic research. Additionally, AOPW will further facilitate cross-disciplinary projects, promoting the launching of research and innovation activities that would include students with the collaboration of researchers and other NTNU staff, in an effort to fight plastic pollution in our Oceans.

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One of the projects already established by the AOPW initiative, Interns for Sustainability project, will run in the period 2020-2022 and it is co-funded by Handelens Miljøfond.

The project motivates already established students and researchers at NTNU to choose topics related to Ocean Plastic Waste for pre-thesis and thesis project work, offering selected projects some additional funds as well as the opportunity to join some of the other project activities like: 1) SANO Excursions – Norway/ South Africa participants working on team led innovative projects to contribute to reduction of Ocean Plastic Waste and 2) the Experts in Teamwork villages at NTNU in Spring 2021 that will focus on student led projects to contribute to solutions.


You can read more about the project and apply here.


Interested in doing your thesis on a related topic?

You can work with your supervisor and join the AOPW network for more support, resources and possible outreach based on your work. Please contact us to learn more.

Ocean Plastic village information here.

To engage our research community and citizens, we will conduct a series of virtual events starting in fall 2020. From Ocean Clean Up Challenge to sharing information on the social media platforms, we will be aiming to raise awareness of the issue and the research produced both at NTNU and partner institutions.