What are the impacts of micro- and nanoplastics on the human body?

We are 75 organisations from 21 countries working within five large-scale research projects united in CUSP – the European research cluster to understand the health impacts of micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs).


The CUSP cluster

Uniting five research initiatives in one large cluster will help create synergies and amplify the effort of individual research initiatives. The CUSP team will work closely with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre to enhance the impact of their research and to make sure there is a constant dialogue between science and policymaking.

Press release

Learn more about CUSP's launch

A press release about the CUSP cluster is available for download in 13 different languages


SETAC 2024: Call for abstracts

The CUSP Cluster is calling for abstracts for a proposed session at SETAC 2024, to be held in Seville from 5 – 9 May 2024; the session, named ‘The Fate and Effects of Micro- and Nano-plastics in Relation to Human Health Exposure’, will present the latest developments in analytical techniques and biological assays and models and associated results that advance our understanding of human exposure to MNPs and their fate and effects.

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May 5 - May 9, 2024

SETAC Europe 34th Annual Meeting

Seville, Spain

Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2024

2024 SETAC Asia-Pacific Conference

Tianjin, China

Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2024

MICRO 2024: Plastic Pollution from macro to nano

Lanzarote, Spain

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