Schedule of the event

Sunday 10th September

15.00 - 18.00


18.00 - 18.15


Welcome address

18.15 - 19.15

Opening Keynote Lecture: Damia Barcelo (Catalan Institute for Water Research, Spain)

“Microplastics in terrestrial and aquatic environments: green analytical protocols, risks and sustainable solutions”

19.15 - 20.00

Welcome party

Monday 11th September

Fate & modelling of micro- and nanoplastics in terrestrial environments

Chairs: Moritz Bigalke, Alberto Frache, Luca Nizzetto

8.30 - 9.00

Keynote Lecture: Luca Nizzetto (Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Norway)

“Confronting uncertainties of models for plastic releases, fate and transport”

9.00 - 10.30

  • Marion Yvin – “Degradation and end-of-life of biodegradable plastic mulches in soils”
  •  Delphine Cirederf Boulant – “Microplastic contamination of organic fertilisers applied to agricultural soils” 
  • Leah Mupas Segui  – “Evaluating policy solutions to address microplastic emissions to land” 
  • Tommaso Nacci – “Studying the fate of biodegradable mulch films in the environment”
  • Vincent Ojijo – “Biodegradable Mulch Films Development: A case study for Africa” 
  • Zulfiqat Ahmad Saqib – “Distribution characteristics of microplastics in agricultural soils in two cities of Pakistan”

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break and poster session

The soil plastisphere: degradation processes, interactions with other stressors and impacts on soil functions

Chairs: Noureddine Bousserrhine, Maria Cristina Cocca, Fabrice Martin-Laurent

11.00 - 11.30

Keynote Lecture: Moritz Bigalke (Technical University Darmstad, Germany)

“100 or 10.000 microplastics kg-1: What are the problems with analyzing MP concentrations in soils?”

11.30 - 13.00

  • Marta Elisabetta Eleonora Temporiti – “The fungal assemblage in soil polluted by plastics. Biodiversity, metabolism, and degradation potential”
  • Sara Guerrini – “Biodegradable plastics: effects on soil functionality and fertility”
  • Sascha E. Oswald  – “Non-destructive detection and visualisation of microplastics in sandy soils by a novel 3D imaging approach” 
  • Francesca Bandini – “Exploring Bioplastic Degrading Microorganisms for Enhanced Biodegradation and Sustainable Waste Management” 
  • Giuseppe Proietto Salanitri – “Release into the soil of additives contained in biodegradable mulching films during their life of use”
  • Guido Zampieri – “Plastic metabolisation potential of the environmental microbiome following long-term exposure”

13.00 - 14.00


Invited lectures and flash poster presentations

Chairs: Alexsandra Tubic, Maurizio Avella, Domenico Vito

14.00 - 14.30

Invited lecture - Elena Rovesti (EFSA)

“The work of European Food Safety Authority in the risk assessment of micro and nano plastics in food”

14.30 - 15.00

Invited lecture - Lauren Weir (EIA)

“Cultivating Plastic: Agriplastics, Grocery Retailer supply chains and Regulatory Loopholes: Focus on the UK”

15.00 - 16.00

Flash poster presentations

  • Selene Chinaglia “Analysis of the microplastic emission potential of polymeric materials”
  • Medina Veliu “Application of analytical pyrolysis for the molecular fingerprinting of polymers (PE, PET, PP, PS and PVC) within natural organic matter matrices used for rooftop farming”
  • Chiara Gnoffo – “Optimization of pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy parameters in order to obtain nanoplastics calibration curves”
  • Filippo Vaccari – “The short-term effect of microplastics in lettuce involves size- and dose-dependent coordinate shaping of root metabolome, exudation profile and rhizomicrobiome”
  • Federica Piergiacomo – “Do microplastics offer a suitable surface for antibiotic resistance spread into the open environment?”
  • Anna Vanessa Alves – “Agri-Plast – Production Organization and Innovation for the Reduction of Agricultural Plastics”
  • Flavia Capuozzo – “Preliminary survey on the occurrence of microplastics in marketed clams (Tapes semidecussatus).”
  • Krystina Duswald: “New Spectroscopic Techniques and Machine Learning for Microplastic Identification”
  • Gokhan Tuncelli: “The effect of different types of microplastic and acute cadmium exposure on the Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis Lamarck, 1819)”
  • Sara Patrucco “Microplastics contamination in ruminant feeds: an emerging issue for livestock sector”
  • Hager Elboghdady –  “Microbial acclimation of thermophilic anaerobic digestate enhances biomethane production and biodegradation of polylactic acid in combination with organic wastes.”
  • Kate Schofield “HERA-MP – Establishment of a holistic environmental risk assessment for microplastics in the terrestrial environment using the study of environmentally relevant particles – ECO61”

16.00 - 16.30

Coffee break and poster session

Exposure assessment of micro- and nanoplastics in foods

Chairs: Margherita Ferrante, Mohamed el Banni, or Joaquim Rovira

16.30 - 17.00

Keynote Lecture: Gea Olivieri Conti (University of Catania)

“Microplastics: the invisible and underestimated risk in the food chain”

17.00 - 18.00

  • Nora Exposito – “Marine invertebrates interaction with microand nanoparticles particles: size and morphology influence on ingestion-egestion”
  • Benedikt Hufnagl – “Microplastics detection in food and beverages – Fast data processing and visualization approaches for μFTIR hyperspectral imaging based on machine learning”
  • Federica Di Giacinto  – “Detection of microplastics, polymers and additives in mussels and large pelagic fishes in the Adriatic Sea”
  • Claudia Favara – “Evaluation of microplastics in pigs samples intended for human consumption”


Gala Dinner

Tuesday 12th September

Toxicological and ecotoxicological impacts of plastics in the agro-food chain

Chairs: Francesca Bandini, Dimitrios Karpouzas, Gea Olivieri Conti

8.30 - 9.00

Invited lecture - Giulia Carcasci (FAO)

The work of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to improve the sustainability of plastics used in agriculture and their alternatives

9.00 - 9.30

Keynote Lecture: Esperanza Huerta Lwanga (Wageningen University & Research)

“Risk assessment of microplastics along the terrestrial food chain”

9.30 - 10.30

  • Sam van Loon – “Effects of starch-PBAT blend microplastics on plant growth, soil organisms, microbial functioning and soil physicochemical properties in a mesocosm study”
  • Iteb Boughattas – “Coexposure to environmental microplastic and the pesticide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D)
    induce distinctive alterations in the metabolome and microbial community structure in the gut of the earthworm Eisenia Andrei”
  • Sabrine Hattab – “Microplastic in agriculture soils irrigated with treated waste waters: ecotoxicological effects using Lumbricus sp.”
  • Giovanni Milani – “Microplastic mediated transfer of Tetracycline resistance: unveiling the role of mussels in marine ecosystem”

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break and poster session

11.00 - 11.30

Keynote Lecture: Joana Correia Prata (CESPU and University of Porto)

“Impact of airborne and foodborne microplastics on human health”

11.30 - 12.30

  • Serena Ducoli – “True-to-life nanoplastics for toxicological and ecotoxicological studies” 
  • Alessandro Russo – “Bioplastic on marine sandy shores: degradation by supralittoral talitrid amphipods” 
  • Nicolas Beriot – “Plastic mulch and pesticides residues effects on the lettuce growth”
  • Paola Pontecorvi – “Assessing the impact of Polyethylene Nano/Microplastic Exposure on Human Vaginal

12.30 - 13.00

Awards and closing ceremony

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.00

Meeting of the organizing committee, organization of next conference and future steps

A one-health approach for risk assessment of micro and nano-plastics
(Papillon-Minagris-PRIORITY stakeholders meeting)
Hybrid event free of charge

Chairs: Julie Ingram, Stefania Federici, Luca Nizzetto

15.30 - 18.30

Plastics impact soil ecosystems, enter the agri-food chain, and pose potential toxic effects. The One Health concept, linking human, environmental, and ecosystem health, is crucial. This workshop unites experts, researchers, policymakers, and industry to address micro/nanoplastics’ risks, assessment, and mitigation in agri-food chains. The goal is to fill research gaps and reduce uncertainties for effective policy development.

Session 1

Includes concise updates from MINAGRIS and PAPILLON EU projects on micro/nanoplastic impacts on soil and ecosystem health. Also, a brief introduction to the COST Action PRIORITY will be given by relator Aleksandra Tubić .

Session 2

Includes introductory expert talks followed by Q&A:

  • Ettore Capri –  Micro/nanoplastics risk assessment roadmap: insights from plant protection products. Ettore Capri, Full Professor in Agricultural Chemistry, brings expertise in pesticide risk assessment, including EFSA Plant Protection Products panel work.
  • Margherita Ferrante –  Standardizing methods for micro/nanoplastics quantification. Transitioning patented food methods to soil analyses. Margherita Ferrante, Full Professor in Human Hygiene, pioneered patented methods for food microplastics quantification.

Session 3

Interactive in-person session: Risk Assessment Roadmap, Method Standardisation and Research gaps to be met for policy development