Keynote Speakers

NRN-LCEE public event on Single-Use Plastics

Thursday 18 October 2018, 11.00-16.00. Riverside Terrace, Principality Stadium, Cardiff

We are delighted that to date the following keynote speakers have agreed to share from their knowledge and insights at the event.

Edward Kosior

Managing Director, NEXTEK Ltd.

A future vision for sustainable packaging – Problems, challenges and solutions

More about Edward Kosior

Edward Kosior has been an innovator and academic in Plastics and Rubber technology for the past 40 years. He received a Bachelor of Applied Chemistry and Diploma of Education from Melbourne University and a Masters of Engineering Science in Polymer Engineering from Monash University Australia.

He worked at RMIT University Melbourne from 1975 to 1997, eventually as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering where he was teaching polymer engineering and supervising PhD and MEng students. He became the Director of the RMIT Polymer Technology Centre that was conducting industry focused polymer research.

He joined Australia’s biggest recycler, Visy Industries between 1997 and 2004 where he was the Senior Research and Development Manager for Visy Recycling. In this role he was responsible for the plant design and business development of markets for recycled plastics.

He is currently the Managing Director of NEXTEK Ltd that was established in 2004. NEXTEK provides technical advisory services to brand-owners and recycling companies, designing recycling plants for food-grade plastics and developing novel technologies for the plastics packaging industry. He holds several patents for recycling processes and is Honorary Professor at the Wolfson Centre for Material Processing, Brunel University London.

Professor Gary Leeke

Cranfield University

Adding value to mixed waste plastic

More about Prof. Gary Leeke

Prof. Gary Leeke is Chair in Chemical Engineering and Head of the Bioenergy and Resource Management Centre at Cranfield University, UK. His research interests lie in the areas of recycling enabling technologies and resource efficiency. He has expertise in high pressure engineering and thermo-chemical processing, specifically in reaction engineering, separation technology, flow reactors, and their applications to polymer/composite processing and remanufacture, mixed plastic waste and the circular economy. He currently leads three government-funded projects dealing with the transformation of plastic waste into chemical products. He led the EXHUME project in the UK investigating the deconstruction and re-use of fibre reinforced polymer composites. Gary is advisor to the New Plastics Economy and sits on the Composites Leadership Forum Sustainability Working Group for Composites UK.

Professor Wouter Poortinga

Cardiff University

Of policies, behaviour and single-use plastics

More about Prof. Wouter Poortinga

Prof. Wouter Poortinga is Professor of Environmental Psychology at the Welsh School of Architecture and the School of Psychology, Cardiff University. His research interests are in human-environment interactions, with a focus on neighbourhood quality, housing and health; and sustainable lifestyles and behaviour. He has conducted several research projects on public perceptions of climate change. His work on sustainable behaviours and lifestyles examined the role of environmental values and attitudes in household energy use, the attitudinal and behavioural aspects of environmental policies, such the plastic bag charge, and ways to discourage the use of disposable coffee cups.

Dr Richard Quilliam

University of Stirling

Microbial hitch-hikers of marine plastic debris: The survival, persistence & ecology of microbial communities in the Plastisphere

More about Dr Richard Quilliam

Dr Richard Quilliam is senior lecturer in Environmental Biology, with research interests in water quality and sanitation, environmental public health, sustainable agriculture & aquaculture and sustainable disease & waste management. Much of his research focuses on environmental pathogen ecology and water & soil pollution caused by the carriage, survival and cycling of zoonotic pathogens (which can be transmitted between animals and humans) and enteric diseases (which enter the body through the mouth) through agro-ecosystems and aquatic environments. His work adopts methods and theories from both the natural and social sciences and employs both qualitative and participatory approaches with a significant level of engagement with local communities.