On June 9, 2021, CUSP held a launch event with a large audience of representatives of the European Commission, stakeholders, and interested citizens. The launch was an official partner event of the 2021 EU Green Week and featured an introductory session on the current issues and the political landscape related to micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs), an overview presentation of each of the five CUSP projects, and a panel discussion featuring the projects’ coordinators. These presentations were recorded and are now freely available to watch on CUSP’s YouTube channel.
75 organisations from 21 countries form the five large-scale projects (AURORA, IMPTOX, PlasticHeal, PlasticFate and POLYRISK) within CUSP. Funded by the European Commission with EUR 30 million, an interdisciplinary team of scientists, industry and policymakers will collaborate in investigating the complex relationship between MNPs and human health. The team will be focusing in particular on exposure routes, hazard and risk assessment, and the development of new analytical tools to measure, characterize and quantify MNPs.