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National Sea Day at FCT NOVA

16 November 2018
Great Auditorium of NOVA School of Science and Technology


To celebrate the National Sea Day on November 16thNOVA School of Science and Technology invited Captain Charles Moore to talk about the discovery of the Great Garbage Island in the Pacific. The conference will take place at the Grand Auditorium of FCT NOVA, between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

In 1997, Captain Charles Moore brought to the public debate the problem of plastic in the oceans. The reason? The discovery of the Great Garbage Island in the North Pacific. The island, which is mostly made of plastic and has never stopped growing, has already reached an area of ​​1.6 million square kilometers. It is 17 times bigger than Portugal. Since then, Captain Charles Moore has spent years studying and monitoring the accumulation of plastic at sea. The Captain will explain how he discovered the first great mass of oceanic trash and the importance of the work he has been developing.

On the same day the alumnus João Frias, joins the debate on this theme. The former student is a researcher at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, where he develops a microplastics management project.

The meeting is the result of the partnership of the FCT NOVA Library with American Corner, DCEA - Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and MARE - Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences.

Participation in this event is free but subject to registration by completing the registration form. More information on the FCT NOVA Library website.


Dia Nacional do Mar